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Section516
09-14-2011, 02:40 PM
Advantage Texans - QB, RB, WR, LB, DB, Coach
Advantage Dolphins - DL, OL, ST

1. Houston needs to pound the rock: The Texans managed to put up 167 yards on the ground against the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday, but they will be looking at a lot more size and strength up front when they face the Dolphins. QB Matt Schaub is an excellent play-action passer who does a great job of carrying out his run fakes, which tend to freeze the coverage and give his receivers more time to run their routes. But that starts with running the ball effectively.

2. Be judicious with RB Arian Foster: Foster missed last week's game as his hamstring needed more time to heal. Against a stouter run defense from Miami, Houston is more apt to need the power running skills of Foster. Head coach Gary Kubiak has to feel good about his stable of running backs with second year back Ben Tate gaining 116 yards against Indianapolis. Expect Kubiak to work Foster into the rotation with a lot of situational carries rather than giving him 30-35 carries.

3. Houston will be physical on the perimeter: Based on Sunday's performance, it appears that the Houston defense is definitely buying into new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' system. Mario Williams had two sacks from the outside linebacker position and the Houston defense was able to bring a lot of heat with aggressive play calling. This kind of pressure allows the cornerbacks to play a lot of aggressive press coverage.

4. Isolate Andre Johnson: Johnson is probably the toughest wide receiver in the league to cover one-on-one. Look for offensive coordinator Rick Dennison to use a lot of motion and multiple receiver sets in an attempt to isolate Johnson in single coverage. Johnson knows how to use his speed, quickness and agility to separate from defenders and can also use his size to come up with the catch when challenged.

5. Matchup to watch: Houston WR Andre Johnson vs. Miami CB Sean Smith: Johnson started off the 2011 season in typical fashion, catching 11 passes for 95 yards against the Colts along with one touchdown reception. He is the most explosive weapon the Texans have and is nearly impossible to contain. Smith is one of the few cornerbacks that has the size and speed to match up with the likes of Johnson. This promises to be a very physical night for both of these players.

6. Miami needs to pressure the pocket with minimal blitzes: Miami gets most of its pocket pressure with its outside linebackers coming off the edge but when facing the Texans it can't afford to go with minimal coverage very often, as Houston has too many weapons available to Schaub. Look for Miami's two outside linebackers, Cameron Wake and Koa Misi, to bring heat but rarely at the same time.

7. Give Chad Henne time to make his reads: Henne can be an accurate thrower when given time in the pocket. While he's shown some running skill this year, he lacks the agility and foot speed to extend the pocket consistently and give himself more time to go through his reads. He consistently goes to his check-down pass when his first read is not open and that gives linebackers the freedom to jump on the short routes the instant he comes off his first read. If his offensive line can give him more time in the pocket, he will get opportunities to go to his second or third option and push the ball down the field.

8. Watch for a lot dump-offs to Reggie Bush in the flat: Bush got his share of carries out of the backfield on Monday night against the Patriots, but he is most effective when getting the ball in space. When the Dolphins are able to get Bush into the open field he not only gives them a scoring threat but he forces the defense to be a little more cautious with the blitz, as they don't want to vacate the short zones where he is most effective.

9. Look for lots of nickel and dime packages to improve coverages: The Dolphins' pass defense looked rather anemic against the Patriots, at team which doesn't really have one of the more dynamic corps of receivers. Against the likes of Johnson and Jacoby Jones, as well as TE Owen Daniels, the Dolphins need to flood the secondary with as many defenders as possible.

10. Matchup to watch: Miami LT Jake Long vs. Houston OLB Mario Williams: Williams is still learning the linebacker position in Phillips' 3-4 scheme but looked pretty impressive, in spurts, on Sunday. He is definitely better coming forward than when dropping into space, but should thrive on blitzing downs. Long is Miami's best blocker both for the run as well as in pass protection, but will have his hands full in this game.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/scouting?gameId=310918015

PREDICTION - Houston 24, Miami 20

BigBull17
09-14-2011, 03:29 PM
Ill take our Oline every day of the week. Smith and Watt are disruptive. Not getting these rankings. I give them ST and DT. Thats it.
Hou-27
Mia-10

Seor Stan
09-14-2011, 04:16 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

rmartin65
09-14-2011, 04:23 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

What?

