Aug 17, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
The Texans are expected to come out on top this Sunday.
The Houston Texans enter Week 1 heavily favored to beat the visiting Miami Dolphins. Since opening as a 6-1/2 point favorite over Miami, Houston has improved to anywhere from a 12-1/2 to a 13-1/2 point favorite.
The Dolphins head into the season with a lot of questions, and none may be more significant than those surrounding rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who won the starting job during training camp. Miami is one of a handful of teams starting a rookie quarterback in the opening week, and it will also be looking to establish some reliable receiving targets.
Houston, which went 3-1 in the preseason, is considerably more settled at the skill positions.
Kickoff between the Dolphins and Texans is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.