As we get set for Thursday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans, here are five things Patriots fans should know about Houston.
5. Rushing defense is suspect
Patriots fans should know that t
he Texans are allowing an average of 4.9 yards per carry to opposing running backs, the fourth-highest amount in the league.
In Week 1, Jeremy Langford was held in check to just 57 yards, but on Sunday, Chiefs running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware combined for 118 yards on just 16 carries.
Yes, it is too early to say the Texans have a big problem stopping the run, but keep in mind that the Patriots will be pounding the ball all night with LeGarrette Blount to mask the shaky quarterback situation and to slow the lethal Houston pass rush. Blount currently is fourth in the NFL with 193 rushing yards.
It is good for the typical Patriots fan to be aware that the Texans can be exploited by running the ball, or at least that is one possible way to strategize against the current leaders of the AFC South.
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