Last week the Miami Dolphins lost to the New England Patriots 38-24. It was an exciting contest, and for once the Miami Dolphins offense was firing on all cylinders. The defense played horrendously, and needs to bounce back against the Houston Texans.
This year Chad Henne has faced a plethora of criticism, but certainly changed some opinions after the Patriots game. He threw for over 400 yards with two touchdowns. He even ran for over 50 yards and one touchdown.
The Texans are known for having a poor secondary, as they've been torched many times in the past. They've made some offseason acquisitions, but still have concerns. Henne and the Dolphins offense will look to continue playing well.
The Texans don't have any offensive woes though. Matt Schaub is a good quarterback, and they have the best wide receiver in the NFL in Andre Johnson.
Last week Arian Foster's backup, Ben Tate, broke out, and had a 100-yard game.
The Dolphins defense was embarrassed last week. Tom Brady threw for over 500 yards, and four touchdowns.
Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis proclaimed earlier this season that he and Sean Smith are the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. They need a big game if they want that statement to even be considered after this week.
Miami's extremely deep defensive line was negated last week, as the Patriots went no-huddle for around half of their plays. If Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is smart, he will use the exact same strategy.
Star pass-rusher Cameron Wake was also somewhat negated by the no-huddle offense. He had a coverage sack, and also managed to draw a few holding calls. He needs to be factor this week if the 'Fins are going to disrupt the Texans passing game.
The Dolphins defense will need to be sharp. They were one of the best last season, and were poised to be even better this year.
If the 'Fins offense can play like they did last week, and their defense can get back to last season's form, they will be a wild card favorite this year.
Dolphins fans have a lot of optimism after a loss with many positives; hopefully this week they can put it all together.