The Dolphins faced the Houston Texans at home this past weekend. Miami got their first win since week 1 of the regular season, as they beat Houston 17-9. Jacoby Brissett started this game for the Dolphins, as Tua Tagovailoa was out with an injury to his finger. Brissett did not look stellar in this game but managed to get the job done. As for Houston, Tyrod Taylor ended up being the starting quarterback. He also did not look very good. He threw three interceptions in this game and got sacked five times. This was very a sloppy game for both teams. This article will give a recap of the Miami Dolphins Week 9 game.
Turnovers plagued the Dolphins
Miami could have won this game by more points if it weren’t for all the turnovers. Brissett looked rusty for much of the game. He had two interceptions on the day. His first interception was avoidable. He was trying to get away from defenders and he threw the ball deep into double coverage and was ultimately picked off by Eric Murray of the Texans. His second interception was deflected at the line scrimmage and picked off by defensive tackle Maliek Collins. Fumbles were also an issue for this Miami offense. Jevon Holland, Myles Gaskin, and Brissett all fumbled the ball in this game. Houston made them pay every time as they recovered all three of those fumbles. It is rare to win a game with so many turnovers, but Houston looked just as bad.
The Miami rushing attack looked awful
The Dolphins used Gaskin a lot in this game, as he had 20 carries. He did not have many yards to show for it though. He only compiled 34 rushing yards during this game with his longest run only being for six yards. The offensive line just could not create any holes for him to get through. There were some positives to Gaskin’s game though. He did take a direct snap for a touchdown in the redone in 1st quarter. That ended up being a key touchdown, as Miami only had two in this game. Salvon Ahmed was not used a whole lot in this game. He only had four carries for six yards. The Dolphins had 47 total rushing yards, which just bad all around.
Mike Gesicki and Jalen Waddle shined
Waddle seemed to be one of Brissett’s primary receivers in this game. He was reliable all game catching the ball and usually was able to convert first downs for the Dolphins. He had eight receptions for 83 yards. Mike Gesicki also had an outstanding game. He really showed his hands in this one as he two one handed grabs. He almost had a third, but the Houston defender did just enough to cause the incompletion.
Mack Hollin got the only touchdown of the game for the receivers as he caught a nice pass from Bassett in the endzone. The receivers were one of the bright spots for the Dolphins on Sunday.
The Dolphins defense really stepped up
The Miami defense pressured Tyrod Taylor all day and forced him into mistakes. Most of the interceptions Taylor threw were because the Dolphins were harassing him in the pocket. Justin Coleman, Jerome Baker and Jevon Holland all had interceptions in this game. Jerome Baker had the most impressive one, as he managed to catch the ball on the sideline while keeping both feet in bounds. This is impressive for a linebacker. The Dolphins also forced a fumble in this game, as Texans tight end Jordan Akins managed to cough up the football. Brandon Jones managed to recover the fumble. The most impressive thing about the Dolphins’ defense on Sunday was that they managed to hold the Texans to only field goals, which is hard to do in the NFL.
Overall, this was a sloppy win for the Dolphins. They will not win many games if they keep this turnover trend going. The defense on the other hand was impressive and deserves a lot of the credit for this Dolphins win. The Dolphins have a short week ahead of them as they look to upset the Ravens on Thursday night in Miami. This concludes this Miami Dolphins Week 9 recap
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