Houston Texans: 5 Bold predictions for AFC Wild Card game vs. Colts
2. The Houston rushing game will help the defense
Here is the deal for the Houston Texans, even if the previous prediction of DeAndre Hopkins occurs and he does gain 200 yards receiving, don’t blink on the rushing game of the Texans either. Here is the deal, the Texans need to keep their offense on the field, eat up clock and keep Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and the rest of the offense on the sideline. If the Colts’ offense is on the sideline, they can’t score points, plain and simple.
Houston’s rushing game has the abilities to do just that as Lamar Miller rushed for nearly 1,000 yards this season in suited up for 14 games in 2018, finishing with 973 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
Miller in his two games against the Colts saw him rush for 49 yards on 14 carries and 14 carries for 33 yards and one touchdown. Again, the running backs of the Texans (Miller and Alfred Blue), and quarterback Deshaun Watson who rushes the football a lot don’t need to set records or dominate the game.
If they can just help the offense gain a few extra first downs with their rushes and keep the clock moving, that could be a recipe for success to not only aid in the defensive effort for the Texans, but send them to a Wild Card Playoff win.