A fresh rotation of the Houston Texans running backs will win time of possession
With an offense as potent as Cleveland’s, it helps to keep them off the field as much as possible. With the previous point about Tyrod Taylor taking deep shots, one may be asking why this is the follow-up reason. The Houston Texans running game has the capacity to have whoever’s in the game produce decent yards.
Don’t forget after Mark Ingram that David Johnson, Philip Lindsay, Rex Burkhead, and preseason hero Scottie Phillips are capable of making plays. Having five running backs on the roster gives the Texans a chance to rotate them through and keep everyone from getting burned out too quickly.
By keeping the defense honest with a continuous rushing attack will only help slow down Myles Garret and Jadeveon Clowney. When defensive linemen have to guess where the offense is going on run plays, even the slightest delay can be the difference when Taylor goes back to pass the ball on a different play.
This creates a more tired defense, and a frustrated one too. If done successfully and a long drive is sustained, this will make Browns defenders crazy. In order for this to work, the Texans must stay in the game score-wise and not abandon the run too early. Otherwise, the opposite will happen and the Texans will be trailing by a big margin.