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Playoffs
09-15-2011, 11:25 AM
Texans at Dolphins

Florioís take: After beating the Colts in Week One of the 2010 season, the Texans lost 10 of their next 15. Though they likely wonít suffer a similar fate in 2011 after again taking down the Colts, winning at Miami against an improving offense wonít be an easy feat. The Dolphins played the Pats tough on Monday night, and it wasnít until that 14-point swing fueled by a failed fourth-and-goal and a 99-yard touchdown pass that the game was decided.

Florioís pick: Dolphins 24, Texans 21.

Rosenthalís take: Cutting Benny Sapp was an odd solution to Miamiís problems. Perhaps drinking more water during the week to avoid cramps would be a better approach. Miamiís defensive line is very deep and can slow down Houstonís rushing attack. I still like the Dolphins corners. The Dolphins didnít get their first home win until mid-November last year, but theyíll get it out of the way early this time.

Rosenthalís pick: Dolphins 27, Texans 24.

:tiptoe:

Thorn
09-15-2011, 11:33 AM
I guess those guys aren't drinking our koolaid. LOL

hobie
09-15-2011, 11:38 AM
Who cares what anyone predicts... we all have our own opinion.. they chose Miami, as I am sure others will pick Houston.. Who cares...

DX-TEX
09-15-2011, 11:47 AM
Brady shredded their D with Tecmo Bowl like numbers, a patched up O line and almost no running game.

Schaub can put up Tecmo Bowl like numbers, we have an O line that is considered one of the best units in the league and our 3rd string RB got over a 100 yards last week.

Hhhhmmmm.....PICK THE DOLPHINS!!!

drunkcookie
09-15-2011, 11:59 AM
I can't help but think that the addition of one David Anderson is really having a negative impact on the Texans in the Predictions department...

In all seriousness, both predictions are not way out there or anything... I can see it...

disaacks3
09-15-2011, 12:27 PM
Yeah, well here are Rosenthal's "winners" from Week 1: Link (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/08/pfts-week-one-picks-2/related)

Rosenthal’s take: These are the two best teams in the NFC. Both boast terrific continuity with their players and scheme, especially on offense. The Saints added bulk to their defensive line, while the Packers welcome injured players back throughout their championship roster. It’s a new year, however. And the Saints are my new conference favorites.

Rosenthal’s pick: Saints 31, Packers 28.


Rosenthal’s take: The Steelers trot out the same old defense, with nine starters over 30 by year’s end. The Ravens look much different, with big changes to the offensive line, wide receiver, and in the secondary. For Week 1, that favors the old guys. Mike Tomlin said he expects “James [Harrison] to be James.” I expect Bryant McKinnie to be Bryant McKinnie.

Rosenthal’s pick: Steelers 20, Ravens 14

Rosenthal’s take: The Bears could quickly erase all the bad vibes from the last month with a win over a quality team. Unfortunately, they play a Falcons team that is a lot more versatile on offense with Julio Jones and Harry Douglas emerging. Chicago’s so-so secondary held up last year, but it’s overdue to get exposed.

Rosenthal’s pick: Falcons 24, Bears 20.

Rosenthal’s take: Cleveland’s schedule sets up well for the Browns to be this year’s Tampa Bay. Playing the Bengals twice and the NFC West is a huge bonus. With all the conference realignment talk these days, relegating the Bengals to the NFC West actually makes sense. Perhaps they can be swapped with the Rams if St. Louis climbs above .500 this year.

Rosenthal’s pick: Browns 28, Bengals 13.

Rosenthal’s take: The Titans are one of the toughest teams to evaluate. They have new schemes on both sides of the ball, but they also boast a powerful offensive line and Chris Johnson. I’m not sure what the Jaguars do well besides push the pocket with their defensive tackles. Expect the calls for Blaine Gabbert to pick up after this one.

Rosenthal’s pick: Titans 17, Jaguars 13.

Rosenthal’s take: Does the preseason matter at all? If so, the Chiefs offense is in huge trouble. No group looked more disjointed. They haven’t solved their receiver issues and the offense line struggled badly. Buffalo’s attempts to improve their rush defense will be tested here. They’ll pass the test.

