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Friday, November 11, 2011
Stopping big Blount a key for Texans

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

LeGarrette Blount is a load.

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If Tampa Bay is to knock off the Texans Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs' bruiser of a running back will likely have to be a factor.

“He’s a big guy, I played against him once in college and he’s a big, physical kid,” Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing said. “He’s the biggest back we’ll face in a while, I know for sure all year. He’s downhill, he’s kind of old-school running back but he’s very athletic too, you see him leaping over people other every week.

“He’s been really impressive. We’re going to have to bring our A game against him.”

Blount missed a couple games with a knee injury, but is now looking for a bigger workload. He’s got a 4.4-yard per carry average.

During their three-game winning streak, the Texans have had the lead a lot, and opponents haven’t been able to find a run rhythm. Cleveland running backs got 18 carries, Jacksonville’s got 21 and Tennessee’s got 15.

If the Texans are able to keep Blount and the Bucs backs down in that range, it should mean good things.