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  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Derek Newton and Ben Jones at the Verizon Northline Store, 4400F North Freeway, Houston, TX 77022.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
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9 Texans, 1 Pro Bowl: What they did in the game

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 28, 2013 – 4:37 pm

Matt SchaubThe 2013 Pro Bowl featured a team-record nine Texans players on Sunday. Here’s a look at what each Texans player did in the game:

QB Matt Schaub (2nd career Pro Bowl): 12-of-22 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions with a 46.2 rating. Sacked once. The 2009 Pro Bowl MVP, Schaub entered game for Peyton Manning at the 6:54 mark of the second quarter and was replaced by Andrew Luck at 3:52 in the third. Schaub’s touchdown pass was a four-yarder to Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs on third-and-goal in the third quarter. Schaub also had one carry for 11 yards, showing off some wheels as he picked up a first down.

RB Arian Foster (3rd Pro Bowl): Three carries, -2 yards. Foster started the game and didn’t see the field much, if at all, after the first quarter. The AFC trailed 31-14 at halftime and had just 15 rushing yards as a team, while the NFC had just 78 in a decidedly pass-happy game. Foster threw a few halfback passes during the week in practice, as he did during last year’s Pro Bowl practices, but didn’t get a chance to do so in Sunday’s game.

WR Andre Johnson (6th Pro Bowl): Three catches for 34 yards on five targets. Johnson started and played much of the first half. In the second half, he wore a red AFC hat as he stood on the sideline with folded arms and talked to former University of Miami teammate Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning, Schaub and others. He caught one pass from Schaub, a 16-yard gain on third-and-15 in the second quarter.

TE Owen Daniels (2nd career Pro Bowl): Four catches for 45 yards on seven targets. Daniels had a long gain of 17, which he caught from Luck in the fourth quarter. He caught two passes from Schaub, including a 13-yarder in the second quarter.

LT Duane Brown (1st Pro Bowl), LG Wade Smith (1st), C Chris Myers (2nd): Brown and Smith both started. Myers, in his second consecutive Pro Bowl, played as a reserve. Brown played mostly right tackle, with Cleveland’s Joe Thomas seeing a bulk of time at left tackle when Brown was on the field. Smith also played some right guard; he and Brown ironically never played beside each other in the entire game.

DE J.J. Watt (1st Pro Bowl): Five tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit. Watt started in his Pro Bowl debut and made plays in the backfield along with a couple of other highlights – and a stomach-churning moment. The presumptive NFL Defensive Player of the Year lined up at wide receiver on the AFC’s first drive and had a pass thrown his way by Manning in the end zone. The pass was incomplete, and it also left Watt with a bloody finger that he showed off to NBC cameras on the sideline. Watt continued to play in the game and afterward said he’s fine and just needed a few stitches.

CB Johnathan Joseph (2nd Pro Bowl): Four tackles, including three in the first half. Joseph, making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, started the game and was often on the field at the same time as Watt. He lined up against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson and even Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.


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HoustonTexans.com hits Honolulu

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 24, 2013 – 2:23 am

HONOLULU – Aloha from Hawaii, site of the 2013 Pro Bowl. I’ll be here all week to cover the nine Texans players who were selected to play in the game, which kicks off Sunday at 6 p.m. CT at Aloha Stadium here  on the island of Oahu.

The Texans’ nine Pro Bowlers are not only a team record but the most of any team in the league this year. Defensive end J.J. Watt, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson and left tackle Duane Brown all are representing the Texans as starters for the AFC. Quarterback Matt Schaub, center Chris Myers, left guard Wade Smith and tight end Owen Daniels made the squad as reserves.

The AFC and NFC teams practice separately each day. Practices started on Wednesday at Kapolei High School and will continue Thursday morning at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Check back with us tomorrow afternoon for updates from practice and afterward as we talk to Texans players and their NFL all-star peers. “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer is out here with me and will be contributing to our coverage for the week.

We’ll also check in at some point with Texans Cheerleader Vanessa, who already has been blogging her experiences for us on HoustonTexans.com.


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Off the Turf with Scurf: Chris Myers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 4, 2013 – 6:02 pm

Chris MyersEpisode 18 of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my semi-weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans center Chris Myers.

Myers, an eighth-year veteran, has started all 80 games since joining the Texans in a trade from the Denver Broncos in 2008. The two-time team captain was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl this season. In the podcast, he discusses the Texans are looking forward to the playoffs despite their 1-3 finish to the season; the perspective he gained from playing on a 13-3 Denver Broncos team that lost in the AFC Championship Game as a rookie in 2005; how the Texans dubbed this Monday “Swagga Back Monday”; the team’s renewed energy level and focus in practice this week; the playoff atmosphere at Reliant Stadium for the Wild Card game vs. Cincinnati last year; his teammates Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt; defensive tackle Geno Atkins and the rest of the Bengals’ defense; the recent criticism befalling Texans quarterback Matt Schaub; the Texans’ offensive line rotations at right guard and right tackle; being named to the Pro Bowl last week along with Texans left guard Wade Smith and left tackle Duane Brown; and his wife, Jenny, and their two daughters, Makenna, 3, and Caylin, 1..

