HOUSTON — The last time Lamar Miller had a chance for a very long touchdown run — Week 8 against the Dolphins — he made it 58 yards before being tackled just shy of the end zone. Though he maintained that his tackler”had an angle” on him, his teammates were on him, saying he just got caught.
This was not the situation Monday night, since the veteran running back ran down the right sideline for a 97-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Houston Texans‘ 34-17 victory contrary to the Tennessee Titans.
The Texans already have a big-play threat through the atmosphere in receiver DeAndre Hopkins
Miller’s 97-yard touchdown jaunt was the longest run in franchise history. It was the longest run from the NFL since Miller had a run using the Dolphins. He’s the only player in NFL history with two rushing touchdowns of 95-plus yards per NFL Research data, in his profession.
This is only the third time this season that Houston (8-3) has scored more than 23 points in a game. When the Texans are going to win down the stretch and make a deep playoff run, this is the type of game they’ve got to playwith: a constant running attack, a quarterback who does not turn the ball over and a stout front seven, led by defensive end J.J. Watt. The Texans’ defense had a season-high six sacks, and the device has recorded at least five sacks in back-to-back matches of the exact same season for the first time in franchise history.
Watson completed 19 of 24 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and possibly most significant, the ball didn’t turn over.
Houston has won a franchise-record eight straight. According to Elias research, the Texans are the first team in NFL history to win eight in a row after dropping their first three matches of the season.
With the victory, the Texans currently have a 96.4 percent chance of making the playoffs and a two-game lead within the Indianapolis Colts from the AFC South. And when they can replicate this functionality — one of the best they’ve had throughout this streak — they can make a deep playoff run.