Playoffs
09-14-2011, 04:24 PM
10. Matchup to watch: Miami LT Jake Long vs. Houston OLB Mario Williams: Williams is still learning the linebacker position in Phillips' 3-4 scheme but looked pretty impressive, in spurts, on Sunday. He is definitely better coming forward than when dropping into space, but should thrive on blitzing downs. Long is Miami's best blocker both for the run as well as in pass protection, but will have his hands full in this game.
Won't Long be spending more time blocking Antonio/Barwin?

The Pencil Neck
09-14-2011, 04:26 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

Yeah.

I can't argue that.

And I can't rep you for it, either.

TexansBlood
09-14-2011, 04:28 PM
It's an away game and we're favored to win by 3 on sportsbook

Rey
09-14-2011, 04:30 PM
Yeah.

I can't argue that.

And I can't rep you for it, either.

:fingergun:

I can...

The Pencil Neck
09-14-2011, 04:33 PM
:fingergun:

I can...

And I can't rep you for repping him, either.

Man. I gotta spread some rep.

Ryan
09-14-2011, 04:36 PM
I will take our o-line, d-line, and special teams over the Fins any day. No mere mention of JJ Watt and Antonio Smith, they will give that o-line fits.

Section516
09-14-2011, 04:39 PM
And I can't rep you for repping him, either.

Man. I gotta spread some rep.

I got Rey

Circle of life..

Thorn
09-14-2011, 04:46 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

:lol:

Good one.

bigbrewster2000
09-14-2011, 05:24 PM
Yeah.

I can't argue that.

And I can't rep you for it, either.

I can and did.

BigBull17
09-14-2011, 05:58 PM
i have the texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
texans 3

i knew it was a mistake!!!!!

Big Lou
09-14-2011, 06:12 PM
What?

Watt?????

Txn_in_FL
09-14-2011, 07:19 PM
Watt?????

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS7Fo3mETJ9CZBCAAgsgACBIA_j5sS-avEP85IsPF-u6M90Gd8D

kiwitexansfan
09-14-2011, 07:42 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

http://www.wetheundereducated.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/NotSureIfSerious.png

kiwitexansfan
09-14-2011, 07:43 PM
Watt?????

http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/files/2011/05/JJ-Watt-99-Texans.png

42-3, after the first quarter maybe.

Dutchrudder
09-14-2011, 07:47 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

^ lol

Hey everybody who doesn't get it, go look at the uproar over the David Anderson signing. That's the joke...

CloakNNNdagger
09-14-2011, 07:56 PM
FYI.

The NFL stats say Miami is ranked No. 4 in pass offense and No. 2 in overall offense based on its performance verssus New England. The defense, however, isn't rated well for obvious reasons.

The Miami defense is No. 32 in the NFL in total defense -- 20th against the run and dead last (32) against the pass. Obviously, the ratings are based off just one week.link (http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2011/09/dolphins-agenda-get-well-and-on-to-houston.html#ixzz1XyKOBVNv)

ObsiWan
09-14-2011, 08:07 PM
8. Watch for a lot dump-offs to Reggie Bush in the flat: Bush got his share of carries out of the backfield on Monday night against the Patriots, but he is most effective when getting the ball in space. When the Dolphins are able to get Bush into the open field he not only gives them a scoring threat but he forces the defense to be a little more cautious with the blitz, as they don't want to vacate the short zones where he is most effective.

This worries me a bit. DeMeco and Cushing are tackling machines but they don't have the speed to keep up with Bush. When Bush is in I'd have Cushing shadow him so as soon as the ball comes his way Cush is there to crush him.


