The Texans, who have gotten out to one of the best starts in the NFL this season at 6-1, are one of the most balanced teams in the NFL -- ranking sixth in rushing, fifth in rushing yards allowed and fifth in passing yards allowed.
Of the four major statistical categories, Houston ranks lowest in passing, a stark contrast to a league that has become increasingly defined by the ability to move the ball through the air.
In an interview with a Houston-area radio station, Texans coach Gary Kubiak talked about his team's commitment to the run game (courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews):
I think it's patience in a lot of ways. In the NFL you're probably down a good 20 snaps per game compared to the college game so if you start to panic and say ‘well I'm only going to get 60 snaps and I have to make the most out of these' instead of saying ‘okay how do I win this next game?' And I think you start putting the ball up quite a bit so you kind of have to have patience in what you're doing and have your formula for winning.
For the Texans, the proof is in the pudding. After only 7 games, their top three running backs -- Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Justin Forsett -- have already rushed for over 950 yards and 11 touchdowns.