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QB Tyrod Taylor vows to "be better" after struggles at Miami

Tyrod Taylor had a rough return to action after missing six games with a hamstring injury.

The veteran quarterback completed 24-of-43 passes for 240 yards but was sacked five times and picked off three others, as the Texans dropped a 17-9 decision at Miami.

"It just was a lack of execution, and that starts with me," Taylor said. "I'll be better."

He and the Texans got off to an excellent start, which was quickly erased with a turnover.

Houston's defense began the game by forcing a three-and-out from the Dolphins offense.

Taylor then guided the offense steadily down the field, getting 12 yards on a pair of carries from RB Phillip Lindsay and then a 23-yard completion to WR Chris Conley. RB David Johnson picked up three yards, then Lindsay gained another nine. An incompletion intended for WR Brandin Cooks was followed by Taylor finding rookie WR Nico Collins for a pickup of nine.

Then, on the eighth play of the drive and the first third down of the drive, Taylor was popped as he threw to Cooks in the left side of the end zone and intercepted. It was the first of four Texans turnovers on the afternoon and the rest of the day was a struggle offensively.

He went on to toss two more picks in the game. Entering Sunday, he'd not turned the ball over in 2021. In his career, he'd been picked off just 20 times in 1,436 pass attempts before the loss at Miami.

"Just bad decisions on my end," Taylor said. "It's definitely something I have to be better at to give us an opportunity to win games. It's definitely something I have to clean up, and I'll do that moving forward."

Taylor was under pressure throughout the contest, as the Dolphins routinely blitzed in passing situations and hit the veteran signal-caller nine times. The miscues added up, and Head Coach David Culley was surprised by Taylor's struggles.

"That's unusual for him," Culley said. "That hasn't been his M.O., but it was today."

Taylor, who'd missed Weeks 3 through 8 with a hamstring injury, said it wasn't "bothering me" in the postgame press conference and blamed "lack of execution" for the troubles on the day.

He also said he and his teammates will use the upcoming Bye Week as a chance to "regroup and prepare ourselves mentally and physically to get back."

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.

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