The Texans scored their first touchdown of the 2018 season in the third quarter against New England. Alfred Blue's one-yard touchdown run capped off a 10-play, 68-yard scoring drive late in the third quarter.
"Outside zone play, defense crashed in, thinking it was going inside and I bounced it," Blue said.
The Texans offense relied heavily on its ground game led by Lamar Miller and Blue on the drive. After a 13-yard pass to Bruce Ellington on second-and-12, Deshaun Watson handed the ball off twice to Blue who picked up back-to-back first downs with the help of the offensive line.
"They did great," Blue said. "Even when we were going tempo with the running game, those guys dug deep and kept on blocking and giving me and Lamar lanes."
Houston's offense picked up momentum and shifted to no-huddle as Miller substituted for Blue on the next three plays. Watson's 14-yard pass to Ellington extended the drive. Hopkins added a 7-yard catch to give Houston possession at the New England one-yard line. Blue contributed 27 net yards on the drive which ended in the eighth rushing touchdown of his career. Houston trailed 24-13 with 1:54 left in the third quarter.
Blue finished the game with five carries for 36 yards and the score.
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