The Texans played solid in the Sunshine state, getting 230 yards and two TD’s from QB Matt Schaub as they moved to 2-0 with a 23-13 victory over the Dolphins.
Arian Foster ran for 33 yards on 10 carries before aggravating a hamstring injury. He did not appear in the second half and was spelled by Ben Tate, who made his NFL debut last Sunday in the Texans win over the Colts.
Tate ran for 103 yards on 23 carries, while Andre Johnson had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Texans. With the way the D has played the first two games, they may not need that huge of a run game as long as Schaub stays healthy.
Chad Henne threw for 170 yards with one touchdown and an interception on 12- of-30 passing for the Dolphins (0-2), who have lost six straight and 11 of 12 at home.
The Texans defense stopped RB Reggie Bush cold, holding him to six rushes and 18 yards. Rookie second-round pick Daniel Thomas carried the ball 18 times for 107 yards for the Dolphins. Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Houston had some issues getting in the end zone early, as they settled for a 12-play, 75-yard drive on the game’s opening possession, which resulted in a 23-yard Neil Rackers field goal.
After a Dolphins three-and-out, Jacoby Jones returned a Brandon Fields punt 40 yards to the Miami 44. The Texans advanced to the four-yard line before the drive stalled and Rackers’ 22-yard field goal made it a 6-0 game.
Miami came back with a Dan Carpenter 42-yard field goal to cut the Texans’ advantage in half, but the Miami offense did little for the remainder of the first half.
Johnathan Joseph intercepted Henne near the Miami goal line at the start of the second quarter and Schaub capitalized two plays later, rolling to his right and hitting Owen Daniels for a four-yard touchdown and a 13-3 Houston lead.
The Dolphins then worked their way into field goal range but Carpenter’s attempt was blocked by J.J. Watt.
Miami down 16-3, cut the lead to 6 after WR Marshall caught an out and carried cornerback Jason Allen into the endzone after a drive that was highlighted with a couple nice runs from Thomas.
They got it to three early in the fourth when Carpenter hit a 34-yarder cut the Texans advantage to 16-13. The Texans, however, would not be denied, as they needed just five plays to re- establish a 10-point lead. Tate reeled off a 16-yard run during the brief drive and Schaub found Johnson in the end zone from 23-yards out to make it 23-13.
Next week the Texans are in for a shootout as they head to the Big Easy to take on Drew Brees and the 1-1 Saints at 1pm.