Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to pass against the Cleveland Browns during the second  half of an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Nov. 13, 2022.

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Texans to start QB Kyle Allen against rested Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins return from their bye week on a four-game winning streak and are set to face the spiraling Houston Texans on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins (7-3) look to be as healthy as they have been in quite some time with several players returning to the practice field this week.

The key to Miami’s offense continues to be the improved play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is having an MVP-caliber season. Tagovailoa entered the week leading the NFL with a 118.4 passer rating and ranked fourth in the AFC in touchdown passes (18) behind only Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Josh Allen.

The Dolphins are 7-0 when Tagovailoa starts and finishes a game this season.

While the Dolphins have found stability under center, the Texans (1-8-1) are reportedly ready to make a change at quarterback.

NFL Network reported on Wednesday that Houston is benching second-year starter Davis Mills and is likely to start Kyle Allen, who has 24 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and an 84.9 passer rating in 21 career NFL games (17 starts) combined during stints with Carolina and Washington.

Texans coach Lovie Smith didn’t confirm the move when asked on Wednesday, but didn’t deny it either.

Mills completed 19 of 33 passes for 169 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and a 46.1 passer rating in a 23-10 loss to Washington last week.

Allen has yet to take a snap this season, but completed 11 of 15 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown during two preseason appearances.

“Kyle can make all the throws. He has a history of good play in the NFL,” Smith said Tuesday. “He’s a veteran that’s been in situations, gets rid of the ball quickly. There’s a lot of things to like about what Kyle has done.

“We’re not pleased with where we are. Do we need to do some things differently? Yes, and we will.”

Miami doesn’t want to see much change except in the kicking game, where typically-reliable Jason Sanders is struggling.

Sanders ranks 29th among kickers who have kicked in at least four games this season with a 76.5 percent field goal percentage. Sanders missed two extra points in the Dolphins’ most recent win against Cleveland and has missed three overall while going 13-for-17 on field goals. He is 36 of 48 on field goals following the 2020 season, when he made 36 of 39.

“Jason has been a very good kicker in this league,” Dolphins special teams coordinator Danny Crossman told reporters this week. “I have no doubt he’ll get back to that. Jason will get it right. I believe in Jason.”

The Texans will need Allen to ignite an offense that sputtered completely last week.

Even rookie running back Dameon Pierce, who came into the game with 772 rushing yards, was held in check, tallying just 8 yards on 10 carries.

One prominent member of Miami’s backfield — Raheem Mostert (knee) — did not practice on Wednesday, nor did punter Thomas Morstead (illness). Tackle Terron Armstead (toe), linebacker Jerome Baker (hip), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee), tight end Tanner Conner (knee/back), cornerback Keion Crossen (shoulder) and defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee) were all limited.

For the Texans, defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. (hamstring) and long snapper Jon Weeks (personal) did not practice.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) tackles Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) in to touch during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings knock off Dolphins 24-16 to win fourth straight

Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 30 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-16 win over the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings (5-1) won their fourth consecutive game and sealed the outcome when Dalvin Cook broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run with 3:15 remaining.

The defeat snapped an eight-game home winning streak for the Dolphins (3-3).

Cook, a Miami native, played his first NFL game in his hometown and was held in check until his late scoring burst. He finished with 77 yards on 13 carries.

The Vikings’ defense dominated most of the game, recording six sacks, led by two each for Za’Darius Smith and Pat Jones.

For the third consecutive game, the Dolphins were forced to switch quarterbacks when starter Skylar Thompson was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter with a right thumb injury.

Teddy Bridgewater, who cleared concussion protocol on Saturday, followed Thompson and completed 23 of 34 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice and sacked five times. Thompson completed 7 of 13 passes for 89 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Dolphins’ defensive front was able to put pressure on Cousins at times, sacking him three times. Elandon Roberts led Miami’s defense with 1.5 sacks.

But Cousins did just enough offensively, throwing touchdown passes to Irv Smith Jr. and Adam Thielen.

