1:02 pm
November 7

Texans @ Dolphins

Who will WIN this matchup?

Houston Texans (1-7)

@ Miami Dolphins (1-7)


Current odds:

Houston Texans: (+175)

Miami Dolphins: (-200)


• The line for this game is Dolphins by 4 points.

• Adam Schefter tweeted within the last hour: Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa has a small fracture in the middle finger of his throwing hand that has not recovered enough to allow him to start today’s game against the Texans, per league sources. Jacoby Brissett now is expected to be the Dolphins’ starting QB today, per source.

• When the 1-7 Houston Texans visit the 1-7 Miami Dolphins on Sunday, it will not exactly be must-see TV. In fact, the fan bases of both teams have likely covered their eyes for much of this season as Miami and Houston enter Sunday on dueling seven-game losing streaks. They own the worst records in the AFC. The teams have been connected this year by a months-long Deshaun Watson trade rumor that failed to materialize before Tuesday’s deadline.

• Watson, who has been a healthy scratch all season, asked for a trade earlier this year. The Dolphins are among the teams he reportedly would have waived his no-trade clause for, but they passed on making a move due to his unresolved and well-chronicled legal issues.

• The Texans, who are plodding through their longest losing streak since 2013, are coming off a 38-22 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. Houston scored 22 consecutive points in the final eight-plus minutes of the game, taking advantage of Rams backups.

• The Texans, who are off for 14 days following the Dolphins game, would love to get a victory before their bye week. But for that to happen, they will have to figure out how to win on the road, where they are 0-4 this season. Then again, the Dolphins are 0-3 at home.

• Meanwhile, Mills’ struggles have been even greater. He has an even higher interception rate (3.8) than Tagovailoa, and he has yet to win a game (0-6). He has completed 67 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and 193.9 yards per game.

• Mills’ top playmaker is wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who leads the Texans in receptions (51) and receiving yards (585).

• Miami’s top playmakers are wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker, and tight end Mike Gesicki. Waddle, a rookie first-round pick, has a team-high 48 catches for 413 yards. Gesicki has 40 catches for a team-high 475 yards. Parker is third on the team in receiving yards (327).

StreakSmarter Pick
Miami Dolphins