Texans: Dayne Able To Tote The Rock

The Houston Texans had little to cheer about after their loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday. Losing by 33, the Texans did some things well that weren't reflected on the scoreboard. One of the positives to come out of the game was Ron Dayne's ability to rush against the third best rush defense in the league. Dayne managed a 5.2 ypc average. Not bad on a day everything else went wrong.

Texans - Patriots Post Game Notes:

Dayne Runs Well

Texans RB Ron Dayne started the game against the Patriots and put together a strong outing for the third-consecutive week. Dayne had 18 carries for 94 rushing yards -- an average of 5.2 yards -- and one touchdown.

Dayne has rushed for 276 yards in the last three games. It is the best three-game stretch of his career. Dayne ran for 265 yards in a three-game span during his rookie season.

"It'd be nice to keep ourselves in the game to where we could keep giving him the ball all game," guard Chester Pitts said. "If we execute, the score wouldn't be so lopsided and we could continue to run the ball."

Kubiak was not pleased with Dayne's inability to get the first down in the opening series of the game. Dayne had three rushes for nine yards.

"He's been doing some good stuff," Kubiak said. "He's a load to bring down. He's got a couple of runs I think he could run better. I think we should be on the field on that first drive, and I told him that. But I think he's done some good things."

Babin The Sack Master

Defensive end Jason Babin took over the team lead in sacks when he brought down Tom Brady for a four-yard loss in the second quarter.

Babin now has five sacks for the season and 13 for his career.

"It's not real exciting to have the team lead with five," Babin said. "It's not something I'm bragging about."


--WR Jerome Mathis (strained groin) may go on IR this week. Coach Gary Kubiak will evaluate Mathis today to see if he will be able to play in either of the final regular-season games.

--FS C.C. Brown (turf toe) will likely be able to play this week. He will be limited early in the week, but after sitting out last week should be ready to go.

--RB Chris Taylor may get his first opportunity to run the ball this week. Kubiak insists he wants to see Taylor in a regular-season game.

--RB Ron Dayne is expected to start for another week. The Texans are impressed what he has done the past three weeks.

--LB Morlon Greenwood had another solid game with nine tackles.

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