Texans Running Backs Punish Jaguars Defense
In the Week 2 match up between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars the Texan running backs controlled the game. Last week against the Miami Dolphins the Texan running game never got on track, this was not the case against the Jaguars. Both of the Texan backs had monster days leading the Texans to a 27-7 victory over the Jaguars .
Arian Foster carried the ball 28 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came in the first quarter on a 1 yard touchdown run. Ben Tate added 12 rushes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on an 8 yard run in the second and a 2 yard run in the third quarter. Not to be left out third string running back Justin Forsett add to the rushing total with 6 rushes for 35 yards in the game. Counting the two rushing attempts credited to quarterback Matt Schaub the Texans ran the ball 48 times for 216 yards.
The Texans did have some success through the air with Schaub completing 26 of 35 passes for 195 yards. However, the dominance of the Texan running backs also came through in the passing game. Foster added to his statistical totals by catching 6 passes for 37 while Tate contributed 4 catches for for 23 yards. This shows the supremacy of the running backs as 10 of Schaub’s completions and 60 of his yards went to the running backs in addition to their success carrying the football.
With the ability to keep the chains moving with ball on the ground the Texans were able to demolish the Jaguars in time of possession. The Houston Texans held the ball the ball for 43 minutes and 17 seconds while the Jaguars controlled the ball for 16 minutes and 43 seconds. This forced the Jaguars to play defense for about two-thirds of the game. The Texans have started the season off strong and have now gone on the road and beaten a division rival.
This article is by Joe Serenka, Rant Sports Houston Texans Blogger. You can see more of his articles at http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/author/joeserenka/ and you can follow him on twitter @Texansblogster