The Dolphins open the regular season as heavy favorite to make it 12 straight on opening day as they take on the Houston Texans at Pro Player Stadium.

But the Dolphins know better than to overlook Houston, the second-year team coming off a 4-12 first season. Defensive end Jason Taylor, in fact, said it would be ridiculous for the Dolphins to take the Texans lightly.

Given the Dolphins' talent advantage, it would seem overlooking Houston is the only way the Dolphins would lose this game.

But, as they say, that's why they play the games on the field.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Texans matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-0) vs. Houston Texans (0-0)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: CBS (Gus Johnson, play-by-play; Brent Jones, analysis)

LINE: Dolphins by 131/2

2002 NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 15th in the NFL in total offense, 2nd in rushing offense, 26th in passing offense, 3rd in total defense, tied for 5th in rushing defense, 8th in passing defense

Texans — 32nd in the NFL in total offense, 31st in rushing offense, 32nd in passing offense, 16th in total defense, 28th in rushing defense, 10th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Texans, Dom Capers (2nd year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The teams are meeting for the first time.

INJURIES: Dolphins — T Mark Dixon (ankle) and QB Brian Griese (toe); DE Rob Burnett (knee), FB Rob Konrad (finger), K Olindo Mare (knee), S Brock Marion (ankle), LS Sean McDermott (Achilles), C Tim Ruddy (knee) and CB Patrick Surtain (knee) are probable.

Texans — S Travares Tillman (arm) is out; DE Gary Walker (shoulder) is questionable; RB Domanick Davis (back), LB Jay Foreman (shoulder), C Steve McKinney (knee) and RB Jonathan Wells (toe) are probable.

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