The Houston Texans have gained their fourth straight win and in Week 7 they did so with a strong rushing effort from Lamar Miller and even stronger defensive effort.
So much happened for the Houston Texans on Sunday in Week 7 as they not only defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-7, but they did so with a strong defensive effort and maybe even more exciting was the fact that running back Lamar Miller rushed for 100 yards for the first time since the 2016 season.
Miller had a strong effort against a Jaguars defense that isn’t what is was a season ago, finishing with 22 carries for 100 yards rushing and one touchdown, which was also his first touchdown of the season.
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Also for the Texans offense quarterback Deshaun Watson was 12-of-24 for 139 yards with one touchdown pass. Watson also rushed for 13 yards on seven carries. The leading receiver for the Texans was Will Fuller with six receptions for 68 yards. DeAndre Hopkins had three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Then there was the defense of the Texans which played outstanding. The Texans had a shutout in the first half and the lone Jacksonville touchdown came when that drive began on the Texans’ 47-yard line.
Houston’s defense played strong including Jadeveon Clowney with seven tackles, two sacks, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery. Also with a good day was defensive back Tyrann Mathieu with one interception, one pass defensed, four tackles, one tackle for a loss and his first sack of the season.
Whitney Mercilus made his presence felt as well with four tackles, two forced fumbles, one sack and a tackle for a loss with this being his best game of the season.
This was a great day for the Texans in the grand scheme of things. The work will continue to improve, but on a short week as they will play again on Thursday Night Football, the Texans had their biggest win of the season — winning by 13 points — and did so with a mix of a strong rushing game and a strong defensive effort.
Houston is now in first place in the AFC South all by themselves at 4-3 overall after starting the season at 0-3.
Some of the wins haven’t been pretty, but playing in all the close games to start the season have seemed to make this team stronger, and if improvement continues who knows what the Texans will be capable of in the ensuing weeks.