The Miami Dolphins had a rough time in Houston in their opening contest of the 2012 season and they’ll have to execute much better if they want to earn their first win of the season in Week 2.
Dolphins fans were well aware that the going might be rough given the team’s lack of overall talent and the fact that they were starting a rookie quarterback, but nobody thought it would be this bad.
The Dolphins lost 30-10 to the Houston Texans but it wasn’t just the actual loss that was disconcerting. Experts making their NFL picks were hoping to see the Miami Dolphins be somewhat competitive but instead saw a team that could barely compete at the NFL level.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled mightily with just 216 yards passing and three interceptions. The offense was 0-for-3 in the red zone and didn’t capitalize on its opportunities.
The good news is that this week’s opponent, the Oakland Raiders, shouldn’t be a step down in competition from the Texans. Oakland is very much built around a running game and the one area of strength from last week was the Dolphins rush defense, which held the Texans to just 2.4 yards per carry.
An optimist would point out that a number of Tannehill’s passes were tipped at the line of scrimmage. There were five in total and two led to game-changing interceptions. If he can avoid those and the Dolphins can play like they did early in the first half, they should have a shot to beat the Raiders. Playing at home should also help as the Dolphins – and Tannehill – will get some support from their home audience. Oakland isn’t known as a team that travels particularly well.
The Dolphins did look bad in Week 1 but a win in Week 2 would be a real positive step. They’ve got to play a near-perfect game for that to happen, though.