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Postgame notes: Texans 43, Ravens 13

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 21, 2012 – 4:29 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 43-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium in Week 7:

THE WIN
•         Improved Houston’s record to 6-1 on the season, the best mark through seven games in team history.

•         Improved Houston’s record to 3-1 at Reliant Stadium this season and 41-41 at home all-time.

•         Was Houston’s first victory over Baltimore, improving the team’s all-time record against the Ravens to 1-6.

•         Improved Houston’s record in Battle Red jerseys to

THE TEXANS OFFENSE
•         Set a franchise record by scoring 43 points in the game. The previous mark was 42 points against Jacksonville in the 2007 season finale (12/30/07).

•         Had the second-largest margin of victory in team history. Houston defeated Tennessee by 34 points (41-7) in Week 7 of 2011 (10/23/11).

•         Controlled the time of possession, holding the ball for 38:16. That is Houston’s second-highest time of possession this season, trailing the 43:17 the team posted in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16). Houston has won the time of possession battle in all seven games this season and improved to 44-19 under head coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

•         Outrushed the Ravens 181-55. The Texans are 5-0 this season and 42-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

•         Rushed for 181 yards on 37 attempts and improved to 38-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

•         Gained 27 first downs in the game, which is the second-most this season and tied for the third-most in team history. Houston picked up 28 first downs in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

•         Led after the first quarter for the fourth time this season, and led at halftime and after three quarters for the sixth time this season.

•         Scored the second-most points in the first half in team history with 29. The team record is 34 points in the first half vs. Indianapolis on 9/11/11.

•         Extended the franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a field goal to 17 when K Shayne Graham hit a 33-yard attempt in the second quarter.

•         Scored 10 points off of two takeaways. On the season, Houston has scored 54 points off of 13 takeaways.

•         Scored 20 points in the second quarter, which was the third-most in the period in team history and most since the team tied the club record with 24 points in the second quarter vs. Miami on 9/9.

•         Did not commit a turnover for the third time this season. Houston also went turnover-free in Week 1 vs. Miami (9/9) and in Week 4 vs. Tennessee (9/30).

THE TEXANS DEFENSE
•         Recorded a safety for the first time since 12/6/09 at Jacksonville, when OLB Connor Barwin sacked Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter. It was the sixth safety in team history.

•         Scored a defensive touchdown for the third time this season, which for the second-most in team history. Houston also scored three defensive touchdowns in 2002 and 2009, and had five scores on defense in 2004.

•         Held Baltimore to 13 points. It marks the fourth time this season and 13th time in 23 games under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips that the Texans held their opponent to 14 or fewer points.

•         Limited Baltimore’s offense to 176 net yards of offense. It was the second game this season and the fifth under Phillips in which the Texans defense held an opponent to fewer than 200 yards, which is the most in the NFL over that time period.

•         Forced two turnovers in the game to raise the season total to 13 takeaways. The Texans offense did not turn the ball over, giving Houston a plus-two advantage. Houston has had a positive turnover margin in five games this season and is 5-0 in those instances, and improved to 32-7 under Kubiak when winning the turnover margin.

•         Forced six three-and-outs by the Baltimore offense, including one drive that ended in a safety on third down. The Texans have forced a League-best 26 three-and-out possessions through the first seven weeks of the season.

•         Recorded 11 passes defensed in the game, including five by defensive linemen or linebackers. It was the second game this season in which Houston’s defense registered double-digit passes defensed. The defense had 12 in Week 3 at Denver (9/23).

OLB CONNOR BARWIN
•         Registered his first sack of the season and his first career caused safety when he tackled Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter.

•         Finished the game with four solo tackles, one shy of his season best, three tackles for loss and four quarterback hits. He also had one pass defensed.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN
•         Fielded an onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter. While it doesn’t count as a kickoff return, it was Braman’s first career onside kick recovery.

FB JAMES CASEY
•         Recorded his first rushing attempt of the season and the second of his career on a 6-yard gain on third-and-1 in the first quarter.

TE OWEN DANIELS
•         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 75 with a 1-yard catch in the first quarter.

•         Caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season and the 24th of his career when he hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. Four touchdowns are the third-most in his career, behind a pair of five-touchdown seasons (2006 and 2009).

•         Set a season single-game high before halftime with seven catches, topping his previous high of six catches, which he did twice, at Jacksonville (9/16) and vs. Tennessee (9/30).