10. Matchup to watch: Miami LT Jake Long vs. Houston OLB Mario Williams: Williams is still learning the linebacker position in Phillips' 3-4 scheme but looked pretty impressive, in spurts, on Sunday. He is definitely better coming forward than when dropping into space, but should thrive on blitzing downs. Long is Miami's best blocker both for the run as well as in pass protection, but will have his hands full in this game.

Somehow I doubt Wade keeps Mario head-up on J.Long; he moves Mario around to where the matchup favors us the most. More likely that Long is matched against Barwin or B. Reed.

One thing they didn't mention is Henne's mobility. He's not in the Vick class but he has pretty good escapability. We've been burned by QBs who can run in the past.

ObsiWan
09-14-2011, 08:08 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

Punter might be a push....
:)

Texas T
09-14-2011, 08:47 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

But wait-doesn't JJ make up for that??

I'm thinking he goes in BEAST mode and returns 3 to the house!!

Texans-21
Dolphins-7

(We really gotta stop threads from running together...)

fiasco west
09-14-2011, 09:16 PM
Honestly I think we have the better team and thus should find a way to win this game. Foster being back is huge and mix it up with the pass...can the Dolphins create some TOs? Texans are bound to score, the question is can they force TOs. The TO battle is always the most important, if Matt can not throw his one 'WTF' pass of the day and Foster and Tate can tear it up this should be a comfy win. Not a huge blowout but a 10+ win.

Need it too with the Saints and Steelers coming up.

Texan_Bill
09-14-2011, 09:26 PM
I have the Texans with the advantage at every position but the 4th wide receiver.

Dolphins 42
Texans 3

:spit: DAmn you DA!

drunkcookie
09-15-2011, 09:23 AM
This worries me a bit. DeMeco and Cushing are tackling machines but they don't have the speed to keep up with Bush. When Bush is in I'd have Cushing shadow him so as soon as the ball comes his way Cush is there to crush him.


Somehow I doubt Wade keeps Mario head-up on J.Long; he moves Mario around to where the matchup favors us the most. More likely that Long is matched against Barwin or B. Reed.

One thing they didn't mention is Henne's mobility. He's not in the Vick class but he has pretty good escapability. We've been burned by QBs who can run in the past.

This is the first year of Wade's 3-4 here in Houston, it hasn't been burned by a QB (yet lol)...

Section516
09-15-2011, 09:59 AM
This is the first year of Wade's 3-4 here in Houston, it hasn't been burned by a QB (yet lol)...

Preseason game #4 - Rookie QB - Went Beast mode
:koolaid:

Malloy
09-15-2011, 11:10 AM
The NFL stats say Miami is ranked No. 4 in pass offense and No. 2 in overall offense based on its performance verssus New England. The defense, however, isn't rated well for obvious reasons.

The Miami defense is No. 32 in the NFL in total defense -- 20th against the run and dead last (32) against the pass. Obviously, the ratings are based off just one week.

Sounds like us last year, that means that Miami will lose 10 of 16 :)

Ryan
09-15-2011, 11:48 AM
Watt?????

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS7Fo3mETJ9CZBCAAgsgACBIA_j5sS-avEP85IsPF-u6M90Gd8D



This is what i hope to hear in the stadium one day when Watt gets a sack or makes a big play.

CloakNNNdagger
09-17-2011, 08:59 AM
This worries me a bit. DeMeco and Cushing are tackling machines but they don't have the speed to keep up with Bush. When Bush is in I'd have Cushing shadow him so as soon as the ball comes his way Cush is there to crush him.


Somehow I doubt Wade keeps Mario head-up on J.Long; he moves Mario around to where the matchup favors us the most. More likely that Long is matched against Barwin or B. Reed.

One thing they didn't mention is Henne's mobility. He's not in the Vick class but he has pretty good escapability. We've been burned by QBs who can run in the past.


