J.J. Watt spoils Ryan Tannehill’s debut

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When we checked in at halftime of the Texans-Dolphins duel, we noted that the Texans used three Ryan Tannehill interceptions to fuel a big lead.

They played another half in Houston, but the one-liner about the game remained the same. Tannehill’s three interceptions led to 17 unanswered points for the Texans and sent the Dolphins on their way to a 30-10 loss. The day was notable because of Tannehill’s debut, but also because of the performance of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

Watt, who Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips thinks is going to the Hall of Fame, had 1.5 sacks and tipped three Tannehill passes at the line of scrimmage. Two of those passes turned into interceptions that the Texans turned into the touchdowns that turned the game their way before halftime. Watt missed much of the preseason because of an injury, but he didn’t seem to be missing even half a step on the field. The rest of the Texans defense turned in a strong performance as well, but Watt was the star.

Tannehill’s debut was going well until that whole pre-halftime interception string. Things didn’t really pick back up for him after the half, although he avoided any more big mistakes. Tannehill finished 20-of-36 in his first NFL start, using mostly short stuff to wind up with 219 yards. There was enough from Tannehill to think that better days for the Miami offense are ahead,  especially given the opposition in a road game, but the Dolphins offense isn’t going to impress anyone as long as the starting wideouts get just three catches.

For now, though, the Dolphins’ only touchdown came on a Marcus Thigpen punt return and the Texans controlled the game in the second half thanks to two long drives that resulted in field goals. It took them a while to get going in Week One, but the Texans looked every inch the playoff contender by the time the day was done.

 

17 responses to “J.J. Watt spoils Ryan Tannehill’s debut

  1. As a Dolphin fan I woke up feeling guilty this morning because I didn’t order NFL Sunday Ticket for the first time in 10 years. I do not feel nearly as guilty anymore. What a train wreck this entire season is going to be. Next year will be much better Dolphin fans because we will have a new GM, a top three pick in the draft, and quite possibly a new Head Coach. Only 364 more days to go until next season!

  2. New Head coach? You’re delusional.
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    That is why I said possibly a new head coach…..Sorry to break it to you but new GM’s usually bring in their own Head Coach. Look at what happened in Oakland this year. Their coach was only in position for 1 season and he had a decent record and the new GM still fired him.

  3. bchapman2011 needs to change his feminine napkin. Miami doesn’t need a new GM or Head Coach.

    Just less whiny fans like him.

    You have to admire the way Incognito planted Cushing after one of those tipped INTs.

    Nice work Richie

  4. hdahs143 ……..Just because you settle for mediocrity in your life does not mean that I have to do the same. Sorry but I expect than a 3-13 season from the team I support.

  5. They want to baby Tannehill this year. Play calling today proved that. Too many 5 yard routes.

    Where was this WCO? Where was the hurry-up offense. Up by 3 points with the ball in Houston, we should be psyched. Where was attack mode. Offensive game plan looked very similar to last year’s.

    Feel sorry for Bush.

    And the defense can’t shut any team down. Run yes, pass… hell no.

  6. GSB333 says They want to baby Tannehill this year. Play calling today proved that. Too many 5 yard routes.
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    I do not think they are trying to baby Tannehill. I think it is because we have the worst set of receivers in the NFL. Hartline is the closest thing Miami has to a deep threat. Hopefully he is up to speed by next week so he can start.

  7. bchapman2011…

    I agree that the WRs are a bit weak. That’s a personnel issue… Ireland’s shortcoming. But you don’t agree that their routes are short? 4th and goal and the throw to Fasano in the flat?

    The WRs are weak but you have to still run the offense they way they plan on running this offense long term. They are professionals! They CAN catch the ball, they can run… teach them to run in your system… WCO.

  8. being dolphins fan is living my life in mediocrity, must have forgot that dolphins have 2 superbowl wins, 2 afl titles, the ONLY undefeated season in history, multiple hall of fame players with one of the best qb’s ever to play the game in Marino, griese, czonka and one of the best coaches ever in shula, what a mediocre franchise. this is one of the most storied franchises in the nfl son, if you don’t know football then don’t leave dumb comments

  9. being dolphins fan is living my life in mediocrity, must have forgot that dolphins have 2 superbowl wins, 2 afl titles, the ONLY undefeated season in history, multiple hall of fame players with one of the best qb’s ever to play the game in Marino, griese, czonka and one of the best coaches ever in shula, what a mediocre franchise. this is one of the most storied franchises in the nfl son, if you don’t know football then don’t leave dumb comments
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    I am a life long Dolphins fan….If you do not think that Miami is a very mediocre franchise right now you are either fooling yourself or have really low standards in life. Sorry but 6-10 every year does not cut it in my book.

  10. Actually Alper, Watt had 4 blocked passes – the first one took place late in the first quarter on a pass which Fasano bobbled and then made a miraculous catch.

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