Rosenthal’s pick: Bills 26, Chiefs 21.

Rosenthal’s take: This is a rough first matchup for Philadelphia’s ever-changing offensive line. The Rams pass rush is among the league’s best and will have Michael Vick running for his life. Josh McDaniels started fast in Denver as a head coach and he’ll do it again as an offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

Rosenthal’s pick: Rams 24, Eagles 21.

Rosenthal’s take: Fun game. Everyone is on the Lions bandwagon and this is the type of game a young improving team should win. Tampa is youngrier. The Bucs are the rare team that has someone to cover Calvin Johnson (Aqib Talib) and a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman). Plus I know Florio will pick Detroit.

Rosenthal’s pick: Bucs 31, Lions 27.

Rosenthal’s take: I picked the Giants to win the NFC East in July, and was too stubborn to change it when they started losing defensive players every week to injury. Washington’s strong preseason has Redskins fans wildly optimistic despite the strong presence of Rex Grossman. Something has to give here. I’ll say its Grossman giving the Giants turnovers and sacks.

Rosenthal’s pick: Giants 19, Redskins 10.


Rosenthal’s take: The Broncos defense can be a lot better right away with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil rushing the passer. Their defensive tackles may get run over on the ground, but that weakness won’t show up as much if they play with the lead. The John Fox/John Elway honeymoon will have legs.

Rosenthal’s pick: Broncos 27, Raiders 17.

DocBar
09-15-2011, 12:38 PM
Yeah, well here are Rosenthal's "winners" from Week 1: Link (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/08/pfts-week-one-picks-2/related)

Rosenthalís take: These are the two best teams in the NFC. Both boast terrific continuity with their players and scheme, especially on offense. The Saints added bulk to their defensive line, while the Packers welcome injured players back throughout their championship roster. Itís a new year, however. And the Saints are my new conference favorites.

Rosenthalís pick: Saints 31, Packers 28.


Rosenthalís take: The Steelers trot out the same old defense, with nine starters over 30 by yearís end. The Ravens look much different, with big changes to the offensive line, wide receiver, and in the secondary. For Week 1, that favors the old guys. Mike Tomlin said he expects ďJames [Harrison] to be James.Ē I expect Bryant McKinnie to be Bryant McKinnie.

Rosenthalís pick: Steelers 20, Ravens 14

Rosenthalís take: The Bears could quickly erase all the bad vibes from the last month with a win over a quality team. Unfortunately, they play a Falcons team that is a lot more versatile on offense with Julio Jones and Harry Douglas emerging. Chicagoís so-so secondary held up last year, but itís overdue to get exposed.

Rosenthalís pick: Falcons 24, Bears 20.

Rosenthalís take: Clevelandís schedule sets up well for the Browns to be this yearís Tampa Bay. Playing the Bengals twice and the NFC West is a huge bonus. With all the conference realignment talk these days, relegating the Bengals to the NFC West actually makes sense. Perhaps they can be swapped with the Rams if St. Louis climbs above .500 this year.

Rosenthalís pick: Browns 28, Bengals 13.

Rosenthalís take: The Titans are one of the toughest teams to evaluate. They have new schemes on both sides of the ball, but they also boast a powerful offensive line and Chris Johnson. Iím not sure what the Jaguars do well besides push the pocket with their defensive tackles. Expect the calls for Blaine Gabbert to pick up after this one.

Rosenthalís pick: Titans 17, Jaguars 13.

Rosenthalís take: Does the preseason matter at all? If so, the Chiefs offense is in huge trouble. No group looked more disjointed. They havenít solved their receiver issues and the offense line struggled badly. Buffaloís attempts to improve their rush defense will be tested here. Theyíll pass the test.

Rosenthalís pick: Bills 26, Chiefs 21.

Rosenthalís take: This is a rough first matchup for Philadelphiaís ever-changing offensive line. The Rams pass rush is among the leagueís best and will have Michael Vick running for his life. Josh McDaniels started fast in Denver as a head coach and heíll do it again as an offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

Rosenthalís pick: Rams 24, Eagles 21.

