The Texans had four scoring drives in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions. However, it was the last one, a 36-yard field goal by Nick Novak, that may have been the most significant.With just two healthy wide receivers, DeAndre Hopkins and Braxton Miller, left in the game, Houston's offense relied heavily on the run game. Brock Osweiler led a nine-play, 47-yard drive that consumed considerable 6:05 of the fourth quarter.
"That's one of those deals where I believe the offensive line, the tight ends, fullback, and running backs really took over the game," Osweiler said. "They knew that if we could make it a two-score game, we had a good chance of putting this thing away. That's when we had our receiver injuries. I think Detroit knew we were going to run the ball. We knew we were going to run the ball, and our offensive line got the job done and they did it in a huge way. We marched down the field running the football. I think all the credit needs to go to those big guys up front, and they did a tremendous job."
Lamar Miller rushed for eight yards on two consecutive carries to start the drive. Alfred Blue added 31 yards on the ground on three carries. Both Hopkins and Miller caught passes eight and nine yards, consecutively. Novak's kick extended the Texans lead to two scores and Houston took a 20-10 with 4:14 left in the game.
Check out photos of the game as the Texans took on the Lions at NRG Stadium.