4. Not much from running backs against Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers had their troubles stopping the passing game of the Houston Texans in the second half, but they did do a solid job of keeping the Texans running game from any sort of big numbers.
There was the short-yardage touchdown run by Carlos Hyde, but other than those six points, the Texans were unable to get into any rhythm with their running game.
Houston was led in rushing on Sunday by Hyde with 10 carries for 19 yards and one touchdown, followed by Deshaun Watson with seven carries for 18 yards, and Duke Johnson came in with two yards on two carries.
The running backs did bring 22 yards receiving off two receptions from Johnson, and that was the standout numbers-wise for the Texans on Sunday. Houston did pass the ball 34 times with Watson throwing for 351 yards and three touchdowns, but it would be nice to see more from the rushing game on a more consistent basis from here on out with the Texans.
Take away Watson’s 18 yards rushing, and the two running backs of Hyde and Johnson combined for 21 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. It will be interesting to see if the running backs of the Texans get more than 14 total touches — 12 rushes, two receptions — next week against the Carolina Panthers because this team needs to use the run game to their advantage.