There are six teams in the NFL that are winless against another franchise. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-7 against the New England Patriots, the New York Jets are 0-10 against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys are 0-4 against the Baltimore Ravens, the Chicago Bears are 0-3 against the Houston Texans, the Texans are 0-3 against the Minnesota Vikings and 0-4 against the Eagles, and the Miami Dolphins are 0-7 against the Texans. This afternoon, the Dolphins will attempt to get their name of the list, hosting the Texans in South Florida.
The Dolphins and Texans will kickoff at 1pm ET in their eighth all-time meeting. Before we get to that game, we take a brief look pack at the first seven contests between the two clubs.
Houston at Miami
September 7, 2003 (Week 1)
Houston's first ever game was against the Dolphins in Miami. The game featured the all-time matchup of David Carr versus Jay Fiedler, with Carr coming out on top with a 17-for-31 for 266 yards and a touchdown performance. Fiedler put up 227 passing yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions on 17-for-32 passing for Miami. Stacey Mack led the game in rushing for Jacksonville, picking up 89 yards on 27 carries, while the Dolphins saw Ricky Williams carry the ball 17 times for 69 yards. Houston started the scoring in the first quarter, with a field goal givign them the early lead. Miami responded in the second period, scoring twice on Fiedler to Chris Chambers passes, with the two touchdowns sandwiching a second field goal from the Jaguars. The second half saw the Jagaurs score their first touchdown, a 78-yard pass from Carr to Corey Bradford, then add another field goal. Miami added a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter on a Williams 35-yard reception from Fiedler, but they missed the two-point conversion. Two more Texans' field goal gave the first meeting between the two clubs to Houston.
Miami at Houston
October 1, 2006 (Week 4)
The second meeting between the clubs was held in Houston, this time with Carr facing Daunte Culpepper for the Dolphins. Culpepper tallied 249 yards and a score on 23-for-39 passing, while Carr was 22-for-29 with 230 yards, a touchdown and an interception, plus a rushing touchdown. Houston's Ron Dayne led the game in rushing with 58 yards on 22 carries while Miami's Ronnie Brown gained 49 yards on 12 carries. The game featured 10 sacks, five for each team, with the Dolphins' Jason Taylor tallying two. The teams traded field goals in the second quarter, then Miami added another in the third period. The scoring picked up in the fourth quarter, with Carr's rushing touchdown coming immediately after the period began, followed by another Texans score, this time on a pass from Carr to Andre Johnson. Miami connected on a field goal, then a pass from Culpepper to Chris Chambers, but the Dolphins missed the two-point conversion and Houston held on for the 17-15 win.
Miami at Houston
October 7, 2007 (Week 5)
A year later, Miami was back in Houston, this time early in a season in which the Dolphins would only win one game. Cleo Lemon took his turn as the Dolphins' quarterback after Trent Green was injured early in the game, going 15-for-27 for 151 yards with an interception. The Texans started Matt Schaub, who finished the day 20-for-34 for 294 yards and an interception. Miami's Ronnie Brown ran 23 times for 114 yards plus a score, while Ron Dayne picked up 40 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for the Texans. Jason Taylor again had two sacks against the Texans, while Houston had one sack, coming from Mario Williams. Dayne scored first about mid-way through the first quarter, with Miami adding a field goal and Brown's touchdown later in the period. The game became a kick fest after that, with Miami adding two in the second quarter before the Texans added one in the second period and two in the third quarter. he Dolphins kicked another at the start of the fourth period, but then saw Houston tie it, then win it, with two late field goals. The final score in game three was 22-19.
Miami at Houston
October 12, 2008 (Week 6)
The clubs met for the third straight year, and third straight game in Houston. Miami would ultimately "move the hyphen" on the season, going from their 1-15 performance in 2007 to 11-5 in 2008. Unfortunately, one of those five would be at the hands of the Texans. Matt Schaub was 22-for-42 on the day, with 379 passing yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a rushing score. For Miami, Chad Pennington was 19-for-25 for 284 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Steve Slaton led the rushing game for Houston, gaining 58 yards on 15 carries. Miami split the rushing duties between Ronnie Brown, 50 yards and a score on 13 carries, and Ricky Williams, 46 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Patrick Cobbs scored first, grabbing a Pennington pass and scoring from 53 yards out, giving Miami the 7-0 led. After a Houston field goal, Miami came back in the second period and Cobbs again scored, this time from 80 yards out, on a Pennington pass. A Houston field goal followed by a 70-yard punt return touchdown from Jacoby Jones finished the first half with Miami leading 14-13. Andre Johnson scored for the Texans at the start of the second half, connecting on a 12 yards pass from Schaub. Then Williams scored his rushing touchdown to end the third period. The fourth quarter saw Houston add a field goal, Miami add a touchdown from Brown, then Houston take the lead for good on the Scahub rushing score. Miami again dropped a close game to Houston, this time 29-28.
Houston at Miami
December 27, 2009 (Week 16)
Fourth straight year facing each other, but this time the Texans had to travel to Miami for the game. It did not change the outcome, however, as Matt Schaub led the Texans past the Chad Henne led Dolphins. Schaub threw for 286 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 20-for-31 passing, while Henne was 35-for-55 for 322 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Houston's Arian Foster ran for 97 yards and a score on 19 carries, while Miami's leading runner was Ricky Williams, who was limited to just 35 yards on 10 carries. Houston put the first five scores on the board, with a field goal and an Andre Johnson 10-yard receiving touchdown in the first quarter, and a Jacoby Jones receiving touchdown, a Foster rushing score, and a field goal in the second period. Miami finally put some points on the board with just 7 seconds left in the half when they connected on a field goal. The second half was all Miami, scoring on a rush from Lex Hilliard, then a receiving touchdown from Hilliard, and a field goal in the fourth period. They would finish the game a touchdown short of Houston, however, with the final scoring being 27-20.
Houston at Miami
September 18, 2011 (Week 2)
After not facing each other in 2010, the two clubs again met in Miami in 2011. The result would be the same though as Schaub out-dueled Henne, finishing with 230 yards and two touchdowns on 21-for-29 passing compared to Henne's 12-for-30 for 170 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Ben Tate led the Texans with 103 rushing yards on 23 carries, while Daniel Thomas led the way for Miami with 107 yards on 18 attempts. As usual between the two teams, the game was filled with plenty of field goals, starting with two Houston and one Miami converted kick in the first period. In the second quarter, Houston put up a touchdown on a an Owen Daniels reception then added a field goal. Miami responded with a touchdown catch by Brandon Marshall in the third quarter, then a field goal at the start of the fourth period. Houston, however, would seal the win a couple of minutes later on an Andre Johnson touchdown pass, giving Houston the 23-13 win.
Miami at Houston
September 9, 2012 (Week 1)
The biggest margin of victory for Houston came in the most recent meeting between the two clubs. Ryan Tannehill, starting Week 1 as a rookie, was shaky throughout the day, going 20-for-36 for 219 yards, but throwing three interceptions, while Matt Schaub was 20-for-31 for 266 yards with a touchdown for Houston. Reggie Bush picked up 69 yards on 14 carries for Miami, while Arian Foster was able to gain 70 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns for Houston. Miami took the lead in the first quarter with a field goal, then it was just about all Houston after that. A field goal, two Foster rushing touchdowns, and an Andre Johnson touchdown catch all came in the final 6:12 of the first half. Miami was able to score again on a 72-yard punt return from Marcus Thigpen in the third quarter, but two more field goals from Houston gave the Texans the 30-10 victory.