Rosenthalís take: Fun game. Everyone is on the Lions bandwagon and this is the type of game a young improving team should win. Tampa is youngrier. The Bucs are the rare team that has someone to cover Calvin Johnson (Aqib Talib) and a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman). Plus I know Florio will pick Detroit.

Rosenthalís pick: Bucs 31, Lions 27.

Rosenthalís take: I picked the Giants to win the NFC East in July, and was too stubborn to change it when they started losing defensive players every week to injury. Washingtonís strong preseason has Redskins fans wildly optimistic despite the strong presence of Rex Grossman. Something has to give here. Iíll say its Grossman giving the Giants turnovers and sacks.

Rosenthalís pick: Giants 19, Redskins 10.


Rosenthalís take: The Broncos defense can be a lot better right away with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil rushing the passer. Their defensive tackles may get run over on the ground, but that weakness wonít show up as much if they play with the lead. The John Fox/John Elway honeymoon will have legs.

Rosenthalís pick: Broncos 27, Raiders 17.Dayum, that's a pretty bad winning % for Rosenthal. Just another talking head.

BigBull17
09-15-2011, 12:41 PM
So, our running game, which is significantly better than the Pats, will be stopped when they really didn't stop the Pats run? Not buying it. 24-10 Texans.

Ryan
09-15-2011, 12:58 PM
If we could jump off to a big lead like we did against Miami last year it won't even be close. Even just 14 points or so. I think our defense is overall better than their offense, who played a disjointed Pats defense switching to a 4-3. We switched too, but most of our players have played together for a while.

Norg
09-15-2011, 01:08 PM
We got this .....

already lookin foward 2 Da Saints da real test

Hardcore Texan
09-15-2011, 01:31 PM
I love it. I am glad we aren't being picked to win. It'll be that much sweeter when we do.

SuperRY
09-15-2011, 03:57 PM
It's funny to me that both writers pick the Dolphins to win, but...

Their Week 1 Power ranking are:

10. Texans (No. 12; 1-0): The 2011 season started the same way that the 2010 season began. The Texans need the next 15 games to go slightly better.
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30. Dolphins (No. 29; 0-1): Yeah, that preseason No. 29 ranking for the Dolphins was wrong. It was too high.

fiasco west
09-15-2011, 04:09 PM
Yeah, well here are Rosenthal's "winners" from Week 1: Link (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/08/pfts-week-one-picks-2/related)

Rosenthalís take: These are the two best teams in the NFC. Both boast terrific continuity with their players and scheme, especially on offense. The Saints added bulk to their defensive line, while the Packers welcome injured players back throughout their championship roster. Itís a new year, however. And the Saints are my new conference favorites.

Rosenthalís pick: Saints 31, Packers 28.


Rosenthalís take: The Steelers trot out the same old defense, with nine starters over 30 by yearís end. The Ravens look much different, with big changes to the offensive line, wide receiver, and in the secondary. For Week 1, that favors the old guys. Mike Tomlin said he expects ďJames [Harrison] to be James.Ē I expect Bryant McKinnie to be Bryant McKinnie.

Rosenthalís pick: Steelers 20, Ravens 14

Rosenthalís take: The Bears could quickly erase all the bad vibes from the last month with a win over a quality team. Unfortunately, they play a Falcons team that is a lot more versatile on offense with Julio Jones and Harry Douglas emerging. Chicagoís so-so secondary held up last year, but itís overdue to get exposed.

Rosenthalís pick: Falcons 24, Bears 20.

Rosenthalís take: Clevelandís schedule sets up well for the Browns to be this yearís Tampa Bay. Playing the Bengals twice and the NFC West is a huge bonus. With all the conference realignment talk these days, relegating the Bengals to the NFC West actually makes sense. Perhaps they can be swapped with the Rams if St. Louis climbs above .500 this year.

Rosenthalís pick: Browns 28, Bengals 13.

