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NFL Preseason Preview - Miami (1-1) at Houston (1-0)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(Sports Network) - South Beach meets South Texas on Saturday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Houston Texans in preseason action.

Jonas Gray rushed for a pair of touchdowns last week as the Dolphins dominated defensively en route to a 27-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in a preseason clash from EverBank Field.

Dustin Keller accounted for Miami's other touchdown by hauling in a 22-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill that gave the Dolphins a 7-0 advantage late in the first quarter.

Gray extended the lead to 14-0 with a 1-yard plunge in the second, a score set up by Nolan Carroll's interception of Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and added another 1-yard touchdown following a Jacksonville fumble deep in Dolphins' territory with under eight minutes left to play.

Tannehill operated Miami's first four offensive series and amassed 75 yards while completing 5-of-9 attempts in his second start of this preseason. The Dolphins opened the schedule with a 24-20 loss to Dallas in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game from Canton, OH.

"I like the way the guys are working," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of his team. "I like the understanding of the system. We don't have a lot of mental errors and mental mistakes. I think conceptually they have a good handle on what the job requirements are at their position. I think the work ethic has been good. The leadership has been good. We clearly have to execute better."

The Texans, meanwhile, rode their reserves in a 27-13 preseason opening win over Minnesota last week.

Backup quarterback T.J. Yates completed 13-of-21 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown while third-stringer Case Keenum was even better, going 13-for-18 for 125 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Starter Matt Schaub was 5-for-5 for 34 yards in his only series and rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins hauled in four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown for the Texans, who were knocked out of the playoffs in the AFC Divisional round by the New England Patriots after finishing with a franchise- best 12-4 mark in the regular season.

"We game plan a little bit in the preseason, more so (this) week like we're preparing for a regular season game," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. "Yeah, you're trying to test them a little bit mentally. How much you go do of that remains to be seen because you're still going to play a lot of young players. We need to look at a lot of guys."

These two teams have only faced each other one previous time in preseason action with Miami winning 24-3 on August 24, 2002 in Houston, the first home preseason game in Texans team history.

08/15 10:42:27 ET


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