Vandermeer's View: Frustration in South Florida


For a perplexing second time this season the Texans fell behind six touchdowns to none. Sure they fought back after surrendering 41 unanswered points but after the beating they took in the first half against Miami, and the fact that they lost Arian Foster to an Achilles injury, this will sting for a while.

Like the Atlanta game, the mess was created on both sides of the ball. The offense didn't pick up a first down until the game was all but out of reach. And the defense was treated to a virtuoso performance by Ryan Tannehill that had the Dolphins media staff sifting through the record books to find out which of Dan Marino's accomplishments he was endangering.

Houston came in needing to stop the run and get its own ground game going. It didn't happen. The Texans also needed to jump on Miami early and prove that Dan Campbell's fresh start was nothing but a new coat of paint. That didn't happen either.

It was a head-scratching, jaw-dropping tear down of all the good that was built up during last week's victory at Jacksonville. The Dolphins looked like the toast of the NFL while the Texans looked like a team that was going nowhere fast.

The second half run showed that this squad has plenty enough talent to not put itself in insane six touchdown deficits. Somehow they have to find consistent production with the game on the line but it won't be easy without Foster.

With the Colts' loss to New Orleans, the division is still up for grabs, as unbelievable as that sounds.

Even Tennessee is not out of it. Speaking of the Titans, they're next. And before you count any chickens with that one remember that this is a rivalry game and there are clearly no 'gimme' putts in this round.

Bill O'Brien's squad will reach the mid-way point after next week. There was already a paper thin margin for error. If it weren't for the instability of the division then it might be time to talk draft. But with the majority of the season still in front of them, the Texans will fight on and attempt to improve on what's been a frustrating and disappointing start.

Check out the game action from the Texans at Dolphins Week 7 matchup.

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