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode 1 (6/2): J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode 2 (6/9): Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode 3 (6/18): Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode 4 (6/23): Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode 5 (6/30): Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode 6 (7/24): James Casey
Episode 7 (8/4): Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer
Episode 8 (8/10): Justin Forsett, Chick Harris
Episode 9 (8/17): Bradie James
Episode 10 (9/8): Andre Johnson
Episode 11 (9/15): T.J. Yates
Episode 12 (9/22): Derek Newton
Episode 13 (9/29): Antonio Smith (Video: Smith on start of career)
Episode 14 (10/20): Bryan Braman (Video: Braman on special teams)
Episode 15 (11/3): Owen Daniels (Video: Daniels on TD celebration)
Episode 16 (11/10): Danieal Manning
Episode 17 (12/10): Darryl Sharpton
Episode 18 (1/4/13): Chris Myers


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Postgame notes: Texans 29, Colts 17

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 16, 2012 – 6:33 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, notes from Week 15 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts 29-17:

THE WIN

·         Clinched Houston’s second consecutive AFC South division championship.

·         Gave Houston its 12th win on the year, extending the team’s franchise-record win total.

·         Improved Houston’s home record to 6-1 on the year. The six wins matches the most in a season in team history. Houston went 6-2 at home in 2007 and 2008.

·         Was Houston’s fifth against AFC South opponents this season, which is the most in team history. Houston went 4-2 against the AFC South in 2004 and 2011.

·         Was Houston’s third consecutive win over Indianapolis at Reliant Stadium and improved the Texans’ record against the Colts to 4-17 all-time and 4-7 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Was Houston’s fourth consecutive home victory, which tied the franchise record. Houston previously won four consecutive home games from 11/18/07 – 12/30/07.

·         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s career record to 59-51 and 35-20 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Improved QB Matt Schaub’s career record with the Texans to 44-34 overall and 26-12 at Reliant Stadium.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Had a 150-yard rusher and a 150-yard receiver in the same game for the first time in franchise history. RB Arian Foster finished with 165 yards on the ground and WR Andre Johnson had 151 receiving yards.

·         Won time of possession for the 12th time this season, holding the ball for 33:06. The Texans are 11-1 this season when winning time of possession.

·         Outrushed Indianapolis 178-124. Houston improved to 11-0 this season and 48-16 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

·         Ran the ball 32 times for 178 yards, improving Houston’s record to 43-5 under Kubiak when running the ball 30 or more times

·         Scored on their first possession for the sixth time this season, capping their opening drive with a 29-yard field goal from K Shayne Graham. The Texans improved to 6-0 this season when scoring on their opening possession.

·         Scored first for the eighth time this season. The Texans improved to 8-0 when opening the scoring.

·         Led after the first quarter for the eighth time this season and led at halftime and after three quarters for the tenth time in each situation. The Texans are 8-0 when leading after the opening period and 10-0 when leading at halftime and after three quarters.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Forced their 28th turnover of the season when DE J.J. Watt forced a fumble at the goal line and ILB Tim Dobbins recovered the ball.

·         Sacked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck five times in the game. It was the 13th time in team history and second game this year in which the Texans defense registered five or more sacks. The Texans recorded a season-high six sacks in Week 13 at Tennessee (12/2).

·         Held Indianapolis to 17 points. It was the ninth game this season in which Houston’s defense held an opponent below 20 points.

·         Limited the Indianapolis offense to 272 total yards. It was the sixth game this season in which Houston has held its opponent below 300 net yards of offense.

·         Held Indianapolis to 1-of-8 (13 percent) on third-down attempts. It was the ninth game this season in which the Texans limited their opponent to a third-down conversion rate of less than 30 percent.

ILB BRYAN BRAMAN

·         Blocked his second punt of the season, setting a team-single season record, and recovered it for the first touchdown of his career in the second quarter.

