Football Pick: Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins Preview
Was there a team more impressive in Week 1 than the Texans? QB Matt Schaub and the offense absolutely picked apart the defense of the Indianapolis Colts for the first 30 minutes of the game, doing everything right. Schaub threw for a TD to WR Andre Johnson, and both RBs Ben Tate and Derrick Ward found their way into the end zone as well. Heck, even WR Jacoby Jones had a punt return for a score to stretch the halftime margin out to 34-0 before the team took its foot off of the gas pedal in the second half. Still, thanks to the lack of skill that Indy apparently has this year, there is some question looming about just how good this team is and whether this is the season that it gets over the hump and gets into the playoffs for the first time. If not, Head Coach Gary Kubiak has some massive explaining to do. The question mark this week involves RB Arian Foster, whose hamstring injury might be worse than anyone expected at the outset of the season. Still, with Tate and Ward, the backfield is just fine in Houston, and we aren’t particularly worried about which one of these backs is touching the pigskin.
Of late, when the Dolphins lose games, the fan base in South Florida starts screaming for the heads of QB Chad Henne and Head Coach Tony Sparano. This week, anyone who is screaming for Henne to be benched needs their head examined. All that the former Michigan Wolverine did on Monday Night Football was throw for 416 yards and two scores and run for another 59 yards and a TD to boot. It’s not his fault that the defense allowed a whopping 612 yards to QB Tom Brady and company, nor is it his fault that the team allowed a backbreaking 99 yard touchdown pass to WR Wes Welke in the fourth quarter. Instead, it is the secondary that really needs to be picking itself up off of the mat, as Brady threw for 517 yards and four TDs, numbers that you normally only see in video games and Hawaii Warriors games. Though Schaub isn’t as good as Brady is, the receivers that he has to work with are outstanding, and if the Fins couldn’t cover Welker and WR Deion Branch, there’s no way that they are going to be able to cover Johnson.
Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins Pick: The Dolphins just aren’t that good this year, and though they badly need to win this game to keep the fire off of the back of Sparano, it just isn’t going to happen. Houston is on a roll right now, and it isn’t stopping in the Sunshine State.
NFL Pick: Houston Texans -3 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.