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Week 1: Miami Dolphins At Houston Texans

Dolphins
Texans
Oakland Raiders v Miami Dolphins
Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans
Quarterback
Perhaps the best thing fans have seen on HBO’s Hard Knocks series with the Miami Dolphins has been the development and play of rookie Ryan Tannehill. His numbers have not been overwhelming, but he has picked up Joe Philbin’s system.
Winner The Texans finally made the playoffs last year and they should be a legitimate AFC challenger to New England as long as Matt Schaub stays healthy. Schaub has great field vision, accuracy and a quick release.
Offense
Reggie Bush looks like he has the potential to be one of the best running backs in the league. Davone Bess is an ordinary wideout who is the best the Dolphins have on their roster.
Winner The Texans have one of the most versatile offensive attacks in the league, thanks to Arian Foster who can run and catch passes. If Andre Johnson can stay healthy, he could challenge Calvin Johnson as the No. 1 receiver in the league.
Defense
Winner The Dolphins have little hope of putting together a credible offense this season, so that means the pressure is going to be on the defense. Cameron Wake and Karlos Dansby are the two impact players who are going to have to produce every week.
Winner Wade Phillips is not a good head coach, but he is superb as a defensive coordinator and the Texans’ defense improved from the 30th-ranked unit in 2010 to the 2nd-best defense last year. J.J. Watt is a potential Pro Bowler because of his power and instincts.
Special Teams
The Dolphins have an excellent punter in Brandon Fields, who had a 41.1-yard net average a year ago. Dan Carpenter is a solid placekicker who made 29-of-34 field goal attempts last year with a long of 58 yards.
The Texans said goodbye to veteran placekicker Neil Rackers and drafted Randy Bullock out of Texas A&M to take his place. Danieal Manning and rookie Keshawn Martin have big-play ability in the return game.

The Winner Is

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans
Winner Texans
3 out of 4

The Texans look like they should be the AFC South champion by a wide margin. The Dolphins may be the worst team in the NFL. This should be a mismatch from the opening kickoff as the Texans have a huge advantage in talent at the skill positions.

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