8:20 p.m. ET
Key Coaching Decision #1: (MIA ball/ No score / Fourth – and- 1/ HOU 28/ 10:54 Q1)
• The Dolphins attempted a fourth down conversion that fell short early in the game. Brock Osweiler is 6’8” and could have probably fallen forward for a first down attempt, but the Dolphins attempted to gain the one yard necessary to extend the drive by handing the ball off to Frank Gore against a stout Texans defensive line.
• One option would have been to attempt a field goal from this distance. This game was played with the roof closed and weather would not have impacted a kick. The Dolphins could have played with a three point lead early in this game.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (HOU ball/ HOU leads 14-10 / Fourth – and- GOAL/ MIA 2/ 11:34 Q3)
• In a one-score game, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien did not attempt a field goal and instead attempted the fourth down conversion. Quarterback Deshaun Watson found rookie tight end Jordan Thomas for his second of his two touchdowns in the game. The Texans took a two–score lead.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (MIA ball/ HOU leads 28-20 / KICKOFF/ MIA 35/0:36 Q3)
• Miami just scored a field goal to make it a one-score game. Miami’s defense appeared to be running out of steam at this point in the game. Rather than kick the ball off and attempt to give the Texans a longer field, the Dolphins attempted an onside kick that the Texans recovered at the Dolphins 49-yard line. Two plays later, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for a 49-yard touchdown to push the Texans lead back to 35-20.
• The Dolphins showed some creativity in the third quarter when Danny Amendola threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kenyan Drake to cut the Texans lead to 21-17.
• The Dolphins have now lost two games in a row, have lost four of the last five games, and are now 4-4 and face the Jets in Miami in Week 9.
• The Texans offense is clicking after a rough start to the season. Houston pounded Miami in the running game. The Texans finished with 188 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson threw five touchdown passes.
• It was the Texans fifth straight victory after an ugly 0-3 start.
• It was a costly game for the Texans. Wide receiver Will Fuller tore his ACL in the fourth quarter. The Texans already beat-up defense saw two additional key players go down due to injury in the first quarter. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph injured his ankle and emerging second-year inside linebacker Zach Cunningham injured a knee. Neither player returned to the game.