Both Houston (7-7) and Miami (7-7) are one of the six AFC teams at 7-7 looking to sneak into the playoffs. Although a win for either team won’t guarantee them a spot, a loss will eliminate them from the hunt. There are numerous playoff scenarios that will play out over the next two games of the season, but neither team is looking that far ahead and have a common goal – to win this Sunday afternoon. The Texans have finished the last two seasons 8-8, a franchise-best. The Dolphins suffered a heartbreaking 27-24-overtime loss last week against Tennessee that severely hurt their chances to catch New England in the AFC East race. The key for the Dolphins to win will be to limit the big plays and this is not an easy task with the stellar play of quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson. Schaub burned the Dolphins in Houston last October 12, scoring on a sneak with three seconds left as Houston improved to 4-0 all-time versus Miami with a 29-28 victory. Also, the Dolphins are 24th in the NFL in turnover margin, currently sitting at a minus-seven. This is largely due to the play of second year quarterback Chad Henne who threw three interceptions last week against Tennessee and has been intercepted eight times in the last four weeks. The Dolphins are tied for second in the NFL with 40 sacks. Houston won 21-20 on Sept. 7, 2003, in its only game in Miami. Your betting lines, trends and predictions are listed below for this Texans vs Dolphins Week 16 game.
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Houston vs. Miami Betting Line and Odds:
Houston Texans +1.5 (-110)
Vs. Miami Dolphins -1.5 (-110)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Houston Texans vs Miami Dolphins Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Houston 27 Miami 24
Spread Prediction- This game will come down to the team that wants it more and I think Houston will come out on top. I don’t think Miami’s defense has what it takes to stop Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. Schaub has already thrown for a franchise-record 4,181 yards this season and has eight 300-yard passing games. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, quarterback Chad Henne has been too inconsistent this year and turns the ball over too frequently. This is a recipe for a loss. Take HOUSTON to beat this spread.
Over/Under- Take the OVER. The Dolphins have a strong running game behind Ricky Williams who is looking for his fifth 100-yard rushing game in the last seven weeks. He leads a rushing attack that ranks fourth in the league with 148.0 yards per game average. The Texans bring a high-powered offense that is backed primarily with the stellar play of quarterback Matt Schaub. Neither team will have problems putting up points.
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