WHEN THEY RUN

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WHEN THE TI­TANS RUN

In their vic­tory over the Tex­ans at Nis­san Sta­dium last sea­son, the Ti­tans ran for 198 yards, in­clud­ing a 75-yard touch­down by Der­rick Henry. He had a long run in the opener at Mi­ami called back. Henry (6-3, 247) and Dion Lewis (5-8, 195) are a dis­tinc­tive duo. Henry likes to pound be­tween the tack­les but has the speed to get out­side. Lewis, who’s also an ex­cel­lent re­ceiver, has speed to get out­side but will run be­tween the tack­les, too. They like to play two tight ends to give them two strong sides for the runMar­i­ota ning game. Quar­ter­back Mar­cus is a splen­did run­ner, so the Tex­ans have to con­tend with three threats. If Blaine Gab­bert plays, he’s more of a pocket passer. The Tex­ans are usu­ally good against the run, but they sur­ren­dered 122 yards rush­ing at New Eng­land. The de­fen­sive backs, es­pe­cially safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Ka­reem Jack­son, aren’t bash­ful about mak­ing phys­i­cal tack­les. They have to be care­ful on play-ac­tion fakes.

WHEN THE TEX­ANS RUN

The 167 yards of­fense rush­ing ac­cu­mu­lated at New Eng­land. La­mar Miller, Al­fred Blue and De­shaun Wat­son ran for at least 36 yards each, led by Miller’s 98, in­clud­ing a 31-yarder. Over­all, they av­er­aged 4.9 yards a carry. Bill O’Brien, who calls the plays, likes to es­tab­lish the run early. He’d like for them to have more than 30 car­ries and try to con­trol the clock. The Ti­tans have to beware of Wat­son’s run­ning abil­ity. He ran eight times for 40 yards against the Pa­tri­ots. If he sees a seam, he’ll take off. If he has to turn the cor­ner, he’ll do that, too. The line­men did a good job of run block­ing for Miller and Blue, who hit the holes fast and showed some burst. The Ti­tans gave up 120 yards rush­ing against the Dolphins. Ex­pect the Tex­ans to try to pound the ball be­tween the tack­les and try to con­trol the line of scrim­mage.

La­mar Miller

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