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Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans

No one can deny that the Houston Texans offense has been a pass first attack for a few years now. Understanding this it is not surprising to see Matt Schaub’s passing attempts around the mid thirties every week.

Last Sunday, Texans went pass happy against the Jaguars, and in my opinion, they lost the football game because of it. This team would have been better served running a balanced attack with Steve Slaton on the ground as they would control the football and the clock.

The biggest problem the Texans have right now is that their defense is very susceptible giving up the big play to their opponent. This defense needs all the rest they can get because when on the field too long (like any defense) they are even more prone to giving up points.

If the Texans have any hope of making it to the playoffs in 2009, they will have to change their ways and fast.

A Reason to Believe

Unfortunately, for Slaton fantasy football owners, I believe head coach Gary Kubiak lost faith in his talented runner after the Titans’ game. In the first two games to the year Slaton had three fumbles and his coach was very critical of him in the press, leading up to their week three contest.

Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans

When Slaton was given an opportunity to produce, he had 76 yards rushing on only 12 carries. That is a sparkling 6.3 yards per carry average. What is just as important for Slaton is that he did not turn the football over in the game.

My main problem with the Texans’ coaching staff last week is that they didn’t continue to feed Slaton for at least 18 carries in the game.

Maurice Jones-Drew was carving the Texans’ defense up for dinner, and they really needed to keep the ball away from him and in their possession.

Things Need to Change

This week the Raiders come to town and the one thing they can do is run the football

Denver Broncos v Oakland Raiders

with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.

Not only that but the Raiders are not bad against the pass, as they are 14th best defense in that area. They also do a fair job of keeping opponents out of the end zone with a 15th overall in that category.

One area this team is not statistically strong in is against the run, as they are 23rd overall.
If the Texans are smart they should ride Slaton and the running game, wearing down the Raiders’ defense.

Fantasy Football Ranking for Steve Slaton

It’s hard to say right now if Slaton will be able to produce the fantasy numbers he did last season. So far, he has been a major disappointment in any fantasy football league.

In his defense, he has played two top ten defenses against the run in the Titans and Jets. The other team he faced, as mentioned before, he had a nice 6.3 yard per carry average.

I believe he will have around 1,600 total yards from scrimmage as he has a good schedule to run against for the rest of the year. He’s also a very capable receiver with nine receptions for almost 100 yards receiving this year.

For Slaton to truly be worth the high fantasy football pick he was drafted to be, he will need to find the end zone.

Texans vs. Chiefs

Chris Brown is entrenched as the goal line back, but he did fumble the ball at the one yard line last week. That fumble cost the Texans the game and Kubiak may turn to Slaton if Brown should falter again.

Hopefully, that will be the case as I hate vulcher backs like Brown and how they take away another players hard earned touchdown.

Or, maybe I just hate Brown because I have Slaton on a couple of my fantasy teams.

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