Rosenthalís take: The Titans are one of the toughest teams to evaluate. They have new schemes on both sides of the ball, but they also boast a powerful offensive line and Chris Johnson. Iím not sure what the Jaguars do well besides push the pocket with their defensive tackles. Expect the calls for Blaine Gabbert to pick up after this one.

Rosenthalís pick: Titans 17, Jaguars 13.

Rosenthalís take: Does the preseason matter at all? If so, the Chiefs offense is in huge trouble. No group looked more disjointed. They havenít solved their receiver issues and the offense line struggled badly. Buffaloís attempts to improve their rush defense will be tested here. Theyíll pass the test.

Rosenthalís pick: Bills 26, Chiefs 21.

Rosenthalís take: This is a rough first matchup for Philadelphiaís ever-changing offensive line. The Rams pass rush is among the leagueís best and will have Michael Vick running for his life. Josh McDaniels started fast in Denver as a head coach and heíll do it again as an offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

Rosenthalís pick: Rams 24, Eagles 21.

Rosenthalís take: Fun game. Everyone is on the Lions bandwagon and this is the type of game a young improving team should win. Tampa is youngrier. The Bucs are the rare team that has someone to cover Calvin Johnson (Aqib Talib) and a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman). Plus I know Florio will pick Detroit.

Rosenthalís pick: Bucs 31, Lions 27.

Rosenthalís take: I picked the Giants to win the NFC East in July, and was too stubborn to change it when they started losing defensive players every week to injury. Washingtonís strong preseason has Redskins fans wildly optimistic despite the strong presence of Rex Grossman. Something has to give here. Iíll say its Grossman giving the Giants turnovers and sacks.

Rosenthalís pick: Giants 19, Redskins 10.


Rosenthalís take: The Broncos defense can be a lot better right away with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil rushing the passer. Their defensive tackles may get run over on the ground, but that weakness wonít show up as much if they play with the lead. The John Fox/John Elway honeymoon will have legs.

Rosenthalís pick: Broncos 27, Raiders 17.


Lol, I suddenly have a lot more confidence about this game now.

80tothezone
09-15-2011, 04:21 PM
Texans will get no love until we win 10 and make the playoffs.

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Joeycharp89
09-15-2011, 04:22 PM
Everyone was talking about the Dolphin's "sturdy" defense, and attributing the Pats high score to Brady just being that good. Brady is good, I'm a Brady and Pats fan (originally from Massachusetts) but I didn't see anything all that sturdy about the Dolphin's defense.

Brady hardly look pressured throughout the game, and some of that comes from him just being Brady, but I think Schaub is reaching a point where has that same calmness to execute good passes, not to mention a great O-line. Combine this with all of our passing targets and I think our passing game will put up big numbers.

Add this onto our running game. The Pats barely even tested the Dolphins defense with their RBs, and when they did the Dolphins did just ok. I think even Tate could tear up that run D, let a lone a health Foster.

What I think it will come down to is the Dolphins' offense. Henne looked pretty damn good, if not a little frantic in the red zone late in the game. I also think they have the potential run the ball well against our D.

It would be a close game, but I'd still give it to the Texans if I had to guess.

m5kwatts
09-15-2011, 04:25 PM
If the Frank Bush Texans could demolish the Dolphins in Miami in 2009, they can do it just as easily as the Wade Phillips Texans in 2011.

axisv
09-15-2011, 04:44 PM
I think we win this game by 2 touchdown margin.

False Start
09-15-2011, 04:50 PM
:ok:

I have faith that we will be 6-0 all time against the fish after this game. Those week 1 picks were just funny, way to go Ken! :lol:

Dutchrudder
09-15-2011, 05:02 PM
Texans should be favored by at least 6.5 points this game. No way do they lose to Chad Henne.

drs23
09-15-2011, 06:59 PM
Texans should be favored by at least 6.5 points this game. No way do they lose to Chad Henne.

