Instant Replay: Texans 24, Dolphins 17

Instant Replay: Texans 24, Dolphins 17
August 17, 2013, 10:15 pm
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The Texans won their second preseason game on Saturday night 24-17.

Most of the starters went about a quarter before the backups relieved them, as was the plan going into the win over the Dolphins (1-2).

Case Keenum was the second quarterback into the game for the Texans and performed well. T.J. Yates came in third and did well too. The Texans’ three top quarterbacks had strong performances once again.

The starting defense looked fine but did give up one touchdown on a drive powered by wideout Mike Wallace. Wallace caught a ball down the sideline and then caught a touchdown pass between Danieal Manning and Johnathan Joseph.

Starting offense

The Texans’ offense got off to a rough start. Matt Schaub threw an interception on his third throw of the game.

But the starting offense found its rhythm on its final drive of the game late in the first quarter. Schaub completed 5-of-6 passes on that drive and the Texans went 66 yards on eight plays. Overall, Schaub went 8-for-11 for 92 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Cushing returns

Brian Cushing was the last Texans defender announced out of the tunnel on Saturday night. It was Cushing’s first game action in 10 months, since he tore his ACL on Oct. 8 against the Jets.

Cushing made one really nice play for a five-yard loss. Ryan Tannehill dumped a pass off to Lamar Miller but Cushing was able to shed a blocker and make a big tackle in the backfield. Cushing had a chance for a big sack but couldn’t bring Tannehill down after flying at him like a spider monkey.

Keenum-mania

University of Houston product Keenum relieved Matt Schaub on Saturday and was very good. He was 11-for-18 for 150 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown throw was his best of the night, guiding it over Lestar Jean’s head perfectly on a 38-yarder.

Keenum led the touchdown drive and also led a 47-second drive at the end of the first half that resulted in a 46-yard Randy Bullock field goal. Two of his incompletions came toward the end of the first half on long shots toward the end zone before the field goal.

Don’t forget T.J.

Yates, the incumbent backup quarterback came into the game in the third quarter and led the Texans to a touchdown on his first drive. The scoring play was a 33-yard pass to Garrett Graham on a bootleg rollout left.

Yates finished 7-for-9 for 84 yards and a touchdown. He had a ton of pressure in his face most of the night and was able to withstand it and deliver passes.

Injuries

DeAndre Hopkins left the game in the first half with a head injury. The first-rounder out of Clemson had two catches for 22 yards before he left. 

Shiloh Keo injured his calf and left the game early. Eddie Pleasant hurt his knee. With both safeties out, Brandon Harris saw a few snaps at safety.

Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller left the game on a cart in the first half after a brutal hit to his legs from rookie D.J. Swearinger. It didn’t look good.

Up Next

The Texans’ next game will be home next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The third preseason game is commonly the one where starters play the most before they are shut down for the fourth and final preseason game. Two days after that game, the roster must be cut from 90 to 75.

Training camp is over but the Texans will get into a more normal game-week preparation at the Methodist Training Center.