The Miami Dolphins improved their record to 3-3 on the year with a blowout win over the Houston Texans. Everything came together for the Dolphins, just like it did last week in their blowout win over the Tennessee Titans, and Miami appears to be back on track after a 1-3 start and a coaching change. The Dolphins will now have a quick turn around between this win and their Week 8 cintest against the New England Patriots on Thursday. Before we get there, however, it is time to take a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from the Texans game
There was a lot of good in this game. Lamar Miller ran for 175 yards on 14 carries (a ridiculous 12.5 yards per carry average) with a touchdown. Jarvis Landry is simply nasty, catching five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns, while Rishard Matthews caught three passes for 75 yards and a score, and Miller added 61 yards on three receptions with a score. Three of those touchdowns were from at least 50 yards out (one each, plus Miller's rushing touchdown was from 85-yards away). Reshad Jones was everywhere again, and he became the first Dolphins player to record interception returns for touchdowns in consecutive games. Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake dominated the line of scrimmage, each recording two sacks. There was a lot of good in the game.
Setting an NFL record for consecutive complete passes and finishing the game with a perfect passer rating, however, earns you the "good" rating. Ryan Tannehill was efficient, effective, and...perfect. He finished the game 18-for-19 for 282 yards with 4 touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. The only incompletion came on Tannehill's last pass of the game, a ball that was dropped by tight end Dion Sims. Tannehill's first 18 completed passes were combined with his seven straight completions at the end of the game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 6 to set a new NFL record of 25 straight completions, surpassing the 24 straight previously done by Donovan McNabb.
The bad was probably the fumble by Damien Williams that resulted in Houston recovering and, ultimately, scoring their first touchdown. Miami was beginning to sub-in their reserve players, which is why Williams was in at running back instead of Miller. On a 3rd-and-2 play with about nine minutes to go in the third period and Miami just looking to eat clock, Tannehill handed the ball to Williams who ran to the right side of the offensive line. As he was hit after picking up a yard, the ball popped free and Houston recovered. In a 41-0 game, one lost fumble is not going to kill the team's chances to win, but that is not a place where you can fumble either.