Miami is not really sure who their "full-time" RB is going to be. This game, they could be lulled into misjudging their talent and how to use it.


Reggie Bush: Im not too small to run between the tackles (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/17/reggie-bush-im-not-too-small-to-run-between-the-tackles/)


One game into his tenure with the Dolphins, theres already a lot of hand-wringing about what Reggie Bushs proper role is in the offense. Is he a glorified receiver? Can he handle 20 touches a game? Is he just not built to be an every-down back?

For his part, Bush says he cant promise hell be good for 20 touches a game, 16 games a year, but he thinks hes fully capable of doing everything a running back has to do, including running up the middle.

I really cant say I have a crystal ball, Bush said. I try to make the most of my opportunities whether its inside the tackles or outside the tackles. I dont think you can say that, you know, if you continue to run a guy between the tackles, hes going to get hurt. You look at Walter Payton, he was only 200 pounds. Im not saying Im Walter Payton, but Im just saying that I dont have a crystal ball.

Bush is right: Walter Payton was listed at 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. Bush is listed at 6 feet tall and 203 pounds. So theyre approximately the same size. But Bush is also right that hes not Walter Payton.

Bush is talented and can be an important cog in a good offense. But if hes capable of being an effective, consistent runner between the tackles, he hasnt shown that so far, and hes in his sixth NFL season.

HJam72
09-17-2011, 09:01 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure he's not Walter Payton too.

False Start
09-17-2011, 09:35 AM
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS7Fo3mETJ9CZBCAAgsgACBIA_j5sS-avEP85IsPF-u6M90Gd8D

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/StoneColdWhat-135.gif

edo783
09-17-2011, 07:24 PM
I think we are going to have a hard time winning this one, because the Fins lost their opener at home and to go 0-2 losing the first two at home is going to make them fight like crazy. While I think we have the better team, they are not as bad as most expected them to be and Henney seems to be better than expected. Can we win, sure, but we have to bring our "A" game and not make errors to do it. I see a close down to the wire game. I hope I am wrong and we are up 34 zip at the half again, but I doubt it. They just have too much to lose.

houstonspartan
09-17-2011, 09:01 PM
I think we are going to have a hard time winning this one, because the Fins lost their opener at home and to go 0-2 losing the first two at home is going to make them fight like crazy. While I think we have the better team, they are not as bad as most expected them to be and Henney seems to be better than expected. Can we win, sure, but we have to bring our "A" game and not make errors to do it. I see a close down to the wire game. I hope I am wrong and we are up 34 zip at the half again, but I doubt it. They just have too much to lose.

Agree. Plus, last season they went 1-7 at home, giving season ticket holders one winning game. That's a HUGE no no. They will come out fighting.

Still, I think we pull this out in a close one.

steelbtexan
09-17-2011, 09:28 PM
If the Gary can get them to play 4 qtrs the Texans should win by 7 pts.

When is the last time a Gary coached team played hard for 4 qtrs? Colts game last yr?

buddyboy
09-18-2011, 01:24 AM
If the Gary can get them to play 4 qtrs the Texans should win by 7 pts.

When is the last time a Gary coached team played hard for 4 qtrs? Colts game last yr?

So, you're saying if the Texans lose, it's on Gary. Doesn't matter if Schaub goes out and throws 8 picks, or if Wade Phillips glorified defense gives up 50 points, it's all on Gary?

And then, if the Texans roll them over, is that something positive for Gary, or is it then a team effort. Did Andre's 200 yard game save Gary? I don't think we can start putting the entire outcome of a game/season on one person's shoulders. There are always, always, always variables and personal performances that factor into the game.

Maddict5
09-18-2011, 04:10 AM
Johnson started off the 2011 season in typical fashion, catching 11 passes for 95 yards against the Colts along with one touchdown reception.

unless aj turned into larry centers or reggie bush or we unwittingly brought back 06 Carr in the offseason then im fairly sure thats wrong