Houston Texans: 5 ways to end a 300-plus day losing streak
3. Keep up the rushing attack
As for how poorly the Houston Texans have been at protecting the quarterback this season, their run-blocking abilities have been stellar with the Texans entering Week 3 with the most rushing yards of any team in the NFL.
The Texans have rushed the ball 70 times this season with Lamar Miller leading the teams with 166 yards on 34 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per rush. Miller is averaging 4.9 yards per carry with a best run of 31 yards. Following Miller is the quarterback Deshaun Watson with 13 carries for 84 yards, as he’s averaging 6.5 yards per rush.
The issue with those nice rushing stats is the number of rushing touchdowns between Miller and Watson, and that is zero. That has to improve this weekend, and it is capable of occurring if the Texans improve in the Red Zone. The Texans have scored a touchdown just 33 percent of the time in the Red Zone this season, ranking them 30th out of 32 teams in the league with only the Green Bay Packers and the Giants at a lower number.
Also for the Texans, Alfred Blue had 12 carries for 72 yards this season, averaging 6.0 yards per carry with his best rush being 17 yards, while DeAndre Hopkins has just one rush for -7 yards on the season.
This is a game that should help the Texans improve on their Red Zone touchdown numbers and also help keep their rushing stats at a high level as the Giants are ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game at 137.5.