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Game Recap: Texans 23, Dolphins 13
By on September 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

The Miami Dolphins dropped another home game and fell to 0-2 this afternoon as they were defeated 23-13 by the Houston Texans at Sun Life Stadium.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw for two touchdowns and 230 yards on 21-of-29 passing while running back Ben Tate finished his day with 103 yards on the ground.

The Dolphins, who trailed 16-3 at the half, had their chances, as they saw a 22-yard Dan Carpenter field goal attempt blocked and a 34-yard attempt sail wide left in the second quarter.

Miami opened up the scoring in the second half with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Brandon Marshall to cut the lead to 16-10, and then closed the gap even more when Carpenter converted a 34-yard field goal to bring the Dolphins within three at 16-13 early in the fourth quarter. Schaub’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson re-extended the lead, though, and the Texans would control the ball much of the final period and finish the game off without needing another score.

The Fins offense, so potent in Week 1, struggled much of the day, as Henne completed just 12 of 30 passes for 170 yards, the one touchdown, and the interception. On the ground, rookie Daniel Thomas made his season debut and ran well, collecting 107 yards on 18 carries but also fumbled in a tough spot in the second half.

Perhaps most importantly for the Dolphins, they hit the road for the first time this season next week, as they visit the 1-1 Browns, who beat the Colts 27-19 earlier this afternoon in Indianapolis. The Browns picked up a win at Sun Life Stadium in 2010, but the Dolphins, who were 6-2 on the road last year, may just need to get out of town after they’ve now lost 11 of their last 12 regular season games in South Florida.


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Adam says:

Problem is we should have high expectations at this point. We’re in year 4. The team should be a playoff contender. Otherwise we’re going to become the Bills, who went 7-9 three straight years, and haven’t gone above 7-9 since 2004.

longtimeFINFAN says:

This years Bills team will smoke our team if they keep playing like this – why is Nolan Carroll still on this team????? Second game in a row where the other team’s receiving core made him look like a high school player!!

Poetteski22 says:

Need a change in the coaching staff and at QB. Henne cant be an elite qb. Sparono continues to go for fgs on fourth and goal. Its terrible to watch.

shanydawg says:

We’ve tried that – the solution to the “dolphin problem” is that the PLAYERS NEED TO MAKE PLAYS! We’ve already changed coaches, players, owners, stadiums, even the grass… all that’s left at this point is for the PLAYERS TO MAKE PLAYS! If that happens… our suffering ends.

But at this rate… Vince Lombardy and Marino won’t make a difference.

NYPD DOLFAN says:

Its not fun being a fan right now but hang in there i think they will come back and win a few. Were expecting to much I think. They experts said they wouldnt be good.

shanydawg says:

First off the experts are idiots. Secondly, it’s year 4 of the Sporano-Henne project… and although the Q is playing well, now the defense is laying an egg… something I NEVER saw coming. But if we have no expectations at THIS point… then the problem is US and not them.

frankiebazz says:

this is the biggest problem Chad Henne is garbage he can not put points on the board when we need them. He is gonna cost sparano his job if he doesnt pull him i am sick and tired of watching him he has no flow to the offense u can blame anyone you want. I felt the defense did give up some plays but they did enough to keep them in a close game Henne wants lead the team he has to put some points on the board and Sparano pull the fricken guy its frustrating watching this garbage

obiwankanobe says:

We need some work on that darn secondary, this is just embarassing…i believe in our offence, bush needs to be a slot reciever and 3rd down rb. Thomas should take all the rb carries. But defence needs some work cuz we r n big trouble. Amd sporano(your jobs is on the line makes me wonder why we didnt seal the deal with Jim harbaugh……overall offence looked good but defence is really falling apart we need are Davis to get well soon cuz we are definitly hurting with out our #1 corner as well as clemons.

Adam says:

Same old same old…nothing has changed over the past 3 years. 2008 was lucky, came out of nowhere with an easy schedule and surprised with the wildcat.

shanydawg says:

coe mon Adam, sure they suck now… but give credit where credit is due… the Wild Cat was BRILLIANT if only short lived. It was fun and exciting…. something you could rarely call THIS team over the past 10 seasons. I’m SO SAD!