Texans Lose Badly 44-26; Appear to Lose RB Foster for Rest of Season

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins

The Texans picked the wrong day to play their worst game of the season, and they might as well have warmed the buses up at halftime, as they trailed Miami at that point 41-0.

In the end, the final result was 44-26, and it wasn’t even that close.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill completed his first 18 attempts and threw for four scores in first 16 minutes as the Dolphins put the game away before the Texans really got anything going.

The Texans had dominated the Dolphins in the past, going 7-0 against them. That streak ended quickly Sunday, as Miami became the first team in at least 75 years to score four offensive touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a half, according to STATS.

Tannehill extended his two-game streak to 25 consecutive completions, an NFL record, before he threw his only incompletion in the fourth quarter.

Jarvis Landry went through the Texans D for a 50-yard catch and run for a score. He also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill.

Lamar Miller scored on a 54-yard reception and an 85-yard run. Rishard Matthews scored the game’s first points when turned a short pass from Tannehill into a 53-yard score.

That was all in the opening half, when the Dolphins built a 41-0 lead. They tied a franchise record of 21 points in the first quarter, done three other times, and 35 points at halftime set in 1967, their second season.

”Terrible,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said of their performance. ”It’s something I take full responsibility for.”

Not only was the loss bad, but Texans running back Arian Foster suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the fourth quarter and it sounds like he’ll be one for the year.

Foster was on crutches in the locker room after the game. When asked if he knows how serious the injury is, he said, “Not yet, but it’s not good.”

He had 125 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the game. He missed the first three games of the season with a groin injury.

Brian Hoyer was 23-for-49 for 273 yds with three touchdowns and a pick in the loss.


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