See where ESPN ranks Texans’ running game

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Running backs Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman have done a nice job of moving the ball on the ground for the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans’ running game hasn’t been great through the first four weeks of the NFL season, but it also hasn’t been really bad.

Lamar Miller is now averaging 3.8 yards per carry after a nice game against the Tennessee Titans in week four. He’s rushed for 257 yards on 68 carries this season, along with one touchdown.

When it comes to rookie running back D’Onta Foreman, he’s averaging 3.4 yards per carry and has a total of 114 yards on 34 carries.

Field Yates of ESPN has the Texans’ running game ranked 11th overall so far this season. Here’s what he wrote:

"Miller is probably at his best when he’s earning between 15 and 18 touches per game (he has had at least 15 in all four games), which highlights the value of Foreman, who can wear out an opposing defense with his power. He has rushed for 114 yards on 34 carries."

I agree with Yates. Miller getting at least 15 touches a game is good. No more than 18 or 20 is ideal because the last thing the Texans need is for him to get worn down.

Foreman is a nice compliment to Miller because of his power as well as his burst to the outside.

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It looks like both Foreman and Miller are getting better as the season rolls on. Ideally the Texans’ offensive line will get stronger as well and help open more holes. If they could somehow average over four yards per carry, that would be quite a boost for their offense.

This Sunday, the Texans will be matching up with a Kansas City Chiefs’ defense that’s giving up 111 yards per game. Miller and Foreman could have some success.

Comment below and give us your thoughts on both Miller and Foreman so far this season.