Blue compiled 39 rushing yards on 15 carries during a 19-17 win against the Broncos on Sunday. The fifth-year man has been ice-cold of late, with seven consecutive performances of fewer than 3.7 yards per rush, and a 2.7 YPC average overall during that span. With D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) on the shelf, Blue has garnered 13-plus carries over four of the past six weeks, but he's failed to take grasp of the opportunity, never eclipsing 46 rushing yards and failing to get into the end zone across his past eight games. Houston's next matchup on Nov. 18 doesn't provide great reason for optimism, taking on a Redskins defense that ranked top-three against the run before Tevin Coleman exploded for 88 rushing yards (156 total yards and two touchdowns) in Week 10.
Blue rushed 15 times for 42 yards in the Texans' 42-23 win over the Dolphins on Thursday. Blue logged eight of his 15 carries on Houston's final possession, helping move the ball from the Texans' 29-yard line to Dolphins' 42 while knocking 4:36 off the clock. The fifth-year veteran wouldn't normally see as high a workload he logged Thursday, but the sizable second-half lead helped ensure it. Blue figures to revert back to his usual volume versus the Broncos in a Week 9 tilt.
Blue rushed for 28 yards on eight carries in Sunday's 20-7 win over Jacksonville. The Texans' much-maligned offensive line had its best game of the season Week 7, paving the way for a season-high 141 rushing yards while limiting the Jaguars' highly rated pass defense to one sack and five quarterback hits. While most of those rushing yards were gained by starter Lamar Miller, Blue could get more use Week 8, when the Texans have a quick turnaround Thursday against Miami. Miller's 22 carries Week 7 were a season high, and he may not be ready to handle a similar workload four days later. Additionally, the Dolphins are allowing 136.7 rushing yards per game after they were gashed for 248 yards by the Lions in Week 7. Thursday's game should be an ideal affair to feature Houston's ground game.
Blue had seven carries for 26 yards and caught two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Bills. Blue was back in a secondary role behind Lamar Miller, who was ready to handle the burden of being Houston's lead back after suiting up but not playing last week due to a chest injury. Blue's greatest contribution to Sunday's winning effort was a fumble recovery deep in Texans' territory, allowing Houston to hold possession and march down the field for a game-tying field goal. His nine touches were about at his season average when Miller is healthy, so it's back to normal. What hasn't been normal for Blue is his use as a receiver. His 15 targets and 11 receptions in 2018 are just shy of his previous career highs (15 catches, 18 targets).
Blue rushed for 46 yards on 20 carries during Sunday's 19-16 overtime victory over the Cowboys. He also secured all eight of his targets for 73 yards. Starting in place of Lamar Miller (chest), Blue was the only true running back on the roster to receive a carry, and he ultimately served as one of Deshaun Watson's most useful dump-off options in the passing game. While his efficiency on the ground (2.3 YPC) was dreadful, it's important to keep in mind that Dallas entered the game having allowed just 3.6 YPC, which was the fifth-lowest figure around the league. It isn't clear if Blue will maintain his grip on the starting role in Week 6 against the Bills -- as Miller was actually healthy enough to be active for Sunday's game -- but neither running back is a great bet to have a big day against a Buffalo defense that's allowed only 3.9 YPC.
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