NFL Preview – Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins

NFL Preview – Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins

NFL Preview – Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins

The halfway point of the NFL season is swiftly approaching next week and it’s in this point of the season, week seven, where teams begin upping their quality of play in order to challenge for a coveted playoff place. Because of this, games will start becoming really competitive and great to watch. We move on over to the Sunshine State for our second game as the Miami Dolphins seek their first home win of the season following a change in coaching staff. They face the challenge of the Houston Texans who are reeling following a win last weekend.

The Miami Dolphins are a reinvigorated outfit since the massive adjustments in coaching staff. With their road to retribution, we think they can cover the -4.5 spread against a Texans team who have earned feeble wins this season. You can get Miami Dolphins -4.5 at odds of 23/25 with 888 Sport. Click here or the banner below to ‘Treble the Odds’ with your first bet!

The Dolphins season looked in tatters following a 1-3 start. Head Coach Joe Philbin was fired following an embarrassing loss in London. That move might of been the most crucial move they made this season and going ahead. The Dolphins travelled to Tennessee last week under with a new motive under new intense Head Coach Dan Campbell. Campbell made this team live up to their talent, playing like nothing we’ve seen from the Dolphins all season. Now sitting 2-3 and in 4th position in the New England Patriots led AFC East, the Dolphins seek a serious campaign to hunt down an AFC Wild Card spot.

Ryan Tannehill was rewarded with a huge offseason contract which many thought was a bust signing following his terrible start to the season, however after throwing two touchdowns and a 76% completion rate last week, hopes has been raised again for him. Tannehill is completing a meager 59% of his passes, adding nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Jarvis Landry has caught 31 passes for 312 yards and Rishard Matthews has caught 23 passes for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jordan Cameron has also been potent on the pass. Lamar Miller has ran for 244 yards and a touchdown this season. The Dolphins are allowing 22 points per game and 379 yards per game on average.

The 2-4 Houston Texans have thus far only managed to win on the road this season, so this game could be pivotal for the Texans in a wide-open AFC South this year. The Indianapolis Colts who haven’t lost a division game in over 15 head-to-heads were expected to walk this division however a terrible start from the Colts who have just no defence and with Andrew Luck playing out of sorts, this has left the door open to the Texans who sit second in the division so far. A win from them and a loss from the Colts will take them top.

The team has been juggling start Quarterbacks between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett this season, however Hoyer gets the call to start under center against the Texans. Hoyer has completed 63% of his passes, tossing eight touchdowns and two interceptions. DeAndre Hopkins has well and truly led the aerial attack this season, catch for 726 yards on 52 receptions and for five touchdowns. He might just be the best receiver in the NFL this season, coming off a 150 yard and two touchdown performance last week. Cecil Shorts has also added 299 yards on 26 receptions. Alfred Blue has led the running game over Arian Foster this season, running for 226 yards and one touchdown. Their defence is allowing 26 points per game and 349 yards per game on average.

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Miami are the favoured club in this game. You’re getting a single touchdown with them, getting -4.5 on the spread. The Dolphins however are 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games. The Texans are 4-1 against the spread versus a team with a losing record and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games following a win. In their last seven meetings, the Texans lead the head-to-head, 5-2 against the spread.

I think a lot was made of this Houston Texans team this offseason seeing as they have potentially the best defence in the NFL. That hasn’t translated into results thus far this season and I truly think their problem is that they’re juggling their Quarterbacks far too much. I think it’s become quite obvious that Hoyer is the more professional ready Quarterback and he needs to be named the permanent starter unless he really drops off in form. The juggling has disrupted this offence. Miami looked like a trainwreck under Joe Philbin, but has formerly mentioned, firing Philbin and promoting Dan Campbell to Head Coach, who made an instant impact talking about how this teams wants to practice hard and to bring intensity back to practice and in games, then translated that instant impact into results last week. Coaching changes make so much difference in professional sports and with the sheer amount of talent Miami had, it seems Campbell has brought that talent out. The Texans etched past Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, two of the bottom ten teams in the league. I think the Texans are also bottom ten and don’t match Miami in terms of talent. Because of that, I think the Dolphins win by a touchdown and PAT, easily covering the spread. Miami Dolphins to get the victory.

Dan Glozier.

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