The line has moved from Fins +1 to Fins +3 with an over of 48. I was a little surprised. I'm like DR, I figured it'd be around 6'ish and bet it still ends up around there.

b0ng
09-15-2011, 11:37 PM
Yeah, well here are Rosenthal's "winners" from Week 1: Link (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/08/pfts-week-one-picks-2/related)

Rosenthalís take: These are the two best teams in the NFC. Both boast terrific continuity with their players and scheme, especially on offense. The Saints added bulk to their defensive line, while the Packers welcome injured players back throughout their championship roster. Itís a new year, however. And the Saints are my new conference favorites.

Rosenthalís pick: Saints 31, Packers 28.


Rosenthalís take: The Steelers trot out the same old defense, with nine starters over 30 by yearís end. The Ravens look much different, with big changes to the offensive line, wide receiver, and in the secondary. For Week 1, that favors the old guys. Mike Tomlin said he expects ďJames [Harrison] to be James.Ē I expect Bryant McKinnie to be Bryant McKinnie.

Rosenthalís pick: Steelers 20, Ravens 14

Rosenthalís take: The Bears could quickly erase all the bad vibes from the last month with a win over a quality team. Unfortunately, they play a Falcons team that is a lot more versatile on offense with Julio Jones and Harry Douglas emerging. Chicagoís so-so secondary held up last year, but itís overdue to get exposed.

Rosenthalís pick: Falcons 24, Bears 20.

Rosenthalís take: Clevelandís schedule sets up well for the Browns to be this yearís Tampa Bay. Playing the Bengals twice and the NFC West is a huge bonus. With all the conference realignment talk these days, relegating the Bengals to the NFC West actually makes sense. Perhaps they can be swapped with the Rams if St. Louis climbs above .500 this year.

Rosenthalís pick: Browns 28, Bengals 13.

Rosenthalís take: The Titans are one of the toughest teams to evaluate. They have new schemes on both sides of the ball, but they also boast a powerful offensive line and Chris Johnson. Iím not sure what the Jaguars do well besides push the pocket with their defensive tackles. Expect the calls for Blaine Gabbert to pick up after this one.

Rosenthalís pick: Titans 17, Jaguars 13.

Rosenthalís take: Does the preseason matter at all? If so, the Chiefs offense is in huge trouble. No group looked more disjointed. They havenít solved their receiver issues and the offense line struggled badly. Buffaloís attempts to improve their rush defense will be tested here. Theyíll pass the test.

Rosenthalís pick: Bills 26, Chiefs 21.

Rosenthalís take: This is a rough first matchup for Philadelphiaís ever-changing offensive line. The Rams pass rush is among the leagueís best and will have Michael Vick running for his life. Josh McDaniels started fast in Denver as a head coach and heíll do it again as an offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

Rosenthalís pick: Rams 24, Eagles 21.

Rosenthalís take: Fun game. Everyone is on the Lions bandwagon and this is the type of game a young improving team should win. Tampa is youngrier. The Bucs are the rare team that has someone to cover Calvin Johnson (Aqib Talib) and a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman). Plus I know Florio will pick Detroit.

Rosenthalís pick: Bucs 31, Lions 27.

Rosenthalís take: I picked the Giants to win the NFC East in July, and was too stubborn to change it when they started losing defensive players every week to injury. Washingtonís strong preseason has Redskins fans wildly optimistic despite the strong presence of Rex Grossman. Something has to give here. Iíll say its Grossman giving the Giants turnovers and sacks.

Rosenthalís pick: Giants 19, Redskins 10.


Rosenthalís take: The Broncos defense can be a lot better right away with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil rushing the passer. Their defensive tackles may get run over on the ground, but that weakness wonít show up as much if they play with the lead. The John Fox/John Elway honeymoon will have legs.

Rosenthalís pick: Broncos 27, Raiders 17.

Man he got crushed in week 1. You would think just picking stuff at random would get you more accurate predictions.

b0ng
09-15-2011, 11:43 PM
Texans should be favored by at least 6.5 points this game. No way do they lose to Chad Henne.

The line is more indicative of who is putting their money on where. The starting lines are usually what Vegas thinks will happen but they change as they start receiving bets on teams, and if one team is getting a lot of bets then the line moves accordingly.

