Recap: Texans Ride Four Forced Turnovers To Win Over Dolphins
HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — The Texans offensive wasn’t quite as consistent as expected, but the defense more than compensated by coming up with key turnovers in the second quarter to help pave the way for their 30-10 win over Miami during Sunday’s season opener at Reliant Stadium.
The Texans defense forced four turnovers – three off of interceptions by Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill – in which the offense turned into 24 unanswered points in the first half to set the stage for season-opening win in front of 71,566.
Who Did Well: The day belonged to second-year defensive end J.J. Watt, who came up two clutch deflections that turned into interceptions in the second quarter to all but seal the game. Watt finished the game with three tackles, 1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries and three pass deflections.
Both receiver Andre Johnson and tight end Owen Daniels came up big in the passing game. Johnson caught eight passes 119 yards and one touchdown on the day. Daniels also gave the passing game a boost with four receptions for 87 yards, which included a 29-yard reception.
Cornerback Kareem Jackson had five tackles while deflecting two passes and intercepting one pass by Tannehill on the day. Safety Glover Quin also came through with a big game with six tackles, which included a forced fumble when he tackled running back Daniel Thomas late in the second quarter.
Who Struggled: Neither running back Arian Foster nor the Texans overall rushing attack had the outing that was anticipated.
Foster had two touchdown runs in the second quarter, but he struggled to pick up key yards in the first quarter and most of the second half. The two-time Pro Bowl back finished with 79 yards on 26 carries. Overall the Texans averaged just 2.4 yards per carry and finished with just 83 yards on the ground.
Standout Players: Kicker Shayne Graham came up short on his first field goal kick of the game in the quarter but he redeemed himself with field goal conversations of 35, 40 and 19 yards the rest of the game.
Quarterback Matt Schaub, playing in his first regular season game since suffering a season-ending foot injury last November, had a solid performance. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown on the day the team announced his new contract extension.
Injuries: Reserve linebacker Tim Dobbins suffered a neck injury and was taken to the hospital for more examining after Sunday’s game.
Interesting Stat: The Texans converted just 7 of 17 third downs, but the defense limited Miami to just 2 of 10 on third down conversions.
Something Said: “It’s always big to get that first W under your belt to start the NFL season. I’m happy about that. When you win a game by that much and you still have a lot of mistakes it just shows how good of a team you can be.” – Running back Arian Foster on the win over the Dolphins