In Part One of this week's exclusive game preview, Charlie Bernstein of BattleRedNation.com answers…
Texans Can't Run To Win
This season, Slaton has 437 yards and a 3.3-yard average, and has scored seven touchdowns, including three rushing.
During Slaton's rookie season, not a single regular on the offensive line missed a start because of an injury. This season, he lost starting guards Chester Pitts and Mike Brisiel early.
Before the injuries, though, the Texans still didn't run effectively. The problem began in preseason and has persisted ever since.
Slaton lost two fumbles as a rookie. He lost five in his first eight games this season.
With four games left, the Texans average 3.4 yards a carry. Slaton can't play because he's experiencing numbness in his shoulder and thumb. He's seeing a specialist about the problem.
Chris Brown and Ryan Moats aren't any more effective than Slaton. The Texans average 88.7 rushing yards a game, tying them for 29th.
Only once in his four seasons as head coach has the running game not been a source of irritation for Gary Kubiak. If he returns for a fifth season -- or even if he doesn't -- running back should be a huge priority in the off-season.
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