A new era will begin today for the Miami Dolphins. Today will be new head coach Joe Philbin's first game as an NFL head coach and the Dolphins will have a rookie quarterback under center to start the season for the first time in team history. That rookie as we all know is Ryan Tannehill, who many thought would need to sit for at least a year before taking over. An injury to David Garrard, Matt Moore's less than stellar play in the pre-season and Tannehill's sometimes solid performance changed all that. But his first game is going to be no easy task.
The Dolphins travel to Houston to kick off the 2012 season and have a lot of history going against them. They are 3-7 in their last 10 road openers and, of course, 0-6 against the Texans. Houston has one of the better teams in the AFC as well as one of the better defenses. With Jake Long is coming off of a knee injury, rookie Jonathan Martin struggling at times at right tackle and underachiever John Jerry at right guard, the offensive line could have a long day. The Dolphins best receiver is slot man Devon Bess. I think the Texans will dare Tannehill to beat them in the air and crowd the line to shut down the running game.
The defense will have a tough task as well. The Texans have one of the better running games and then there is WR Andre Johnson, who Miami has always had a tough time with. I hope Miami does something they have not done in the past and that is to find a way to make sure their best corner, Sean Smith is on Johnson at all times.
In the end, I think it will be a long day for Philbin and Tannehill. The Texans are just too much for Miami right now.
Houston 31 Miami 13