When you have a quarterback pass for 527 yards, two receivers put up over 200+, and a relief quarterback throwing for four touchdowns and a nice 354 it is easy to overlook the running game.
Entering this game the Texans and Jaguars both leaned toward the running game on offense. Everything changed on Sunday.
Arian Foster had all of 77 yards on 28 carries (2.75 average), Rashad Jennings had zero yards on his three attempts, Jalen Parmele had a better-than expected game with 80 yards on 24 carries (3.3 average) and Justin Forsett looked much better than everyone else with 59 yards on seven carries (8.4 average and a 30 yarder). The Texans actually tied their 136 rushing per game average. It was all overshadowed by the passing attack.
Neither team scored on the ground and the combined 216 rushing yards wasn’t even enough to equal Justin Blackmon’s 236 on the day.
Balance can only go so far in the NFL. This game proved it. The rushing game was completely overlooked on Sunday after it proved to be the difference maker the week before for the Texans. Rather than the tight-defense, ball control, rushing, traditional attack on which both teams are based, the Texans and Jaguars turned to the shootout. It’s a trend that is becoming all too familiar. Rather than seek balance, just seek to outscore.
Today the more traditional AFC South proved that they could do it.
- Luke N. Sims
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