The Dolphins will be at home this weekend to take on the Houston Texans. The Dolphins come into this riding a seven-game losing streak. They have not won since Week 1 against the New England Patriots. This is unexpected for the Dolphins, as they had a great 2020 season and just missed the playoffs with a record of 10-6. On the other hand, the Houston Texan’s are in the same position, as they also have a 1-7 record this season. They also have not won a game since Week 1 of the regular season. Houston beat the Jaguars by score of 37-21. This article will give a preview of the Miami Dolphins Week 9 game against the Houston Texans.
The Dolphins need to finish drives
One of the big problems for the Dolphins this year is that they have not been able to finish drives. There have been many times this season when they get into opponents’ territory and end up they fluttering on offense. Penalties and sacks have been contributors to this problem. Miami has 6.8 penalties per game, which contributes to a bunch lost yards at the end and missed opportunities. Furthermore, the Dolphins need to focus on limiting mistakes on offense and come away with points against the Houston Texans. The Dolphins are more than capable of doing this, as Miami is better than what their record is.
The Dolphins need to get the rushing attack going
Miami needs to help whoever is quarterbacking this game against the Houston Texans. Tagovailoa is questionable for this game, as he is dealing with an injury to his finger. This starts with finding a way to get production out of there running backs. This will in turn put less pressure on Tagovailoa and Jacoby Brissett passing the ball. Miami did do a better job giving Gaskin’s more reps last week against the Bills but there was really nothing to show for it. He only had 36 yards in that game and did not score a touchdown. The offensive line needs to do a better job at creating holes for Gaskin’s and give him more opportunities to make some explosive plays. Myles Gaskin is a great running back as he showed last season, he just needs more help form his teammates and coaching staff.
DeVante Parker is out for this game against the Houston
Parker has been put on the injured reserve list due to a hamstring injury. This will put him on the shelf for a minimum of three weeks. This is a bad break for the Dolphins as they could already loose Tagovailoa to injury in this game. Parker is one of the best players on this Dolphins offense. He finds ways to make big plays and puts the Dolphins in great positions to score. This injury will put all eyes on Jaylen Waddle as the top receiver for the next few weeks. He has been great this season. He can burn teams with his route running and speed. He has also found way to get in the end zone, as he has three touchdowns on the season.
Mike Gesicki will also be a key part to this Dolphins passing attack. He has found ways to get open and can give the Dolphins explosive plays which are much needed right now. He has had a good season so far, as he has 475 yards on the year and two touchdowns.
Prediction for this Game
This is a great opportunity for Miami to snap this seven game losing streak. They are facing a team that is struggling and are in a worse position than the Dolphins. The Texans have lost their franchise quarterback this season to legal allegations. Davis Mills is there starting quarterback, who has more interception than touchdown this season. He also ranks 27th in the league in passing yards, as he has 1,357. The Texans also ranks last in the league rushing this season, as they average 76.1 yards a game. With that being said, the Dolphins look like the better team on paper and should be able to notch their second win of the season against this Houston team.
Score Prediction: Dolphins 28- Texans 14
This concludes this edition of the Dolphins Game Preview for Week 9.
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