Dolphins’ first half enough to beat Texans 30-15

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The Dolphins looked like a Super Bowl contender in the first half Sunday. They outgained the Texans 287 to 32 in the first 30 minutes as Tua Tagovailoa went 20-of-34 for 278 yards and a touchdown.

The Dolphins, though, slept walked through the second half.

They won 30-15 with Tagovailoa leaving with 3:18 remaining in the third quarter after taking four big sacks.

Tagovailoa finished 22-of-36 for 299 yards and a touchdown.

The Texans outgained the Dolphins 178 to 52 in the second half. Kyle Allen finished his first start in more than two years with 26 completions on 39 attempts for 215 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

He hit Jordan Akins for a 25-yard score.

The Dolphins defense ruled the first half. Xavien Howard returned an Akins fumble 16 yards for a scoop-and-score touchdown, and Andrew Van Ginkel had a 23-yard interception return to the Houston 3 to set up a Jeff Wilson touchdown run.

The Dolphins moved to 8-3, while the Texans fell to 1-9-1 and remain in line for the No. 1 overall draft selection in 2023.

Miami does have injury concerns on its offensive line with Austin Jackson and Terron Armstead leaving early.

14 responses to “Dolphins’ first half enough to beat Texans 30-15

  1. Tua has been unbelievable these last 5 games!
    He is looking like the MVP!!!!!!!

    This 5 game streak has been against opponents of a combined 13-38-1……

    Don’t know if there was a softer stretch of 5 games in NFL history.

  2. 60ftoctopus sounds jealous. Should the Dolphins have lost these games? Taking care of business is all it is. Don’t worry Buffalo. You’ll get your chance to see Miami again. Fins Up!

  3. Should have been a statement game for the phins. Only statement they made was the team is made out of glass and they are a four win team without tua.

  4. Funny how the rest of the AFC East fans make fun of the Dolphins “easy schedule” when they are playing nearly the same one. Maybe you forget the Fins had to open against Pats, Ravens, Bills and Bengals (all Playoff teams last year). If Tua wasn’t injured this team is easily 10 wins instead of 8. They have NEVER had their starting Defense on the field yet. This week missing 5! All Tua does is Win!

  5. Dolphins are playing opponents who finished 3rd place in their respective divisions; aka last years 2nd worst teams in those divisions.

    Bills are playing the division leaders who all went to the playoffs.

    Not how this works buddy boy.

  6. 60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    November 27, 2022 at 5:11 pm
    Dolphins are playing opponents who finished 3rd place in their respective divisions; aka last years 2nd worst teams in those divisions.

    Bills are playing the division leaders who all went to the playoffs.

    Not how this works buddy boy.

    First, I’m not your Buddy Boy. Second, I said “nearly”. You are right the Bills play 2 different teams one of them being the lowly Rams. So, yes the Chiefs is the only difference. Thanks for pointing that out! Now go outside and play with the other kids. This is for adults.

  7. “Dolphins are playing opponents who finished 3rd place in their respective divisions; aka last years 2nd worst teams in those divisions.

    Bills are playing the division leaders who all went to the playoffs.

    Not how this works buddy boy.”

    You might want to check that. They have 2 different games based on last year’s finish. I mean, just for the past 12 years. Simple oversight.

  8. The Dolphins defense looked really good. I understand they were going up against the other Texan backup quarterback, but they were more disruptive than they’ve been all season. They took their foot off the gas the second half. Credit the Texans for coming out of the halftime break and making a decision to not allow the Dolphins to continue to pummel them. Their defensive line was clobbering the Dolphins offensive front to the point Coach McDaniel had to pull the plug on Tua before he suffered another injury. He was getting taken to the ground on almost every pass play. On to San Fran. ONE GAME AT A TIME!!!

  9. Once the O-line turned to Swiss cheese thanks to injuries, the Dolphins weren’t able to move the ball at all. I see a losing streak on the horizon!

  10. Should have been a statement game for the phins. Only statement they made was the team is made out of glass and they are a four win team without tua.

    Statement game against probably the worst team in the league starting a QB that hasn’t played in years…They typical struggle with the Texans most are happy with a W!

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