When the Texans host the Miami Dolphins on Thursday

 night it
will be a matchup of Houston's quarterback of the future in Deshaun Watson and
one of the many failed quarterbacks of the team's past in Brock Osweiler.It will
be Osweiler's third straight start in place of Ryan Tannehill 49ers
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, who is out with a shoulder injury.Watson is
healthy after dealing with lung and rib injuries and helped the team to its
fourth straight win last week after an 0-3 start to leave the Texans in first
place in the AFC South.The Texans traded up to draft Watson with the 12th
overall pick in the 2017 draft to take over at the position after trading
Osweiler to Cleveland just one difficult season after signing him to a $72
million contract. Osweiler spent last season with the Broncos before joining the
Dolphins this year.Osweiler was supposed to be the answer to Houston's longtime
woes at quarterback, but instead ended up being the worst free-agent signing in
the franchise's short history. He was benched in December of his first and only
season with the Texans when he'd thrown three interceptions before halftime of a
game against the Jaguars. Tom Savage started the next two games, but got a
concussion early in the second one and the Texans looked to Osweiler again.He
played well to help Houston to a win in the wild-card game over Oakland. But his
three interceptions doomed the Texans in a 34-16 loss to New England in the next
round and he was sent packing a couple of months after that.Osweiler, who is 1-1
as a starter this season, knows everyone will be talking about his time in
Houston this week, but insists he isn't worried about it."There's going to be a
lot of outside noise trying to make a situation bigger than what it really is;
but at the end of the day ... my one season I had in Houston, I look at it as a
successful season," he said. "We won our division and we won a playoff game."He
said he hasn't spoken to Houston coach Bill O'Brien since the trade, but that he
has "great respect" for him and the Texans."There's no hard feelings," Osweiler
said. "There's no ill-will ... (I'm) focused just on playing a good football
game Thursday and doing whatever this football team needs me to do to help them
get a win."Although the Texans went 9-7 in Osweiler's one season, some of his
former teammates don't have very fond memories of his time in Houston."He's not
here anymore, so I don't really care for him," defensive end Jadeveon Clowney
said. "We didn't win a lot with him. Trying to go against him now. Try to get
after him this week up front make him rattled in the pocket, hope he'll throw a
couple of interceptions."While the Texans were certainly disappointed that
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, they're happy with how things worked out
considering that his failure led to them drafting Watson.The 23-year-old Watson
said he didn't know a lot about the revolving door the team had at quarterback
in the years before he was drafted. But he does understand how excited fans are
to have him and about his potential to be the franchise quarterback this team
has long searched for."It's been awesome just to feel that love and just have
people consider me as a franchise quarterback and they want me here," he said.
"So, I've just got to continue to focus on what I can do to help this team
win."Some things to know about the Dolphins-Texans game.EARLY ARRIVALThe
Dolphins flew to Houston on Tuesday, a day earlier than usual. Coach Adam Gase
decided to tweak the schedule because in the Dolphins' two most recent Thursday
night appearances, they lost at Cincinnati 22-7 in 2016 and at Baltimore 40-0
last year.Gase conceded he's still trying to figure out the best way to prepare
on a short week."I'm the wrong guy to ask on that, considering that I think
we've scored seven points and given up 60-something," he said. "We're trying
something new this year."MILLER'S MIAMI TIESHouston running back Lamar Miller
was born and raised in Miami, went to college at Miami, was drafted by the
Dolphins in 2012 and spent his first four seasons there before signing with the
Texans before the 2016 season.Miller, who had his first 100-yard rushing game
since 2016 last week, said he's trying to approach Thursday as any other game,
but admitted it might mean a little bit more because of his history."Of course,
I want to do good because I played there and I'm from there," he said.
"So http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-weston-richburg-jersey ,
I'm going to try and do whatever I can to put us in the best spot to win this
game."KEY MATCHUPMiami cornerback Xavien Howard is likely to spend a lot of time
covering DeAndre Hopkins, who is tied for third in the NFL with 707 yards
receiving on 47 catches."I see he likes to push off a lot," Howard said. "He
likes to get physical. That's going to be part of his game."Howard said that's
fine with him."Oh, yeah. I'm a physical corner," he said.Howard is tied for the
league lead with three interceptions.AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami
contributed to this report.Predict the 49ers’ first offensive play, tackle, and
touchdown vs. Lions The San Francisco 49ers head into Week 2 of the NFL season,
which means it’s prediction time once again! Jimmy Garoppolo is coming back from
a game against the Minnesota Vikings where he was brought back to earth,
throwing three interceptions. The Lions have their own set of problems under
first-year head coach Matt Patricia, suffering a 31-point drubbing against the
New York Jets being one of them. With that in mind, it’s time to do predictions
for today.The predictions will include:1. The first offensive play the 49ers
will run/attempt to execute,2. The first player on defense (not special teams)
who will make a tackle, and3. How the team’s first touchdown will be scored (if
you think one will be scored).Here are the ground rules for the
predictions.Offensive Play Prediction Guidelines: Try to be as specific as you
can on what you think the 49ers’ first offensive play will be. Don’t just say
“pass play” or “run play”. Instead, say “Garoppolo throws a slant route to
Gar莽on for 7 yards” or “Alfred Morris runs right side and picks up three yards.”
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, interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, and
even a safety if you really think that will happen on the first offensive
play!Defensive Tackle Prediction Guidelines: Predicting the first defensive play
is much more obscure, so this one is a simpler category -- project who you think
will make the team’s first tackle that does not come on special teams or a
returned interception/fumble.First Touchdown Against Detroit: If you do not
think the 49ers will score a touchdown, then say “no touchdowns” as your answer.
Otherwise, predict how you think the 49ers’ first offensive touchdown will be
scored, along with the person(s) who will score. You can predict it to be on
offense, defense, or special teams. If you predict a passing touchdown, name
both the quarterback and the receiver.Here is the template you can copy+paste
for your comments:First Offensive Play: First Defensive Tackle: First
Touchdown:Here are my predictions.First Offensive Play: Outside zone run by Matt
Breida out of I formation.First Defensive Tackle: Fred Warner of LeGarrette
BlountFirst Touchdown: Dante Pettis, 20-yard catch in the middle of the endzone
after a Jimmy Garoppolo flush from the pocket.
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