Houston Texans: 3 Takeaways from Week 15 win over Titans
3. The Texans have a 1,000-yard rusher … finally
The Houston Texans finally achieved a feat that has escaped them in recent memory, and that is they have a 1,000-yard rusher in a season. That player is Carlos Hyde, who joined the team late this past summer.
Hyde joined the Texans after the third preseason game following a season-ending injury to Lamar Miller, leaving the Texans in need of an every-down running back. Once the Texans traded for Hyde — from the Kansas City Chiefs — for what is now a third-round pick, the Texans improved their overall rushing game following Miller’s injury.
On Sunday, the Texans used Hyde’s abilities to their advantage with 26 carries for 104 yards and one touchdown, with Hyde averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Hyde played very hard on Sunday, and even with having close to 30 carries, to average four yards in each of those carries speaks volumes to how good of a player he’s been for the Texans this season.
It was good to see the Texans use their ground game more to their advantage when needed on Sunday, and it worked out with Hyde now having 1,030 yards rushing this season on 224 carries with two games left on the regular-season schedule. The previous time the Texans had a running back go for 1,000 yards was in ’16, when Miller rushed for 1,073 yards in 268 carries.