The Houston Texans have defeated the Miami Dolphins 30-10 in the opening game of the 2012 season. What started out as a sluggish affair, with neither team establishing an advantage, was eventually turned around by the Texans’ defense in the second quarter.
Three interceptions and a fumble resulted in three touchdowns and a field goal, building an insurmountable halftime lead for Houston. The only touchdown of the game for Miami came on a Marcus Thigpen 72 yard punt return early in the third quarter.
The yardage for both teams was not that far apart, with 275 for the Dolphins and 337 for the Texans. As is often the case, the turnover margin translated directly to the margin of victory.
The inability to run the ball with any consistency was noted by Gary Kubiak in his press conference after the game, and referred to it as “something he has to address.” Check the rest of this report card for the reasons as to why this critical area did not produce as anticipated.