Tyreek Hill led the Dolphins with 12 catches for 177 yards, and Jaylen Waddle finished with six catches for 129 yards.

Trailing 16-3 with a little over 14 minutes left in the fourth, Bridgewater led a seven-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki, who finished with season highs of six catches and 69 yards.

After forcing a punt, the Dolphins drove into Minnesota territory on the ensuing drive. But after Bridgewater hit Waddle over the middle for a first down, Waddle was stripped by Vikings safety Harrison Smith, and Minnesota’s Camryn Bynum made the fumble recovery.

Dolphins cornerback Nik Needham injured his ankle and was carted off in the second quarter. He did not return.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner (1) intercepts a pass intended for wide receiver River Cracraft (85) from quarterback Skylar Thompson (not shown) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Breece Hall powers Jets to 40-17 rout of Dolphins

Breece Hall gained 197 yards from scrimmage and fellow rookie Sauce Gardner made two critical plays as the New York Jets pounded the Miami Dolphins 40-17 on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.

Hall carried 18 times for 97 yards and caught two passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

The young Jets (3-2) also got 210 passing yards from second-year quarterback Zach Wilson, who is 2-0 this season after starting the season on the injured list.

New York also snapped a four-game losing streak against AFC East rival Miami.

The Dolphins (3-2), who have lost two straight games, played without their top quarterbacks — Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater — both due to concussion protocol. Bridgewater started Sunday but left after just one play as he was hit by Gardner, causing a safety.

Third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, a rookie seventh-round pick who had never taken a snap before Sunday, took over and completed 19 of 33 passes for 166 yards and one interception.

New York took a 12-0 lead with the safety (Bridgewater was called for intentional grounding from the end zone), Greg Zuerlein’s 34-yard field goal and Michael Carter’s 1-yard run to start the second quarter.

That TD was set up by Wilson’s 79-yard swing pass to Hall, who dragged safety Brandon Jones for the final 20. Jones held on to Hall’s left leg, finally getting him down at the goal line.

With 9:55 left in the second quarter, Miami got on the board on Raheem Mostert’s 12-yard run.

New York stretched its lead to 19-7 on Wilson’s 5-yard diving run with 2:38 left before halftime. That score was set up by Gardner’s first career interception.

Miami answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard sneak by tight end Durham Smythe with just four seconds left before halftime.

The Dolphins cut their deficit to 19-17 with a 46-yard Jason Sanders field goal, the only points in the third quarter.

But after Sanders missed a 54-yard attempt wide right, the Jets drove for Carter’s second 1-yard TD run. That gave New York a 26-17 lead with 9:22 left.

The Jets poured it on from there, scoring on a 5-yard run by Hall and a 15-yard end around from Braxton Berrios. The TD by Hall was set up by Carl Lawson’s strip-sack, recovered by Quinnen Williams.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) looks on after the game against the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Byron Jones on PUP list, out first 4 games

The Miami Dolphins placed cornerback Byron Jones on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday, keeping him sidelined for the first four games as he continues his return from an Achilles injury.

That stretch includes games against four top quarterbacks: New England’s Mac Jones, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.

Jones, who turns 30 next month, had offseason surgery on his ankle and Achilles.

He registered 58 tackles and 10 passes defensed in 16 starts for the Dolphins in 2021.

A first-round pick by Dallas in 2015, Jones has 444 tackles, four interceptions and five forced fumbles in 109 games (103 starts) with the Cowboys (2015-19) and Dolphins. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018.

Miami also placed linebacker Brennan Scarlett on injured reserve and waived 13 players: wide receivers Lynn Bowden Jr., River Cracraft, Braylon Sanders and Preston Williams; offensive linemen Larnel Coleman, Kellen Diesch, Solomon Kindley and Kion Smith; linebackers Cameron Goode and Porter Guston; defensive tackles Benito Jones and Ben Stille; and safety Verone McKinley III.

–Field Level Media