MIAMI – There was a familiar feeling to the Miami Dolphins’ 17-9 win over the Houston Texans (1-8) on Sunday. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett found wide receiver Mack Hollins for a 5-yard touchdown late in the second quarter to give Miami a multi-touchdown lead for the third time this season.
That’s where the family feeling came to an end.
Unlike the previous two occurrences, Miami (2-7) maintained its multi-touchdown lead against Houston and ended its seven-game losing streak, overcoming five turnovers and an inability to move the ball on the ground.
“I think we just played 60 minutes of soccer today, so whether we turned the ball around, our defense comes out and helps us,” tight end Mike Gesicki said. “You know, we just keep pushing, we keep dating and we don’t let this slip away.
“It’s something to build on.”
Let’s cut down on the praise for a second, because for a large part of the game, it seemed like the Dolphins were hell-bent on losing.
Against the second-worst running defense in the NFL, Miami averaged 1.9 yards on 25 carries. Three of the five turnovers were in the first half and his offensive line allowed 22 pressures on 44 dropbacks and continued to be one of the worst pass blocking units in the league.
But the Dolphins did enough to win after losing three games this season when their opponents scored field goals on the last play. Even against one of the worst teams in the NFL, that deserves celebration.
“Gives [us] a lot of confidence that the work we are doing will not go to waste, “said safety Eric Rowe.” That’s the most important thing, because once you start believing that all the hard work that you’re doing is going nowhere, then ultimately you stop working hard and then you lose even worse. “
It didn’t take long for the Dolphins to enjoy the victory. They host quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) on Thursday night (8:20 pm ET, Fox).
Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who has repeatedly said the team has a “24-hour rule” to be upset about a loss before moving on, said he would enjoy the win for about “an hour or so” before coming back. to work.
Coach Brian Flores said the team needed to “correct a lot of things on offense” before Thursday’s game.
Ultimately, quick change is exactly what the Dolphins say they need; it prevents them from getting too high and forgetting that there is still half a season to play.
“It allows guys to put it behind you, because I think sometimes in a long week, you get a win and forget to push yourself,” Hollins said. “You don’t come in [on] the day off and do everything you normally do.
“I think it’s nice to have a short week and to be able to celebrate, but make sure we get out of Houston and go to Baltimore.”