BLOCKED PUNTS FOR TD, TEXANS HISTORY

Player                    Opponent                                      Date

Bryan Braman         vs. Indianapolis                     12/16/2012

Bryan Braman         vs. Green Bay                       10/14/2012

Ramon Walker         at San Francisco                       1/1/2006

Antwan Peek           at Denver                                11/7/2004

Ramon Walker         vs. New England                   11/23/2003

Jimmy McClain        at Washington                       12/22/2002

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 81 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Recovered a fumble for the fourth time this season, setting a team single-season record, when he fell on the ball near the Houston goal line in the second quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Topped 100 rushing yards for the seventh time this season and the 23rd time in his career. He topped the century mark on a gain of 26 yards in the fourth quarter.

·         Finished with a season-high 165 yards on 27 carries. The yardage total was the third-highest of his career and was the third time in three starts against Indianapolis that Foster has surpassed 150 rushing yards.

ARIAN FOSTER vs. INDIANAPOLIS

Date                  Att.        Yds.        Avg.          Lg.           TD

9/12/2010            33          231           7.0            42             3

12/16/2012           27          165           6.1            31             0

12/22/2011           23          158           6.9            30             1

11/1/2010            15          102           6.8            33             1

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Tied a franchise single-game record with five made field goals. His six field goal attempts were the second-most in Texans history. Kris Brown attempted seven field goals (five made) at Miami on 9/7/03.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Became the third-fastest player in NFL history to surpass 11,000 career receiving yards, doing so in his 136th career game. He topped the milestone on a 16-yard catch on the last play of the third quarter.

FASTEST PLAYERS TO 11,000 RECEIVING YARDS

Player                    Career       Gms to 11,000    Career Yds

Jerry Rice               1984-04                      131           22,895

Torry Holt                1999-09                      131           13,382

Andre Johnson      2003-12                      136           11,016

Michael Irvin            1988-99                      137           11,904

Randy Moss*          1998-12                      141           15,184

* Moss plays later tonight

·         Joined New England WR Wes Welker as the only players in NFL history to have 16 career games with 10 or more catches and 100 or more yards.

MOST GAMES, 10+ CATCHES, 100+ YARDS

Player                    GP                10-100 Gms     Pct. Of GP

Andre Johnson      136                              16          11.76%

Wes Welker*           137                              16          11.68%

Jerry Rice               303                              15            4.95%

Marvin Harrison       190                              14            7.37%

Brandon Marshall    105                              14          13.33%

* Welker plays later tonight

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 96 with a 9-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season when he hauled in a 3-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter.

·         Caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. The yardage total was tied for the second-most in the opening quarter in a game in his career. He previously had 74 yards on three catches earlier this year vs. Jacksonville (11/18). His career high for first-quarter yardage is 77 yards vs. Seattle on 12/13/09.

·         Passed WR Joey Galloway (10,950) for 28th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. He entered the game needing 86 yards to pass Galloway and did so on his fifth catch of the game, a 5-yard gain in the second quarter.

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the 43rd time in his career and the fifth time this season, doing so on a 22-yard catch in the second quarter, his sixth catch of the game.

·         Topped the century mark before halftime for the eighth time in his career and the second time this season, finishing the half with seven receptions for 107 yards. He previously had seven catches for 132 yards in the first half in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/18).

C CHRIS MYERS

·         Started his 78th consecutive game for the Texans, moving him past DE/OLB Mario Williams for third on the franchise’s all-time consecutive starts list.

WR DeVIER POSEY

·         Finished with career highs in receptions and yards, catching three passes for 46 yards. He entered the game with one career reception for 19 yards, which came last week at New England (12/10).

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Knocked down a pass on Indianapolis’ first drive to force a punt. The pass defensed was his 14th of the season, matching a career high. He also had 14 passes defensed in 2010.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Threw his 120th career touchdown pass and his 22nd of the season when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 3-yard score in the first quarter.

·         Finished with a passer rating of 109.7 after completing 23-of-31 passes for 261 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Schaub has had a passer rating of better than 100 in six of his seven home starts this season.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

·         Sacked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave Smith 6.0 on the season, leaving him a half-sack shy of his career high of 6.5 set in 2011.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Now has 19.5 sacks and 15 passes defensed on the season. His 34.5 combined sacks and passes defensed are the most by a player in since 1991 when passes defensed became an official statistic. Hall of Fame DB Rod Woodson had the previous high with 32.0 (30 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks) in 1993.

SINGLE-SEASON COMBINED SACKS AND PASSES DEFENSED (since 1991)

Player, Pos                  Team      Year   Sacks        PD       Total

J.J. Watt, DE                Hou        2012      19.5         15         34.5

Rod Woodson, CB*       Pit          1993        2.0         30         32.0

Darrelle Revis, CB#       NYJ        2009        0.0         31         31.0

* Named Defensive Player of the Year

# Runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year

·         Increased his sack total to 19.5 on the year, which is the sixth-most in NFL history by a defensive lineman and is tied for the ninth-most in League history overall.

