Thursday Night Football Preview

By: Nabeela Damji

Thursday, October 25, 2018


It’s Halloween come early tonight for Texans fans when the ghost of Brock Osweiler comes back to Houston tonight when the Houston Texans host the Miami Dolphins o Thursday Night Football. Okay, it’s not a ghost it’s really him but it’s probably still enough to bring back spooky memories and scare the crap out of Texans fans.

The last time Houston football fans heard the name Osweiler he was their starting QB and completed 59.15% of his passes, threw more interceptions than touchdowns, averaged 5.8 yards an attempt and subsequently had his four-year $72 million-dollar contract quickly and swiftly shipped out of Houston. He then had stints with the Browns, Denver and now is replacing an injured Ryan Tannehill in tonight’s game. Seriously, how bad do you have to be for the BROWNS to release you? During his two starts in Miami Osweiler has thrown 6 touchdowns to 2 interceptions, is averaging 8.2 yards an attempt, has been sacked 4 times. Soooo, improvement?

The Texans then drafted a dude name Deshaun Watson, who will start for the Texans tonight, looking for their fifth straight win. Wide receiver Keke Coutee is out with a hamstring injury.
The Dolphins on the other hand are looking for their first win on Thursday Night Football since 2014, and their first road victory on TNF since 2009. They’ll have to do it without arguably their best wide receivers in Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, who will not play tonight. The Dolphins are one game back of top spot in the AFC East.

Houston boasts the seventh best defense in terms of yards allowed per game, and eight-best in points per game. On the flipside, the Dolphins are ranked 27th and 23rd in those fields respectively. That means for the Dolphins, they need to look out for DeAndre Hopkins who’s third in the league in receiving yards. The Texans need to keep an eye on Dolphins running back Frank Gore, who with 104 scrimmage yards could surpass Barry Sanders for sixth-most scrimmage yards in NFL history.