Texans vs. Chiefs: 3 Bold Predictions for Divisional Round
3. Offense goes through rushing attack
Saying that the offensive game of the Houston Texans will go through the rushing attack isn’t out of the realm of possibility, because the Chiefs are 28th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed in the regular season at 98.1 yards per game, and when the Texans defeated the Chiefs in Week 6 this season, Carlos Hyde totaled 116 yards rushing on 26 carries with one touchdown.
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Hyde in the win averaged 4.5 yards per carry, while quarterback Deshaun Watson rushed 10 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns in that same game, as he averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Also in that game, running back Duke Johnson collected 34 yards on five carries, averaging 6.8 yards per carry.
In the regular-season win, the Texans out-rushed the Chiefs 192-53 overall, and that was one of the bigger factors in Houston winning that contest. That rushing game led to the Texans leading the time of possession by a large margin with the Texans at nearly 40 minutes (39:48) and the Chiefs at 20:12.
Keeping Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Chiefs on the sidelines will be huge for the Texans, and to be honest there is no reason they can’t do that same game plan again, and who knows? The rushing attack could lead to better passing numbers.
As for a prediction, Hyde will again rush for over 100 yards, but watch out for Watson as he’s poised to have a big-time performance with many eyes on him as well.