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    The Dolphins pulverized the Titans last week under new head coach Dan Campbell, and seem poised to carry their newfound ferocity over to Sunday's matchup against the Texans.

    The Miami Dolphins seemed to be a reinvigorated bunch under new head coach Dan Campbell last week, and they're expected to carry that momentum into Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.
    The Dolphins defeated the Tennessee Titans 38-10 in Week 6, two weeks after Joe Philbin was canned. The offense, which is currently the ninth-worst in the league, woke up in a big way. Ryan Tannehill threw for 266 yards and two touchdown passes, and running back Lamar Miller scored his first rushing touchdown of the season. He gained 113 yards on 19 carries.
    But arguably even more impressive was the performance of the Dolphins' defense. Defensive end Cameron Wake recorded his first four sacks of the season and also forced two fumbles. The veteran defensive unit bullied rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota all afternoon long, sacking him six times and picking him off twice.
    It seemed as if members of the defense took their cues from Campbell, who said in his introductory press conference he wants players who "toe the line" of being dirty. Defensive lineman Olivier Vernon may have taken those words too closely to heart after he was fined this week for a low hit on Mariota.
    But being too aggressive on defense is better than being too passive, which is what the Dolphins were prior to Philbin's firing. This revved up unit should be ready to pounce on a patchwork Texans offensive line.
    Houston played well last Sunday, too, ousting the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-20. Brian Hoyer made his first start since Week 1, completing 24 of 36 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins led the way with 148 yards receiving and two touchdown grabs.
    It's unlikely that a thin Dolphins secondary will be able to contain Hopkins, so in order to win Sunday, the Dolphins will probably have to wreak havoc in the Houston backfield. That's exactly what the experts think this high-priced defensive line will do. Miami is a huge favorite at ESPN, as well as at CBS Sports, where all but one panelist is picking the home team.

    The Dolphins pulverized the Titans last week under new head coach Dan Campbell, and seem poised to carry their newfound ferocity over to Sunday's matchup against the Texans.

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  • #2
    It would be great for the Dolphins to get the Texans monkey off their back. Tanny has to not focus on his receivers, or Watt will slap down a half dozen of Tanny's throws. Same offensive game plan would be the thing...aggressive, deceptive, and strong runs. As was said, Hoyer found his mojo against J-Ville, but he is inconsistent, and if the front 4 come to play, Hoyer's stats should be not nearly as impressive. Fans need to turn out.


    • #3
      Don't like giving opposition any motivation this way.
      The happiness of the Dolphin is to exist.... Jacques Cousteau.


      • Wulf
        Wulf commented
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        Hopefully WE have more MOTIVATION than they do... Suh has GOT to be HUNGRY!
        (Especially after all the EartWakes last week.)

    • #4
      We're a 4 to 5 point favorite on almost every board this week!
      IF the same Miami team shows up Sunday, that was in Nashville last week, we SHOULD destroy the Texans, and hopefully carry that emotion to Foxboro Thursday night!
      It would be awesome to FINALLY see a fired up Dolphins team play in primetime!


      • Driven_Phinsane!
        Driven_Phinsane! commented
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        No doubt! Though i must admit i was ecstatic just to see them start the game against the Titans fully awake..Under Philbin, i always thought someone should call a quick timeout to make sure they even had a pulse...

      • DolphinsFreak
        DolphinsFreak commented
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        That's exactly what I am wanting to happen!! I want the Dolphins to FINALLY beating the Texans. If that happens fans will start to believe in Campbell because as most know for one reason or another the Texans have owned the Dolphins in recent years. If the Dolphins can put together a nice victory then they should be able to carry that momentum into the Patriots game on Thursday Night. Question Remains - Do Dolphins fans want the Patriots to lose to the Jets or win that game? We all know what that team "usually" does in the next game if they lose. I would love it if the Jets AND Dolphins beat the Patriots, changing that tradition so the "experts" would bring that team back down to earth with the rest of the teams in the NFL.

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