Lamar Miller is x-factor against Jaguars

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Lamar Miller is the key for the Houston Texans when it comes to their opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If the Houston Texans are going to come away with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, running back Lamar Miller will have to have a big day.

To me, Miller is the Texans’ x-factor heading into their season opener at NRG Stadium in Houston.

First of all, the Jags did a nice job of beefing up their defense by adding defensive lineman Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye and safety Barry Church this past offseason.

Given the fact that the Texans’ offensive is not at full strength with left tackle Duane Brown still holding out for more money, Houston has to establish a running game in order to slow down the Jaguars’ pass rush and guys like Bouye, Church and Jalen Ramsey on the backend.

If Miller can get going, it will make things a lot easier for Texans’ quarterback Tom Savage and their passing game because it will allow them to use play action and keep Jacksonville off balance on defense.

Miller played very well in the Texans’ first meeting with the Jags last season as he averaged 5.5 yards for carry. During their second match-up he only averaged 2.9 yards per carry. He also only scored one touchdown between both meetings.

C.J. Fiedorowicz ready to go for Texans.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday that Texans’ starting tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has been cleared and is ready to go for week one.

Getting Fiedorowicz back is huge. He will help out Savage a lot as an underneath safety valve against a stout Jaguars’ defense.

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