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The Houston Texans have put their 0-3 start

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behind them Womens Frank Gore Jersey , winning four straight games capped by Sunday's victory over the Jaguars to move into first place in the AFC South.But they won't have much time to celebrate their recent success with the Dolphins coming to town on Thursday night."We got a lot to prove," safety Tyrann Mathieu said. "Anytime you win four games in a row you set a standard for yourself. I think it's a standard that we'll have to live up to, especially since it's a short week."Miami is a hot team, so we have big challenge coming Thursday. We have to get over this game. It was a big game and a big win, but we have to get over it quickly."Coach Bill O'Brien knows that most people wrote his team off after its terrible start, but he insists he never doubted that he had a good team which could turn things around."I knew that the team had the resolve to be able to really take the cliche of one day at a time, one play at a time, really take that to heart and make it work," he said. "Those are clich茅s unless you actually make them work, and this is the type of team we have. We have a mentally tough team."Quarterback Deshaun Watson agreed with his coach, but was quick to point out that they still have a lot of work to do."We were down and out, and everybody was counting us out," Watson said. "The thing is we have guys on this team who understand that early on it doesn't matter. We just put our heads down and kept working and now we have to continue to do the same thing."Houston's first three wins in this streak were close games, with two of them coming in overtime. But on Sunday against the Jaguars, the Texans jumped out to a 20-0 lead and came away with a 20-7 win on a day they forced three turnovers.Another key to Houston's win over Jacksonville was success in the red zone. After struggling in the area all season, the Texans scored a touchdown on two of their three trips inside the 20-yard line on Sunday to roll to the easy win.Despite Watson's solid play in the win on Sunday, the Texans faced more questions about his health after it was revealed that he made the 800-mile trip from Houston to Jacksonville by bus because they were worried about how air pressure from flying would affect his bruised lung and injured ribs.O'Brien wouldn't provide any more details on Monday about why he took the bus, but said that he didn't expect his travel to be impacted by his injury in the future.While Watson continues to grow into his position and hopefully become the franchise quarterback the Texans have long searched for, on Thursday they'll face the player they once thought would fill that role in Brock Osweiler.Signed before this season to be Ryan Tannehill's backup, Osweiler will start his third straight game on Thursday night with Tannehill still out with a shoulder injury.It will be an interesting matchup considering Osweiler's history with the Texans. Houston signed him to a $72 million contract before the 2016 season Authentic Matt Haack Jersey , but he was benched before the year was over and shipped to Cleveland before the next season.Though he struggled during his time with the Texans, O'Brien has been impressed with his work in the past two weeks where he's thrown for 619 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions."They're doing a great job with him," O'Brien said. "Brock's a very talented player and he's a having a really good year right now for them. He's doing a real good job."Dolphins Have Little Choice But To Play A Ball Control Game As the 2018 regular season rapidly approaches, a harsh reality becomes more and more apparent: to have any realistic chance of winning games, at least in the early portion of the season, the Miami Dolphins are going to have to control the ball and play a time of possession game. Having the ability to run a hurry up offense that can strike quickly from anywhere on the field is a nice luxury to have, at the end of a half or a game, or if the team falls behind by double digits, but the Dolphins will need to keep their defense, and the other team’s offense, on the sidelines as much as possible, during the first month or so of the season, to give themselves the best chance of winning. So, what happened to all the optimism, you ask? Have I done a complete 180, and soured on the team once again? Not at all; Miami just needs a few games to get the new guys on defense some reps and get them better acclimated to Matt Burke’s scheme. At some point, probably by late October/November, this young defense may very well give opposing quarterbacks fits, but, based on what we saw last week against Carolina http://www.miamidolphinsteamonline.com/raekwon-mcmillan-jersey , and are even more likely to see this weekend, they’re going to need some time to get up to speed.Until then, veteran QB Ryan Tannehill and the offense will need to carry a disproportionate share of the load.Fortunately, Tammy and Co. appear to be well equipped to pull this off with aplomb. The past year has no doubt been difficult for the team, as well as Ryan himself, but the rewards of sitting out the season and being able to engage in film study will manifest themselves this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tanny is named AFC player of the week at some point during the regular season for Miami. Those of us who followed the Dolphins during Dan Marino’s career remember all too well that other teams used to employ this strategy against Miami when they played the Dolphins; Marino and the offense couldn’t score if they weren’t on the field.We’re about to find out, once and for all, whether or not Adam Gase can coach, and I wouldn’t bet against him; during the team’s improbable playoff run of 2016, he adjusted on the fly, shifting gears and slowing the clock down to take advantage of Jay Ajayi and the running game. As CT pointed out, the Dolphins had, I believe, the second fewest pass attempts in the league that year. The hard running of Frank Gore and Miami’s quick hitting passing game would seem to be well suited for an efficient, bread-and-butter type attack that wears down opposing defenses and will keep the Dolphins’ own defenders fresh, ready to come into the game and wreak havoc in the pass rush.If Miami can come out of the gate in September without stumbling too badly, they should be able to put together a good run during the middle portion of their schedule, before closing with a tough five game stretch to end the year. This promises to be an entertaining season. It’s an exciting time to be a Dolphin fan.
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