HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- When the Texans (1-5) host the Packers (4-1) at NRG Stadium on Sunday, how they deal with Green Bay’s run game will take the spotlight.
The Packers have a top 10 efficient rushing attack, according to Football Outsiders. They also rank in the top 10 in yards per play (6.16, No. 6), rushing yards per game (139.4, No. 7), and rushing yards per play (4.98, No. 7).
“I think he’s committed to the running game, which is probably something they hadn’t done prior to him getting there,” Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver said Thursday. “Any time you’re able to run the ball, that’s the quarterback’s best friend. You can incorporate the play-action pass, the quick game, all the quarterback movement stuff. The ball’s getting out of his hands a little bit faster so he’s not taking the same hits that he’s taken in the past. If there’s one major change in going from (former head coach) Mike McCarthy to (current head coach) Matt LaFleur, it’s probably just the commitment to running the football.”
The Texans’ run defense ranks 28th in DVOA and just gave up more than 200 yards on the ground to Derrick Henry.
Packer running back Aaron Jones, and the Packers’ offense overall, had their worst game of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It was their first loss of the season, and Jones had just 15 yards on 10 carries against a Bucs defense that ranks third in rush defense DVOA.
Expect LaFluer, who started his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant for the Texans when Weaver was a defensive lineman here in 2008, to establish the run.
It will be up to the Texans to defeat blocks, be disciplined in their gap assignments, and tackle.