Countdown To Kickoff | Dolphins at Texans

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Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Houston Texans (4-3)

Game Facts

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 25

TIME: 8:20 p.m. ET

SITE: NRG Stadium; Houston, Texans

TV: FOX, NFL Network

TV ANNOUNCERS: Joe Buck, play-by-play; Troy Aikman, color analyst; Erin Andrews, sideline reporter; Kristina Pink, sideline reporter; Mike Pereira, rules analyst

DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)

RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Roly Martin, Eduardo Martell

The Series

SERIES RECORD: Houston leads 7-1

AT MIAMI: Texans lead 3-1

AT HOUSTON: Texans lead 4-0

LAST MEETING: 2015 at Miami; Dolphins 44, Texans 26

HISTORY LESSON: The game Thursday night will come on the three-year anniversary of one of the most remarkable games in Dolphins history. The Dolphins used four touchdowns of 50 yards or longer, including Lamar Miller’s 85-yard run, to build a 41-0 halftime lead on their way to their first victory against the Texans. The 41 points easily broke the previous franchise record for points in the first half, which had been 28.

SERIES TREND: The Dolphins and Texans have met four times in the month of October. Before the 44-26 Dolphins victory three years ago, Houston won by margins of 2, 3 and 1.

Scouting Report

HOUSTON’S RECORD: 4-3

LAST GAME: Won 20-7 at Jacksonville

OVERVIEW: The Texans appeared headed for a long season when they started off 0-3, but they now find themselves atop the AFC South Division after winning their past four games. The latest victory was a convincing 13-point division on the road after the defending AFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars. The defense has led the way for the Texans, in particular the tandem of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Watt, back from a leg injury that cost him most of the 2017 season, is among the NFL leaders in sacks with seven and Clowney has 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Quarterback DeShaun Watson hasn’t quite been able to match his phenomenal rookie performance (16 touchdown passes in four games) in his return from a season-ending knee injury, though he did have four consecutive 300-yard games from Weeks 2-5. DeAndre Hopkins, who led the NFL in touchdown receptions last season with 13, has three 100-yard performances this season, including a high of 169 yards when the Texans defeated the Indianapolis Colts in overtime in Week 4 for their first victory of the season. Former Dolphins running back Lamar Miller rushed for exactly 100 yards in the victory against Jacksonville, his first 100-yard game of the season.

KEY NEW FACES: S Justin Reid (draft-3rd round), S Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona), P Trevor Daniel (rookie FA), C/G Zach Fulton (Kansas City), RB Buddy Howell (Miami), G Senio Kelemete (New Orleans), S A.J. Moore (New England), QB Joe Webb III (Buffalo)

KEY VETERANS GONE: P Shane Lechler, CB Kayvon Webster (IR), CB Kevin Johnson (IR), T Breno Giacomini, G Xavier Su’a-Filo, G Jeff Allen, DB Marcus Gilchrist

Final Injury Report

Table inside Article
Miami Dolphins Out Doubtful Questionable
QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) TE A.J. Derby (foot)
TE Mike Gesicki (shoulder)
Table inside Article
Houston Texans Out Doubtful Questionable
CB Aaron Colvin (ankle)
WR Keke Coutee (hamstring)
OL Zach Fulton (ankle)
TE Ryan Griffin (illness)
S Andre Hall (shoulder)
LB Brian Peters (ankle)
CB Shareece Wright (shoulder/

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