-3 for the Texans sounds about right, right now as lots of people aren`t willing to risk their money on a head scratcher like the Texans have been the last couple years.

I mean really, how often are the Texans road favorites?

Showtime100
09-15-2011, 11:55 PM
I've got bad feeling about this game and I can't place why. Maybe I'm giving too much credit to their defensive line and not enough to our offensive line. I don't know.

b0ng
09-16-2011, 12:05 AM
I've got bad feeling about this game and I can't place why. Maybe I'm giving too much credit to their defensive line and not enough to our offensive line. I don't know.

Any given Sunday, and the Texans propensity to shit on our faces when we least expect it.

The Pencil Neck
09-16-2011, 12:08 PM
I've got bad feeling about this game and I can't place why. Maybe I'm giving too much credit to their defensive line and not enough to our offensive line. I don't know.

I get a bad feeling about every game.

The Texans didn't really learn anything about who they are from the first game except that they were able to destroy a team that's probably going to get destroyed a lot this season.

The Dolphins... I don't know what to take away from that game.

Henne had much better throwing stats than expected. But it was against a defense that wasn't very good against the pass last year and because the Dolphins got down, Henne pretty much had to throw. So we don't know if his stats are inflated because he went against a bad defense and we don't know how effective their running game really is.

The Dolphins defense was supposed to be pretty stout, their corners were supposed to be pretty good. But the Patriots destroyed those guys every which way. So, is it because the Patriots are that good or is it because the Dolphins are that bad? We should be able to run againt these guys and if they have problems with tight ends (like they did against the Pats) then OD, Dreessen, and Casey ought to have a freaking field day. Brady had all day to throw so I'm hoping that means that Schaub won't have too much pressure. OTOH, there's Wake.

So I don't know. I'm almost as worried going into this game as I was against the Colts.

BigBull17
09-16-2011, 12:19 PM
Man he got crushed in week 1. You would think just picking stuff at random would get you more accurate predictions.

It would be hard to try and miss that many games.

IDEXAN
09-16-2011, 12:41 PM
I really think last Sundays game vs the Colts was a bit of an aberration given
what can only be described as a state of extreme instability at QB for the Colts. We may go 2 or 3 years or longer before we have such an easy victory again ? This game should be more of an indicator of the Texans real level of talent and abilities ?

Texas T
09-16-2011, 01:11 PM
I get a bad feeling about every game.


There it is...my thoughts in big bold letters...

I believe that the Texans can win every game but...well I've been watching since '02.

I will stay "cautiously optimistic" until we mathematically make the play-offs.

Not a downer-just realistic based upon history.

GO TEXANS!!!!

Thorn
09-16-2011, 01:14 PM
There it is...my thoughts in big bold letters...

I believe that the Texans can win every game but...well I've been watching since '02.

I will stay "cautiously optimistic" until we mathematically make the play-offs.

Not a downer-just realistic based upon history.

GO TEXANS!!!!

That's pretty much how I feel as well.

I do think we can beat the Dolphins though. I'll be disappointed if we don't.

Texaninlild
09-16-2011, 02:08 PM
So, our running game, which is significantly better than the Pats, will be stopped when they really didn't stop the Pats run? Not buying it. 24-10 Texans.

Agreed :koolaid:

dinkatoid
09-16-2011, 03:44 PM
From Bill Simmons at grantland:

Texans (-3.5) over DOLPHINS
I'm still trying to figure out how Tom Brady didn't break Norm Van Brocklin's passing record in Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Every pass play seemed like it could have gone for between 10 and 50 yards; you would have thought Miami was playing two guys down because of two red cards. Throw in the Dolphins' lack of home-field advantage (1-8 in their past 9 at home) and the Ben Tate bandwagon (still time to hop on) and I'm thoroughly confused by this line.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6976758/a-volatile-week-nfl-stock-market


That is a bit more of what I wanted to hear.

On a side note, I read somewhere that the dolphins don't like to shadow their top CB on the top receiver, but let him play on the left side. Good news for us since we tend to move Andre around, and I think he is on the right side on a lot of base sets (i may be wrong on this one).

