WHEN THE TEX­ANS RUN

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In Tex­ans their last av­er­age five games, 34 car­ries the and 169 yards – boosted by the team-record 281 yards against Ten­nessee. That per­for­mance, high­lighted touch­down, by made Lamar the Miller’s Tex­ans fourth in rush­ing (136.5 yards). The Browns are 28th (131.8) against the run, in­clud­ing 25th in rush­ing yards per play (4.77). It’s no se­cret how coach Bill O’Brien will try to at­tack the Browns. Miller (773 yards), Al­fred Blue (392) and De­shaun Wat­son (345) will fig­ure into the run­ning game. O’Brien tries to set up the de­fense with the run be­fore al­low­ing Wat­son to use play-ac­tion to con­nect with his re­ceivers. The run block­ing has im­proved over the last five games. The line­men and tight ends first know this The of­fense Browns’ has a lead­ing phys­i­cal, tack out­side run men­tal­ity. lers are line­backer Jamie Collins Sr. and in­side line­backer Joe Schobert. The front seven will have to fill gaps and be dis­ci­plined in the cut-back lanes to keep Miller and Wat­son from bounc­ing out­side.

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