Digging Deep: Miami Edition
After a slow start, the Texans scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead them to a 30-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Looking closely at the statistics allows us to find the Texans’ successes, as well as the obstacles that contributed to their slow start.
The number of unanswered points the Texans scored to build their lead in the second quarter. They didn’t score until there was 6:16 left in the second quarter, but they put 24 points on the board in this final six minutes to take a decisive lead in the game.
The Texans’ turnover differential in the game. They intercepted the Dolphins three times (Johnathan Joseph, Brian Cushing, Kareem Jackson) and recovered one of the two fumbles they forced, all while not committing any turnovers. Winning the turnover battle by this much is almost a surefire way to beat a lesser football team, and it worked on Sunday.
The number of receiving yards Andre Johnson had. He did this on 8 catches and also contributed a touchdown catch to close the first half. Performances like these are what Andre can provide if he stays healthy. The running game struggled, but Andre’s performance allowed the offense to still have success.
The number of yards per carry the Texans averaged, compared to 4.2 by the Dolphins. The Texans rushed the ball 35 times, but they only had 83 yards to show for it. The Texans are considered a good running team, but good running teams average over 4 yards a carry, so there is a lot of room for improvement. The Dolphins’ advantage in the run game on Sunday was a big reason why they were able to keep the game as close as it was through much of the first half.
The length of the Dolphins’ Marcus Thigpen’s punt return touchdown. It was the Dolphins’ only touchdown of the game. The Texans had already built a big lead at that point, but it is also the type of play that could sway the momentum to the other team in a close game.