You may have noticed the Texans and Dolphins in the headlines lately. Finally, we can fully focus on the fact that these two squads square off on Sunday and there is a precious, coveted victory at stake (no ties, please).
It's the tenth meeting and Houston has dominated the series 8-1. The lone victory for Miami was in 2015 in a game I'd love to forget. The best part about the weekend was taking the crew to the Clevelander on South Beach and seeing throngs of Texans fans making the trip.
My every-road-trip travel article is coming up this week and you'll want to get my personal take on my experience living in South Florida, which is somewhere between Bad Boys and the Golden Girls.
The first time the Texans ventured to Miami was 2003 when the Dolphins were still a consistently winning franchise. The organization longed for the glory days of Don Shula who had 324 wins, the most all-time (Bill Belichick still needs 35 to pass George Halas for number two and 10 more to beat Shula).
Jimmy Johnson rebuilt the roster in the late 90s and they were good but not great. When Dave Wannstedt took over, they were still a playoff team but couldn't get to the championship game level. Fans there yearn for that level of failure now as Miami has only been to the playoffs twice since the Ravens beat them in '01 (a game I actually called on national radio).
Editor's Note – Vandermeer, are you broadcast-bragging again? Please stop. I feel a name-drop coming on any moment.
The Texans won the '03 opener, which is one of the sweetest victories no one talks about as Andre Johnson won his pro debut game in his hometown. It was nearly impossible to beat the Dolphins at their place in September in those days.
The next trip was '09 as the Texans were catching fire with Matt Schaub getting hot and Arian Foster getting carries for the first time. Somehow then-PR man Tony Wyllie brought actress Vivica Fox into our booth and she ended up on the air for a few moments (long story).
Editor's Note – There it is! Name-drop! I knew it!
There have been some good games at NRG with the Dolphins but we'll save those memories for another time. The Texans hope to make some new ones by snapping their losing streak and hitting the bye with a win.
The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium will be on November 28 as they host the New York Jets in Week 12. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.
Check out the best photos from the Texans Week 8 game against the Los Angeles Rams.