Houston Texans: Grading the team at the halfway point of the season
The Texans were dealt a blow during the preseason when then starting running back Lamar Miller suffered a torn ACL, which ended his season prematurely. In addition, they parted ways with then back-up running back D’Onta Foreman prior to the start of the season as well. Both players were replaced by Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson, who the Texans acquired in two separate trades.
The early returns have been promising, as the Texans rank sixth in rushing offense, as they have 1069 rushing yards on the year. Hyde leads the way for the Texans, as he has 704 rushing yards, which is seventh-best in the league. Deshaun Watson has added 279 rushing yards and five of the Texans’ nine rushing touchdowns on the year, which is not surprising as Watson is a dynamic runner. To that point, Watson is one of the best running quarterbacks in the entire league, and arguably in league history.
Johnson has 287 rushing yards on the year and 5.3 yards per carry, which is best on the team amongst players with over 45 carries. The Texans’ early rushing success is far from surprising, as they have a superior run-blocking offensive line that clears out holes with ease. Having a successful ground game could be pivotal down the stretch, as it will open up the passing game and make the play-action even more effective. In addition, it will allow the Texans to control the clock and keep the defense fresh and rested.
Overall Grade: A+