Despite sitting at 0-2, the Texans run game is currently the best in the NFL. Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue have combined for a stout ground game that is putting up big numbers each week.
"I think we're leading the league in rushing right now, which is a good thing, but it's not good to be 0-2, obviously," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "So, we have to figure it out. We understand that but I do like the way we're running the ball. I think I can help it with certain play calls moving forward."
Through two games, Houston leads the NFL in rushing yards (315) and ranks second in yards per play (5.3). In Sunday's 20-17 loss at Tennessee, the Texans' comeback fell short, but not before they scored 17 unanswered points and outgained Tennessee's offense 107-8 in the third quarter. Much of that success could be attributed to the effectiveness of the ground game, according to O'Brien.
"The running game really helped," O'Brien said. "I think we started to really move the ball well. I think our backs really played well. Lamar and Blue are really doing a good job and our line is run-blocking well, as well as the tight ends. There was some good execution going on there and we really need to try and keep it going. We need to try and be consistent with it because it's going to help us."
Heading into Week 3, Miller currently ranks fourth in the NFL with 166 yards on 34 carries. Blue, with just 72 carries, has provided a 6.0 yards per rush average and a touchdown. Deshaun Watson has contributed 84 yards on 13 attempts.
"We're holding ourselves to that standard that we want to come out and run the ball," left tackle Martinas Rankin said. "We want to come out and set the tone as an offense, as an offensive line. I guess that's the main goal for us, just you know got to continue to get better. We want more and more. You know, we want to have 1,000-yard running backs."
In Week 1, Miller, Blue and Watson combined for 167 yards and a touchdown. In Sunday's loss at Nashville, the trio rushed for 148 yards.
The Texans will face the New York Giants in their 2018 home opener at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 12 noon CT on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.
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