MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 18: Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas #33 runs for yardage during a game against the Houston Texans at Sun Life Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Coming off a Week 1 Monday Night Football loss to the New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins looked to bounce back with their first ever win against the Houston Texans. Like the previous week, the Dolphins would show a potential for a good season, despite a losing effort in Week 2. And, as we all know, that potential would go from a dream into a nightmare fairly quickly.
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The Dolphins had some strong performances against the only team to have never lost to the Dolphins, including quarterback Chad Henne. Henne, who only threw for 170 yards, made smart choices with the ball throughout the game. He passed for one touchdown, and was the victim of an errant throw as the Turnstile at right tackle, Marc Colombo, allowed Mario Williams to reach Henne's throwing arm right as he tried to deliver the pass.
Also on offense, Miami running back Daniel Thomas made his debut. Carrying the ball 18-times, the rookie would gain 107 yards on the ground, although he would fumble once. Thomas would have issues throughout the season with his hamstring, but his performance this week demonstrated what could happen if Thomas comes back healthy this year.
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The defense played better than they had the week before, but there wasn't much they could have done to play worse. Against the Texans, Jason Taylor, Cameron Wake, and Reshad Jones would each record a sack, while Vontae Davis and Randy Starks would lead the team with six tackles each.
After giving up over 500 yards passing from Tom Brady in Week 1, the Dolphins would limit Matt Schaub and Houston to just 345 yards of total offense. However, that would not be enough, as the Dolphins would fall to 0-2, with both losses being at home in Miami. The final score for Week 2 would be Houston 23, Miami 13.
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