RB ARIAN FOSTER
•         Extended his team-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to nine with a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter. The touchdown was his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and his ninth touchdown overall this year.

•         Scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. It gave Foster his 10th career multi-touchdown performance and his second in as many weeks.

•         Took over the League lead in rushing yards with 659 through seven weeks. He leads Washington RB Alfred Morris (658) by one yard, while Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch and Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson both have 652 yards.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM
•         Made his 12th straight field goal attempt when he hit a 33-yarder in the second quarter. His streak is tied for the third-longest in team history. He hit his 13th consecutive attempt when he made a 29-yard kick late in the second quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON
•         Set a season high with his ninth catch of the game, a 7-yard gain in the third quarter. Johnson caught eight passes for 119 yards in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

•         Passed Hall of Fame TE Shannon Sharpe for (10,060 yards) on his sixth catch of the game, a gain of 13 yards in the second quarter. Johnson finished the game with 86 yards on nine receptions, giving him 10,100 career receiving yards, which ranks 36th in NFL history.

•         Started the 129th game of his career, which moves him past K Kris Brown into first place on the franchise’s all-time games played list.

•         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 89 with a 5-yard catch in the first quarter.

G BEN JONES
•         Became the first rookie to start for the Texans this season and made his first career start when he opened the game at right guard.

P DONNIE JONES
•         Booted a 62-yard punt in the first quarter, which was tied for the third-longest punt in team history. It was the fourth 62-yarder in team history, with the last coming on 9/20/09 by Matt Turk at Tennessee.
 
CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
•         Intercepted his second pass of the season and the 20th of his career when he picked off Baltimore QB Joe Flacco on the first play of the second quarter.

•         Returned the interception 52 yards for a touchdown, his first as a Texan and the fourth score of his career. The 52-yard return was the longest of his career.

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS
•         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for a loss of 2 yards in the first quarter. Mercilus also recorded his first career forced fumble on the play.

C CHRIS MYERS
•         Started his 71st consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past LB DeMeco Ryans for fourth on the franchise’s all-time consecutive starts list.

FS GLOVER QUIN
•         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked off a deflected pass in the second quarter. Quin had all three previous interceptions on 11/28/10 vs. Tennessee.

•         Led the team with six tackles, including five solos, and recorded a season-high three passes defensed.

QB MATT SCHAUB
•         Threw his ninth touchdown of the season when he hit WR Kevin Walter for a 25-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.

•         Threw his second touchdown pass of the game and his 10th of the year when he hit TE Owen Daniels from a yard out in the second quarter. It was Schaub’s third multi-touchdown game this season and his first since 9/30 vs. Tennessee.

•         Completed 12 consecutive passes in the first and second quarters. It was the fourth-longest streak in team history and the second-longest streak in his career, trailing one of 16 straight completions over two games in 2007 (9/23/07-9/30/07).

•         Completed 23-of-37 passes (62.2 percent) for 256 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 100.7. It was his fourth game of the season with a rating of better than 100.

•         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 38-33 overall and 23-12 at Reliant Stadium.

DE ANTONIO SMITH
•         Registered his third and fourth sacks of the season when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for losses of 8 and 9 yards on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter. The two sacks tied his career single-game high set vs. Tennessee on 1/1/12.

•         Celebrated his 31st birthday today.

WR KEVIN WALTER
•         Caught his 25th career touchdown, his second score of the season, on a 25-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter.

•         Tied his season high with his fourth catch of the game, a gain of 34 yards in the third quarter. Walter also had four catches on 10/8 at the New York Jets. The catch also gave him a single-game high in yardage with 74, topping his previous high of 73 yards at Denver (3 catches) on 9/23.

DE J.J. WATT
•         Recorded his ninth and 10th passes defensed of the season.

•         Caused an interception for the fourth time this season when CB Johnathan Joseph picked off a second-quarter pass he tipped and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown.

•         Became the first defensive lineman in NFL history with 10 passes defensed through seven games in a season.

•         Saw his streak of consecutive games with a sack come to an end at six. Watt finished the game with two solo tackles, one quarterback hit, and two passes defensed.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS
•         Total paid attendance was 71,708, which was the largest crowd in Texans history for a regular-season game. The previous record was 71,702 set last Sunday vs. Green Bay (10/14).

•         Inactive players for the Texans included G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, SS Quintin Demps, T Andrew Gardner, DE David Hunter, ILB Barrett Ruud and G Cody White.

•         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

•         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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