Houston Texans: 3 Surprises at bye week
1. Carlos Hyde’s addition has been huge
Carlos Hyde is averaging nearly five yards per game this season, but more so he’s really been an excellent addition to the Houston Texans after the injury to Lamar Miller this past preseason.
In nine games for the Texans in 2019, Hyde has 149 carries for 704 yards with three touchdowns and a rush of 58 yards as his best of the season going into the bye week.
Being the starter for all but one game this season, Hyde is coming off his best game for the season this past Sunday when he rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries in the 26-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hyde also averaged 8.4 yards per carry in that game, and it was the second time this season he’s averaged over 8.0 yards per carry. The other instance was Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints where he rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries (8.3 yards per carry).
Though Hyde has only three touchdowns in nine games played and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 6, Hyde has been getting the touch carries and yardage, and other than two games where his numbers were very poor, Hyde has rushed for no less than 58 yards in every other game played this season.
It has been important for Hyde to have good, hard-nosed rushing performances this season. When he can make the defense start to focus on him due to his success, that helps open up the passing game, and there should be more of that to come in ’19.