Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Dolphins have never defeated the Houston Texans, and that winless trend won't end this year.
On the heels of the first playoff victory in franchise history, the Texans have a full head of steam entering the 2012 season. With a top-10 offensive line, the NFL's second-ranked rushing attack and second-ranked defense, the Texans have the pieces to make a deep playoff run, and they are a vastly superior team.
However, the Dolphins match up with the Texans better than you might think.
For starters, Houston's passing attack is slowly regressing. Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter are the only Texans wide receivers with more than two years of NFL experience. On top of that, tight end Owen Daniels still hasn't quite regained form since tearing his ACL in 2009.
Sean Smith should be able to, at the very least, contain Johnson, and Miami's defensive line can give Foster and Tate some problems. The Texans, like the Dolphins, employ a zone-blocking scheme, so Miami's defense is used to seeing the techniques Houston's line will utilize.
While the Dolphins might be able to limit the Texans' offensive output, they're going to have issues scoring. Last season, the Texans defense ranked fourth against the run and third against the pass. Brooks Reed, J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and Jonathan Joseph won't have issues stopping Ryan Tannehill and his slacking supporting cast.
Score: Dolphins 10 - Texans 21