Lamar Miller had the best game of his Texas tenure Sunday night, accounting for 178 yards and two touchdowns (one rush, one receiving) to lead Houston to a 26-23 overtime win over the Colts.
Miller, who rushed eight times for just 20 yards in last week’s loss in Minnesota, ran 24 times for 149 yards (6.2 yards per carry) against Indy.
“Bill O’Brien said during the week – and he said just now in the postgame press conference – ‘Listen, don’t read into what Lamar Miller did against Minnesota. That was on me in terms of setting up the game plan and the play calls,’” Houston 610 host Mike Meltser said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “That sounds like and excuse but the way he ran tonight – he hasn’t had a game like that in a Texas uniform. They got him to the outside. One thing that Lamar Miller has always had dating back to his days at the University of Miami is speed, and they found ways to get him in open space where he could make decisions to run inside or outside. They’re going to need a good running game for them to win games this year, and he ran as well as he has in this uniform through six games.”
Houston (4-2) improved to 4-0 at home, with its only losses coming at New England (5-1) and at Minnesota (5-0). Perhaps Sunday’s win with quell reports that there is tension between O’Brien and the offense.
“I think it’s a non-story,” Meltser said. “This offense was dreadful against the Patriots. They were dreadful against Minnesota last week, and they were underwhelming in the three other wins before this one. If there are people who are happy with that, that’s not something I want. If anybody knows Bill O’Brien at all, it’s not exactly a shock if he gets into a shouting match with a player. So I don’t view it as a big deal. They’re not going to kill each other. They’re not happy because the offense hasn’t been playing well, and if that’s the case, I am completely fine with that.”
Indeed, Houston had been held under 20 points in half of its games this season and has scored more than 23 points just twice. But, to Brock Osweiler’s credit, he made plays when he had to, leading two late scoring drives Sunday to force overtime.
“It’s not like they have saved themselves and Brock Osweiler is all of a sudden a good quarterback,” Meltser said. “But if you are a team that’s trying to build and trying to develop a quarterback, you have to win games like this. When you get the ball when you’re down by seven with two minutes to go and you’ve played awful, you have to find a way to get your team in the end zone – and he was able to do it. So it’s not like they’re in unbelievable shape. They still have a lot of issues as a football team – health and offense in general. But at 4-2, I think it gives them a nice cushion going into next Monday Night in Denver where not a lot of people are going to pick them to win. They’re not going to tell you this, but I think mentally it becomes more of a house-money kind of game and you can kind of play it with less pressure on you.”