Sunday, September 18, 2011

Miami falls two games behind division

If anything can be said about the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium, it’s that they’re consistent.

Miami entered Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with one victory in its last 11 home games. Sunday, they made it one in 12.

Houston improved to 2-0 and dropped Miami to 0-2 in a 23-13 win. The Dolphins are still the only team in the AFC East with a loss, as the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills all won Sunday to move to 2-0.

“We’re trying to get things going in our stadium and our community, and you have to win at home to do that,” Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall said after the game, according to the Associated Press. “It’s frustrating. It’s embarrassing.”

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub connected on 21 of 29 passes for 230 yards, receiver Andre Johnson finished with seven receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown, and running Ben Tate eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground for the second straight game.

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne followed up last week’s 400-plus-yard performance with a less-than-stellar showing, going 12-for-30 with 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

One bright spot, however, was rookie running back Daniel Thomas, who picked up 107 yards on 18 carries. Marshall grabbed six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

“We established the running game early, which was good,” Henne said. “The passing game was kind of up and down there for a while.”

Miami was down 16-3 at the half before Marshall caught a 12-yard score from Henne. Dan Carpenter then made a 34-yard field goal to bring the game within three, but Schaub and Johnson put the game away when they connected on a 23-yard touchdown strike.

Schaub also threw a touchdown to tight end Owen Daniels, and Johnathan Joseph had Houston’s only pick.

Miami’s Cameron Wake, Reshad Jones and Jason Taylor had a sack apiece.

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