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September 09, 2012

G1: Houston 30, Dolphins 10 (Final): Tannehill 3 INTs as Miami drops opener. Bright side? Well, the first quarter was pretty good...

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G1: HOUSTON 30, DOLPHINS 10: Final: [I see the positives, believe it or not. Click on See Past The Score for my column from Houston off the game]. Miami loses opener at Houston, 30-10, with a 4-0 turnover differential the differnce. Ryan Tannehill 20-for-36 for 219 yards in his NFL regular season debut, but those three interceptions were big. Blame him for the first one; the other two were on tipped balls. Bottom line: After a solid first quarter-plus, the Dolphins were what we thought they are. A pretty bad team. ..... 4Q: Tannehill's 4th-and-goal fourth-down pass pass down. His fifth pass batted down today. ... Texans add another FG for a 30-10 lead. That was my final-score pick, exactly. Don't think the scoring is finished, though. ..... 3Q: Texans pad lead to 27-10 with a FG. ... Marcus Thigpen races to 72-yard punt-return TD to draw Miami within 24-10. That kid was flyin'! ... Miami announces RB Daniel Thomas is out with a "head injury," won't return. Almost always means a concussion. ..... Half: A fairly strong start to this game for Miami came crashing with four turnovers in the second half of the second quarter leading to all of Houston's scoring. Bright spot: Reggie Bush with 53 yards rushing on 12 carries. But not much else to feel good about at the moment. Dolphin self-destructing. Not too hard on Tannehill, though, please. Only one of his three INTs clearly was his fault. ..... 2Q: Andre Johnson 14-yard TD pass in end zone over defender Sean Smith follows Thomas fumble. ... Daniel Thomas loses fumble, is injured but seems OK. Wheels coming off for Miami late in half. ... Foster 2-yard scoring for 17-3 Houston lead, the score set up by Tannehill's third pickoff of half and second on a passed batted at the line of scrimmage. ... Houston up 10-3 with 1:53 left in half after Arian Foster 14-yard scoring run. Texans needed drive but 54 yards following the INT. ... Texan Brian Cushing corrals a batted Tannehill pass for an INT. The first pick was on Tannehill, but hard to blame him for this one. ... Ryan Tannehill first career interception returned 36 yards by Johnathan Joseph to Miami 7 after roughness penalty, after which Texans stall and settle for tying 35-yard FG. ...Well maybe they actually will shock the world! Early, but encouraging. ..... 1Q: Strong opening quarter for Miami. Defense has looked strong. So have Reggie Bush and the offensive line ... Dan Carpenter 39-yard FG gives Miami a surprising 3-0 lead. ..... Original post: Not many give the Dolphins a chance today. Miami is a 12-point underdog, the biggest in the NFL in Week 1. Honestly I don't give Miami 1aa1dolhoumuch of a shot, either. The preamble to the season has not inspired much confidence, and the Texans are propped up as an AFC power. Miami will catch a break if star RB Arian Foster, who is questionable, does not play, but a large gulf would still remain between the overall talent level on each sideline. For Dolfans this season is akin to walking with new coach Joe Philbin into the great unknown, stepping blindfolded into a pitch-black room, arms outstretched, not at all sure what is ahead. (It's scary but maybe a tad exciting, too?) Today we begin to see rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill for real. Today, in one afternoon, we get a far better gauge of this team and its immediate prospects than all of July and August could offer. Ready or not, Dolphins, here comes the season. My pick was: Texans, 30-10. (Yes. Yes I DID luck to get an exact score).

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