RB Cecil Sapp - Houston Texans

5-11, 229Born: 12-12-1978College: Colorado StateDrafted: ---

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Week 14: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Texans rushing offense has been a top tier group for most of this season, ranking seventh in the league with 129.8 rushing yards per game. Last week, however, was one of their worst showings of the season as Carlos Hyde was held to just 17 yards from 10 attempts while Duke Johnson gained 36 rushing yards from nine attempts. The workload split between Hyde and Johnson was as close as it has been this year, but that mainly came from a pass-heavy game script with the Texans trying to keep up with New England. Hyde has dominated this backfield all year, averaging 4.6 yards per rush attempt and a steady 71.1 rushing yards per game. While last week was his worst game of the season, Hyde will continue to give this Texans backfield the best chance at success as he has shown the ability to shoulder the majority of this workload with relative ease and a high ceiling. Johnson has yet to see double-digit carries or more than 60 rushing yards this season, so his upside will remain limited barring a Hyde injury. Deshaun Watson has been quiet on the ground in recent weeks with fewer than 15 rushing yards in three straight games after exceeding 30 rushing yards in five straight outings from Week 5 to Week 9. Denver's defense has been pretty strong against the run for most of this season, allowing an opposing running back to exceed 85 yards just three times. However, two of those games came within the past two weeks as Devin Singletary ran for 106 while Melvin Gordon put up 99 rushing yards last week. Injuries have played a part in their recent lapses against the run, with interior lineman Shelby Harris getting banged up in Week 12 and Von Miller actually missing last week's game with a knee injury. Harris is back on the field, but Miller's status will be worth watching in case he also has to miss this week. If this group can field its entire starting front seven, they should match up well against most rushing offenses in football as they are stacked with talent--notably, linebacker A.J. Johnson who has been playing very well and had another couple of tackles for losses on running plays last week. Looking at quarterbacks, this defense did give up 56 rushing yards to Josh Allen two weeks ago and 34 rushing yards to Jacoby Brissett in Week 8. However, they have played pretty well against other mobile quarterbacks such as Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers earlier in the season, and no quarterback has scored a touchdown on this defense to date.

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Schedule

14vs Denver Broncos
15@ Tennessee Titans
16@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17vs Tennessee Titans