Nawzer
09-16-2011, 05:12 PM
With the Texans anything is possible that's why I kind of find it hilarious that some people on this board are almost guaranteeing an easy win over the Dolphins. I'll watch the game, hope the Texans win, but be prepared for the unexpected as well.

drs23
09-16-2011, 06:28 PM
From Bill Simmons at grantland:

Texans (-3.5) over DOLPHINS
I'm still trying to figure out how Tom Brady didn't break Norm Van Brocklin's passing record in Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Every pass play seemed like it could have gone for between 10 and 50 yards; you would have thought Miami was playing two guys down because of two red cards. Throw in the Dolphins' lack of home-field advantage (1-8 in their past 9 at home) and the Ben Tate bandwagon (still time to hop on) and I'm thoroughly confused by this line.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6976758/a-volatile-week-nfl-stock-market


That is a bit more of what I wanted to hear.

On a side note, I read somewhere that the dolphins don't like to shadow their top CB on the top receiver, but let him play on the left side. Good news for us since we tend to move Andre around, and I think he is on the right side on a lot of base sets (i may be wrong on this one).

Good read Dink. I bookmarked that cat. I like his writing style/humor.

Thanks for posting.

Showtime100
09-16-2011, 06:52 PM
I get a bad feeling about every game.

The Texans didn't really learn anything about who they are from the first game except that they were able to destroy a team that's probably going to get destroyed a lot this season.

The Dolphins... I don't know what to take away from that game.

Henne had much better throwing stats than expected. But it was against a defense that wasn't very good against the pass last year and because the Dolphins got down, Henne pretty much had to throw. So we don't know if his stats are inflated because he went against a bad defense and we don't know how effective their running game really is.

The Dolphins defense was supposed to be pretty stout, their corners were supposed to be pretty good. But the Patriots destroyed those guys every which way. So, is it because the Patriots are that good or is it because the Dolphins are that bad? We should be able to run againt these guys and if they have problems with tight ends (like they did against the Pats) then OD, Dreessen, and Casey ought to have a freaking field day. Brady had all day to throw so I'm hoping that means that Schaub won't have too much pressure. OTOH, there's Wake.

So I don't know. I'm almost as worried going into this game as I was against the Colts.

There it is...my thoughts in big bold letters...

I believe that the Texans can win every game but...well I've been watching since '02.

I will stay "cautiously optimistic" until we mathematically make the play-offs.

Not a downer-just realistic based upon history.

GO TEXANS!!!!

That's pretty much how I feel as well.

I do think we can beat the Dolphins though. I'll be disappointed if we don't.

Agreed all the way around. As bong also said.....any given Sunday. Friday is here and the peripheral jitters will soon begin.

MEGA SWATT
09-17-2011, 01:40 AM
What a joke!:koolaid:

whiskeyrbl
09-17-2011, 07:28 AM
I really think last Sundays game vs the Colts was a bit of an aberration given
what can only be described as a state of extreme instability at QB for the Colts. We may go 2 or 3 years or longer before we have such an easy victory again ? This game should be more of an indicator of the Texans real level of talent and abilities ?

I can see where Peyton not being there allowed us to SCORE 34 points, I still think we would have won but maybe not by so much. :koolaid:

HJam72
09-17-2011, 08:27 AM
I can see where Peyton not being there allowed us to SCORE 34 points, I still think we would have won but maybe not by so much. :koolaid:
We would have won anyway, but by a TD or less (probably).

The same will happen in Miami. It won't be easy, but I think the -3.5 in our favor is spot on.

BattleRedToro
09-17-2011, 12:01 PM
The line has moved from Fins +1 to Fins +3 with an over of 48. I was a little surprised. I'm like DR, I figured it'd be around 6'ish and bet it still ends up around there.

You really are a reprobate gambler. Now you're betting on what the final line will be. :kitten:

drs23
09-17-2011, 12:46 PM
You really are a reprobate gambler. Now you're betting on what the final line will be. :kitten:

It's a sickness. :D