1. Carlos Hyde will rush for 100 yards for first time since ’17 season
Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde has had some good and not some good games since joining the team this season. One thing that stands out which needs changed on Sunday is the fact Hyde has not rushed for 100 yards in a game in 2019.
Looking back at his career, the last time Hyde had 100-plus yards in a game was Week 2 of the 2017 season when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns. That game Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries, including one run of 61 yards against the Seattle Seahawks.
This season, the Texans haven’t established a tough rushing game on a consistent basis, plus Hyde is sharing snaps with fellow running back Duke Johnson. Hyde in ’19 has 52 carries for 250 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry with one touchdown. His first two games of the season saw him total 10 carries for 83 yards against the New Orleans Saints, followed with a 20-carry game for 90 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In the past two games, Hyde had a 10-carry game against the Los Angeles Chargers for 19 yards and one touchdown, followed with 12 carries for 58 yards vs. the Carolina Panthers. The play calling has obviously changed for the Texans in the past two games, and that could be for a variety of reasons, but Hyde really needs the ball to help of the rest of the offense.
Whatever those reasons may be, the Texans’ offense has suffered, and so has Hyde’s production. The Texans should be able to see something isn’t right with their offensive play calling as of late. To make things right, the first change needs to be to get Hyde the ball more than the 10-12 times per game he’s rushed the ball the past two weeks. From there the offense can build with their passing game, but the rushing game needs to be showcased more.
Whether the Texans can achieve that remains a mystery, but Week 5 will go a long way in knowing if the Texans offense can be one of the best in the league or continue to stay average.