In a few short hours the 2012 NFL season will kick-off for YOUR Miami Dolphins as the travel to take on the Houston Texans. (Dolphins offense vs Texans defense preview is HERE … Dolphins defense vs Texans offense preview is HERE). Let’s look at a few fun stats for today…
Only 4 teams allowed fewer 1st downs than the 2011 Texans defense.
Only 3 defenses committed fewer penalties than the 2011 Texans.
Houston is 6-0 all-time vs Miami.
Last time Miami traveled to Houston was 2008. In that game a Ronnie Brown TD put Miami in the lead with 1:45 left in the 4th quarter. However, with 3 seconds left to play in the game Matt Schaub took it in from 3 yards out for the game winning TD. 29-28 final.
Miami won their road opener, and went 6-2 on the road in 2010. That reversed to 2-6 in 2011.
107 yards, 5.9 run per carry average. Those were the stats for Daniel Thomas in the 2011 home loss to the Texans.
The Texans secondary destroyed the ‘Phins passing game last season. Chad Henne was 12 for 30 (yikes) for a measly 170 yards.
Reggie Bush has 6 career games of 100+ yards rushing, and is on an impressive streak of 4 in a row. (Reggie Bush Player Profile is HERE)
Arian Foster first popped on the scene in a week 16 Texans victory at Miami (27-20) in 2009. He rushed for 97 yards, and they were impressive yards. Since then he has amassed 16 games of 100+ rushing yards.
Foster had 3 games in 2011 where he had 100+ receiving yards out of the backfield.
Andre Johnson had a miserable time with both hamstrings in 2011 (missing 9 games), but we know when he is healthy he is awesome.
Of the team leaders for the 2011 Dolphins, only the leading rusher remains (Bush, Matt Moore is still on the team but in a back-up role) Brandon Marshall (receptions) Yeremiah Bell (tackles) and Vontae Davis (INTs) are all elsewhere.
The 2011 Texans threw just 9 INTs, while their defense created 17 INTs.
In 2011 Foster and Ben Tate combined for 110 first downs (massive amount…Dolphins players combined had just 89)
Some places have the Texans favored by 12.5, others by 13. That makes Miami thee underdog for week 1.
Ryan Tannehill is the 17th QB to start for the Dolphins since Dan Marino retired, and he wears #17. Rookie QBs are a combined 35-67 the last few years (Tannehill is 1 of 5 rookie QBs starting today).
Enjoy the game, and thank you for your read.
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