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Texans vs. Dolphins NFL Week 7 Preview, TV Schedule, Prediction

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws a pass under pressure against the Tennessee Titans

"Probably they could think it was just a fluke or something like that", said defensive end Olivier Vernon, who is trying to keep a lower midweek profile after being flagged twice for roughing the passer in that 38-10 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans.

Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell, defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo and assistant head coach Darren Rizzi were serving in those respective roles for the first time in the NFL.

Miami finally won one after losing their previous three games while still under Joe Philbin. It was this old-school mentality of defense and pounding the rock and imposing their will on the opponents, a method that had skeptics rolling their eyes.

"I was with Robert Gallery, the lineman from Iowa who was with us in Oakland", Lechler said. Dan still won't talk to me too much about that. Conversely, look for the Dolphins to establish the run early and often against a defense that has been susceptible this season. "It's 100 percent about us and about the Houston Texans". As a word of caution, the Texans, 2-4, may be undergoing the same kind of transition. The Texans' offense is sixth in yards per game (393.8), fourth in passing yards per game (297.8) and 23rd in rushing yards per game (96).

Miami is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games. On the flip side, the Dolphins' running game came alive against the Titans as Lamar Miller rushed for over 100 yards. There was definitely a different aggressiveness present in the pass rush, even if the situation of the game helped allow for that type of defensive philosophy. First, Houston has struggled to contain the running game, as they rank 17 in the National Football League, giving up 109 yards per contest. DeAndre Hopkins had a big game for the Texans, totaling 10 catches for 148 yards and two TDs. The Dolphins will have their hands full with Hopkins. They average 124.2 return yards per game, the most in the NFL. In the receiving end, Rishard Matthews had 85 yards in eight catches while Kenny Stills added 46 yards in 2 receptions.

Having no such problems in the tackling department is Texans inside linebacker, Brian Cushing. The division-rival Jets could lose to the New England Patriots this weekend, and if the Dolphins beat the Houston Texans as they should, they would only be one game behind them in the wild card race. We get a big win, all of a sudden, it's a lull the next week.

Both teams are 1-0 SU when leading at the half this season. A few of his work can be found on CBS-Miami (Dolphins), CBS-LosAngeles (Chargers), CBS-BayArea (Raiders), CBS-NewYork (NY Jets), CBS-TampaBay (Buccaneers), AXS.com, Examiner.com and other online publications.

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