Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller become the first player in NFL history to rush for a 97-yard touchdown twice in his career.
The Houston Texans have won eight straight games, and a big part of their eighth consecutive win was due to a 97-yard touchdown run by running back Lamar Miller on Monday Night Football.
With the Texans leading by four points in the second quarter at the 9:36 mark, Miller raced 97 yards to the end zone to help the Texans increase their lead. What was even more impressive is he fended off a couple tackle attempts, broke through the hole and outran the rest of the Tennessee Titans defense for the score.
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Another impressive feat is he had close to the same run four years ago as a member of the Miami Dolphins, the first time he rushed for a 97-yard touchdown. Miller is one of just three players to have two touchdowns of at least 93 yards in their careers, with the others being current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and wide receiver Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Bears from the late 1930s.
Miller finished the game with 162 yards rushing on 12 carries with the touchdown. He also caught one pass for five yards in the Texans’ 34-17 win over the Titans. For the season, Miller has 157 carries for 773 yards and three touchdowns as this was his second game of the season with 100-plus yards rushing. Miller also has 17 receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown this season.
Miller is going to be a big part of the Texans offense in this final stretch of the regular season. He’s going to have to be a more consistent running back for the Texans to help them keep their two-game AFC South lead in the standings over the Indianapolis Colts.
For the Texans offense to exceed the current success, Miller must not only keep his 4.9 yards per carry average at that type of pace, but maybe surprise teams with more big-time plays that swing or keep momentum in favor of the Texans.
No matter what happens the rest of the season, Miller’s performance on Monday Night Football and his performance with the two career 97-yard touchdowns is very impressive.
No other player in the history of the NFL can say they’ve achieved that feat, and Miller can hang his hat on that until someone else joins that very exclusive club.