Tampa Bay Sports Day

TNF: Miami Dolphins Can’t Catch Surging Texans in Houston

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HOUSTON – Wide receiver DeVante Parker had a career-high 134 receiving yards, Kenyan Drake had two touchdowns, and wide receiver Danny Amendola threw a touchdown pass, but it wasn’t enough for the Dolphins in a 42-23 loss to Houston at NRG Stadium.

Rookie kicker Jason Sanders accounted for three field goals, from 37, 41 and 46 yards

Houston QB  DeShaun Watson threw five touchdown passes, including two to rookie tight end Jordan Thomas and two to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. One of those was a 48-yard connection, and the other touchdown pass was a 73-yard hook-up with Will Fuller.

Former Dolphins running back Lamar Miller rushed for 133 yards, including a 58-yard run early in the third quarter.

Miami gave up 188 rushing yards. The Dolphins entered the second half trailing 14-10, but were outscored 28-13 in the final two quarters.

The deficit quickly grew to 21-10 after the 58-yard run by Miller. That set up Watson’s second touchdown pass to Thomas, which came on a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Amendola’s touchdown pass cut the deficit to 21-17 and made the Dolphins the first team in NFL history to have two wide receivers with TD passes in the same season. Albert Wilson was the first to do it when he connected with Grant against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3.

The Dolphins cut their deficit to 28-20 late in the third quarter when Sanders kicked a 41-yard field goal

Miami (4-4) will return to action Nov. 4 when they face the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium.