New England Patriots Week 3: 5 things to know about the Houston Texans

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3. Lamar Miller is almost exclusively taking handoffs

As evidenced by his 53 rushing attempts through two games, Miller is receiving the lion’s share of the backfield work in Houston right now. In fact, only DeAngelo Williams has taken more handoffs than Miller. At least Miller is making the most of that workload, having converted those 53 attempts into 189 yards, good for fifth in the league (but still behind Blount).

What is also interesting to note is the fact that the Texans have only given the ball off to a non-quarterback not named Miller a total of 10 times. Essentially, no one else on the Texans’ roster, except for the occasional Alfred Blue appearance, takes carries away from Miller.

From a Patriots’ perspective, stopping Miller is the first step toward stopping the Texans. Without Miller, the Texans’ offense will stall.

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