Who has the edge? Breaking down the matchups for Dolphins (7-3) vs. Texans (1-8-1)

Here’s a look at how the Miami Dolphins (7-3) and Houston Texans (1-8-1) match up in six key areas ahead of Sunday’s Week 12 game at Hard Rock Stadium (1 p.m., CBS):

When the Dolphins run: Miami is coming off a season-best 195 yards rushing in their dominant victory over the Cleveland Browns that preceded the bye week. Jeff Wilson Jr. has gotten himself incorporated into the Dolphins run game incredibly quickly since the trade at the deadline. His 119 rushing yards in his second game with Miami is a season-high individual rushing performance on this team.

Miami is moving defenders at the line of scrimmage with every member of its offensive line, anchored by Terron Armstead at left tackle. Robert Jones at left guard and Brandon Shell at right tackle have been solid since each’s insertion into the line, complementing the already-reliable right guard Robert Hunt and Connor Williams at center. Austin Jackson’s return could make for an interesting decision for Dolphins coaches in potentially breaking up the current momentum on the line.

The Texans have the NFL’s worst run defense. They’ve only held an opponent under 100 rushing yards once, and they’ve surrendered performances of 281 and 314 rushing yards to the Bears and Titans, respectively. With five of their six top tacklers being defensive backs, it shows how often opponents get to the second level against Houston. Edge: Dolphins

When the Texans run: A rare bright spot for Houston this season has come in rookie running back Dameon Pierce. He has been a workhorse for the Texans, averaging 17.5 carries per game. He has 780 rushing yards on the year for a 4.5 yards-per-carry average. Pierce was just held to his worst performance of the season, though, 8 yards on 10 attempts against the Washington Commanders.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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