Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne’s interception was a costly one – and so the story goes.
Just seconds into the second quarter of Miami’s matchup against Houston on Sunday, cornerback Johnathan Joseph picked off a badly thrown pass by Henne from his own goal line.
Texans LB Mario Williams was credited with getting a hand on the ball which caused the interception.
Just two plays later, Houston QB Matt Schaub would complete a pass to Owen Daniels for the 4-yard touchdown score to give the Texans a 13-3 lead.
Henne finished the game with 170 yards, a touchdown and one interception.
Miami struggled in the red zone throughout the contest. “That’s an obvious,” said Dolphins coach Tony Sparano. “You were watching the same thing I was watching. We didn’t execute, we’ve got to do a better job.”
The Dolphins hoped the field goal unit would come through as it did several times last season.
However Dan Carpenter missed two of his four field goal attempts and the Dolphins tried their best playing from behind.
Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall put forth a solid performance finishing the contest with 6 catches for 79 yards and a TD.
The star receiver for the Texans wasn’t too shabby either. Andre Johnson caught a 23-yard pass from Schaub in the fourth quarter which gave Houston a 23-13 lead, sealing the victory.
Johnson had 7 receptions for 93 yards and the score.
There were positive signs from Miami’s defense, not allowing the amount of big plays it did against the Patriots.
Linebacker Jason Taylor earned his first sack of the season while Cameron Wake and Reshad Jones would account for the other two quarterback takedowns.
The Dolphins defense dealt with injuries during the game as linebacker Karlos Dansby left with a groin issue and cornerback Vontae Davis’ hamstring problem forced him out as well.
Schaub, however, was the difference maker as he picked apart Miami’s secondary just enough to claim the win. He completed 21 of 29 passing attempts for 230 yards with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers.
Overall, the Dolphins had two turnovers as they also lost a fumble in addition to Henne’s interception while the Texans took care of the ball the entire game.
First-year running back Daniel Thomas had a stellar debut for Miami. He ran for 107 yards, which is the second most all-time for a Dolphins rookie tailback in their first game.
Miami has now started 0-2 in five of the last six seasons.
Next up for the Dolphins is a road trip as they’ll face off against the Browns in Cleveland.