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Texans player of the game: Lamar Miller's 100-yard rushing day leads the way

Lamar Miller carried the load on Sunday. Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

The Texans are in first place in large part thanks to Lamar Miller's best game of the season. Houston beat Jacksonville on the road to take over sole possession of first place. 

Miller got going early as the Texans focused on the rushing attack. An early huge contribution from the Texans back was when he took a draw 16 yards to get the Texans into field goal range. Later, he was the focal point that he helped finish off for a score. 

He touched the ball four times on a second-quarter drive with his fifth touch being his first rushing score of the season. In the first half, Miller totaled up 75 yards on the ground. 

It also marked a breakthrough of a statistical plateau for Miller. The last time he rushed for 100 yards was 2016 against the Colts, a 22 game drought ended in Jacksonville. 

With the balance and reliance on the run, the Texans did a great job taking care of Deshaun Watson and keeping him fairly clean. It was the best game for Miller but also for the offensive line's run blocking as well. If they could solidify some of the pass-blocking the offense could be a dangerous draw for defenses. 

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