HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans offensive line led the way to the team’s best rushing performance of the year and helped will the team to a win.
“As an [offensive] lineman you want to put the game on your back and take everybody out of the equation,” said starting left tackle, Chris Clark. “If we can put it on us every game, and pound the ball or pass the ball in great protection, that’s what we’re going to do.”
The makeup changed to its third incarnation as Oday Aboushi, just a few days after being signed, was inserted to start at left guard for the team.
“It was fun,” he said. “I felt like I put in the preparation, the time. As well as the guys around me helped me.”
It would change again mid-game as guard Brandon Brooks went down. Derek Newton would shift from right tackle to right guard leaving rookie Kendall Laam to man Newton’s old spot.
Newton joked after the game he wasn’t sure about taking snaps at center but said “wherever coach needs me I’m willing to go.”
Three positions in three weeks for Newton. Duane Brown marveled at Newton’s ability to move so much saying switching his stances as well as keeping his head about him at each new position. Brown said “it’s incredible and not easy to do.”
Brown also noted he is optimistic about a possible return to the field next weekend.
The line started to impose their will later in the game, especially on a four-minute drive they helped put them up two scores.
Clark knew the Buccaneers defenders were feeling the Texans physicality.
“It’s like you smell blood in the water.”
Newton also said he could see it on the defender’s faces.
“Things started working for us things started plugging and we just kept at it,” said Aboushi.
The Falcons next up for the Texans and Clark hopes to carry the momentum into next weekend.
“It doesn’t matter who the opponent is as an [offensive] line we feel like we need to play like that every week.”
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