The Houston Texans defeated the Dolphins by a score of 24-17 on Saturday night, but there were a few highlights on both sides of the ball.
The defense forced two turnovers, and Ryan Tannehill connected with Mike Wallace three times on one drive in the first half, including one for a touchdown.
However, there were also a few areas the Dolphins can clean up moving forward, including penalties and offensive efficiency.
Here are my three takeaways from the Dolphins’ 24-17 loss to the Texans:
1) Tannehill to Wallace: A-Okay – It was nice to see quarterback Ryan Tannehill get on track with his wide receiving weapon on the outside, Mike Wallace. It took a while, but Tannehill finally found Wallace streaking down the sideline for a 33-yard completion. He also was able to find the speedster on a 16-yard comeback and a 9-yard touchdown strike in the redzone. Wallace not only found room in the Houston secondary, but he made a key-block on Lamar Miller’s 4-yard touchdown run.
2) Huge Loss for Miami – never want to see anyone get injured in a preseason game, and the injury to Dustin Keller’s knee looked to be severe. My stomach immediately started to hurt for Keller because of the type of player and person he is and what he means to the success of this offense. Hopefully, Keller’s injury is not season ending, but in the short-term, it definitely will affect not only the tight end position, but the progress of this offense as well.
3) Grimes Finally Gets One – It was nice to see cornerback Brent Grimes come up with an interception on the third play of the game. He anticipated the route of rookie DeAndre Hopkins, timed it perfectly and was in position to play the football like it was intended for him. The way Brent has played during training camp finally translated to an opportunity in a preseason game. This won’t be the last time you see Grimes make a play like that this season.
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