Spying the AFC South: August 19, 2013

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Houston Texans (2-0) 24, Miami Dolphins 17

Aug 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive tackle Terrell McClain (97) forces a fumble against Miami Dolphins quarterback Aaron Corp (4) during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Dolphins 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This Texans team was expected to win their third consecutive AFC South championship in a perceivably weak division that includes two up-and-comers who may not compete until 2014. Despite not having Arian Foster, the Texans have looked very sound and efficient in their first two wins. They never trailed against a Miami Dolphins team who had the advantage of playing in a third preseason.

It was a dominant performance with the Texans out-gaining the Dolphins in total yardage, 415-208. Texans quarterbacks completed 26-of-38 for 303 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The defense had nine tackles-for-losses and six sacks.

A fine performance but not perfect. The Texans had nine penalties for 91 yards. Their 4-for-11 third-down conversion line wasn’t impressive. They lost the turnover battle, 2-1.

Looks like the Texans are ready for the real games to begin.


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