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Texans’ running game conspicuous in its absence

Ron Dayne, Houston Texans RB

The Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers share something in common – both team’s running attacks are, for the time being, invisible.  But there’s also some differences – the Packers have unproven running backs carrying the ball.  The Texans, on the other hand, are simply bitten by the injury bug.  The starting RB, Ahman Green, is afflicted by a sore knee and is questionable against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.  The same can be said for RB Ron Dayne; he has banged-up ribs.  That leaves former Packer RB Samkon Gado as their main option.

Gado hadn’t rushed at all in the Texans’ first two games; when he finally did carry the ball against the Indianapolis Colts, his rust showed.  He rushed for only 12 yards on 6 carries.  to Gado’s credit, he refused to assign blame, telling Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, “It’s my job to get ready to play, and as a matter of fact, I felt like I was ready to play.  In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever prepared harder for a game than that one for as long as I’ve been playing football.  It was a little frustrating to make so many mistakes.  I’ve been in situations before where I came in without many reps and did fine, so that’s not an excuse.”

Despite losing to the Colts 30-24 last week, the Texans acquitted themselves well despite the lack of a rushing attack.  But at the same time, both the Texans’ coaches and players know that the rushing situation will need to be fixed and in a hurry.  Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is expecting Dayne to be ready on Sunday, with Kubiak saying about Dayne, “I think Ronnie is going to be fine and that would be a big positive.”  One advantage that the Texans may have going into the game this coming Sunday is the porous Falcons’ run defense.

The Falcons’ run defense, amplified by what their previous opponent, the Carolina Panthers did to them (175 rushing yards), will provide an interesting test for the Texans.  Ideally, a big effort by a somewhat healthy Dayne against the Falcons could for the time being revive the team’s running attack.  It definitely would make things easier for Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.  This is definitely a winnable game for the Texans, but that’s contingent on what the running backs do in Atlanta.

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2 Responses to “Texans’ running game conspicuous in its absence”

  1. Jesse says:

    The Great Dayne will go off, Sammy Gado said he’s been ready, well he shouldn’t of had that fumble. LETS GO DAYNE!

  2. TexasOutlaw says:

    I have to second guess the selection of Samkon Gado over Wali Lundi. Lundi seemed to hit the opening faster.

    Now if I second guess myownself I’d ask what Gado did against the Falcons in the past. Yep. 3 touchdowns and 103 yards.

    I am hoping that Green is good to go. Last I read is that Ron Dayne is. So this meandering comment concludes with this conclusion: Our running game will be sufficent. No more. No less.

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