Dolphins-Texans Preview Capsule
MIAMI (4-3) at HOUSTON (4-3)
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFLN
OPENING LINE - Texans by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Miami 4-3, Houston 2-5
SERIES RECORD - Texans lead series 7-1
LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Texans 44-26, Oct. 25, 2015
LAST WEEK - Dolphins lost to Lions 32-21; Texans beat Jaguars 20-7
AP PRO32 RANKING - Dolphins No. 18, Texans No. 12
DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (18), PASS (25).
DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (29), PASS (23).
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (15), PASS (16).
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (8), PASS (13).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Dolphins have been outgained by 533 yards. ... Last week Miami fell out of first-place tie with New England in AFC East ... QB Brock Osweiler will make third straight start with Ryan Tannehill out with shoulder injury. Osweiler has thrown for 619 yards with five TDs and two INTs in two starts. Osweiler signed $72 million contract with Texans in 2016 but remained in Houston for just one year before being traded to Cleveland. ... RB Frank Gore ran for 100 yards in last game against Houston in 2017 with Indianapolis. ... RB Kenyan Drake has five touchdowns in last seven games on road. ... WR Danny Amendola had 84 yards receiving and touchdown reception last week. ... WR Kenny Stills had TD catch against Patriots but could miss game after injuring groin Sunday. ... DE Cameron Wake has 6 1/2 sacks and has forced four fumbles in last five games against AFC South. He has seven sacks in last eight Thursday night games. ... LB Kiko Alonso ranks second in NFL with 66 tackles and is only player this season with 50 or more tackles and three forced fumbles. ... S Reshad Jones had eight tackles and 23-yard interception return for TD in last game against Houston. ... DE Andre Branch had sack and forced fumble last week. ... Texans have won four straight after 0-3 start. ... QB Deshaun Watson has thrown for 375 yards or more in two of last three home games. He has 16 TDs with six INTs in six career starts in Houston. ... RB Lamar Miller had 100 yards rushing last week for first 100-yard rushing game since 2016. Miller was drafted by Miami in 2012 and played for Dolphins until 2015. ... WR Will Fuller has six touchdown catches in last nine home games. ... DE J.J. Watt has seven sacks in last five games. He had two sacks and three tackles for losses in last game against Dolphins. ... DE Jadeveon Clowney had seven tackles, two sacks and fumble recovery last week. Clowney has 4 1/2 sacks, eight tackles for losses and two fumble recoveries in last four games. ... LB Whitney Mercilus forced two fumbles and had sack vs. Jaguars. ... LB Zach Cunningham forced fumble and had third straight game with 10 or more tackles last week. ... S Tyrann Mathieu had interception and sack last week. ... Fantasy tip: Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has had touchdown reception in two straight games and has 909 yards receiving with 12 TDs in last 11 home games.
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