Miami Dolphins: Karlos Dansby Has a Tall Order Against the Texans

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 06:  Karlos Dansby #58 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after making a tackle during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 6, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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On Sunday, the NFL season finally kicks off.

And with this opening kickoff, the Miami Dolphins are poised to travel to Houston to face off in an AFC battle against the Houston Texans.

While football analysts speculate the clear upper hand the Texans might have in this opening season matchup, the Dolphins are set to take the field and make this a worthy contest.

If the Dolphins intend to make a splash in Week 1 of the season, they will have to rely on the play of middle linebacker Karlos Dansby.

Dansby, who will be playing in his ninth year in the NFL with Sunday’s kickoff, currently anchors a strong linebacker corps for a Miami defense that also boasts a strong defensive line.

The 30-year old linebacker definitely has his work cut out for him in this first contest of the season.

The Texans will start their season with an incredibly dynamic offense that will, like last season, will be relatively difficult to stop. With a passing game that stars wide receiver Andre Johnson and quarterback Matt Schaub, the Texans used to rely heavily on shotgun and passing plays.

However, with the emergence of the running back tandem of Arian Foster and Ben Tate, the Texans are now more comfortable with running the ball down the throats of their opponents.

Therefore, the play action is deadly for the Texans. And that leaves Dansby with a tall order.

Not only will Dansby have to clog up the running lanes and direct the defense to cut down on the impressive running of Foster and Tate, but he will have to recognize the play-action calls and adjust his defense accordingly.

While questions of his age come up in the conversation of analysts, his experience should come in handy here.

This will be an interesting start to the season for Karlos Dansy.