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Texans need consistent running game to help spark offense

From ESPN - November 15, 2017

HOUSTON -- In the first half of Sundays loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the Houston Texans got off to a good start on the ground with 78 yards on 17 carries.

The second half was a different story for the Texans ground game, and their offense in general. Houston ran for 11 yards on eight carries after halftime.

The Texans have the NFLs sixth-best rushing offense and have averaged 127.9 yards per game this season, but the majority of that came with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson under center. Watson contributed to the success with 269 yards on 36 carries in seven games, and his mobility also opened up the Texans passing game, giving them a balanced and effective attack that turned into one of the leagues best offenses.

If the Texans want to have more success on offense going forward, they need to run the ball like they did in the first half against the Rams. Of course, it is easier to establish the running game when not trailing by two possessions, which is where the Texans found themselves for a lot of the second half.

We have to finish drives, coach Bill OBrien said. I think we just have to be more consistent in running the football. I just think consistency is really the key theme.

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