MOST SACKS, SEASON, DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player                    Team      Year   Sacks

Michael Strahan       NYG       2001      22.5

Jared Allen              Min         2011      22.0

Mark Gastineau       NYJ        1984      22.0

Chris Doleman        Min         1989      21.0

Reggie White          Phi         1987      21.0

J.J. Watt                 Hou        2012      19.5

·         Tied his career high with his third sack of the game when he tackled Luck for a 4-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Watt previously had 3.0 sacks in Week 12 at Detroit (11/22). He has seven games this season with more than 1.0 sack.

·         Forced a fumble for the third consecutive game when he jarred the ball out of Indianapolis RB Mewelde Moore’s arms at the goal line in the second quarter.

·         Led the team and tied a career high with 10 tackles, all solo stops, including six tackles for loss. He also had four quarterback hits and one forced fumble.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell, T Andrew Gardner, RB Jonathan Grimes, NT Terrell McClain, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

·         Total paid attendance was 71,702. That was tied for the second-highest regular season attendance in team history, matching the total from Week 6 earlier this year vs. Green Bay (10/14).


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Halftime notes: Texans 20, Colts 10

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 16, 2012 – 1:44 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, notes from halftime in Week 15 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans lead the Indianapolis Colts 20-10:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored on their first possession for the sixth time this season, capping their opening drive with a 29-yard field goal from K Shayne Graham. The Texans are 5-0 thus far this season when scoring on their opening possession.

·         Scored first for the eighth time this season. The Texans are 7-0 thus far when opening the scoring.

·         Led after the first quarter for the eighth time this season. The Texans are 7-0 this season when leading after the opening period.

·         Led at halftime for the tenth time this season. The Texans are 9-0 this season when leading at halftime.

·         Forced their 28th turnover of the season when DE J.J. Watt forced a fumble at the goal line and ILB Tim Dobbins recovered the ball.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN

·         Blocked his second punt of the season, setting a team-single season record, and recovered it for the first touchdown of his career in the second quarter.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 81 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Recovered a fumble for the fourth time this season, setting a team single-season record, when he fell on the ball near the Houston goal line in the second quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 96 with a 9-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season when he hauled in a 3-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter.

·         Caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. The yardage total was tied for the second-most in the opening quarter in a game in his career. He previously had 74 yards on three catches earlier this year vs. Jacksonville (11/18). His career high for first-quarter yardage is 77 yards vs. Seattle on 12/13/09.

·         Caught seven passes for 102 yards for his 43rd career 100-yard game and his fifth of the season.

C CHRIS MYERS

·         Started his 78th consecutive game for the Texans, moving him past DE/OLB Mario Williams for third on the franchise’s all-time consecutive starts list.

WR DEVIER POSEY

·         Caught a pass for the second week in a row when he hauled in a 36-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. Posey had a 19-yard catch in Week 14 at New England (12/10).

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Knocked down a pass on Indianapolis’ first drive to force a punt. The pass defensed was his 14th of the season, matching a career high. He also had 14 passes defensed in 2010.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Threw his 120th career touchdown pass and his 22nd of the season when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 3-yard score in the first quarter.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

·         Sacked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave Smith 6.0 on the season, leaving him a half-sack shy of his career high of 6.5 set in 2011.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Sacked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck for a 15-yard loss in the first quarter, raising his season total to 17.5.

·         Forced a fumble for the third consecutive game when he jarred the ball out of Indianapolis RB Mewelde Moore’s arms at the goal line in the second quarter.

·         Sacked Luck for a 3-yard loss in the second quarter, giving him his seventh multi-sack game this season.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell, T Andrew Gardner, RB Jonathan Grimes, NT Terrell McClain, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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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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First-quarter notes: Texans 9, Ravens 3

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 21, 2012 – 11:51 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans lead the Baltimore Ravens 9-3:

THE TEXANS

·         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.

·         Led after the first quarter for the fourth time this season.

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.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Recorded his first rushing attempt of the season and the second of his career on a 6-yard gain 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.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

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

·         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.

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.

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for a loss of 4 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.

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.

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.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         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.

THE TEXANS

·         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.

 

·         Led after the first quarter for the fourth time this season.

 

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.

 

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Recorded his first rushing attempt of the season and the second of his career on a 6-yard gain 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.

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

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

 

·         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.

 

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.

 

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for a loss of 4 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         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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Postgame notes: Texans 38, Titans 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 30, 2012 – 4:27 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the Texans’ Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium, which they won 38-14:

THE WIN
·         Gave Houston the first 4-0 start to a season in franchise history and the first 4-0 start by a Houston professional football team since the USFL Houston Gamblers started 5-0 in 1985.

·         Evened the Texans’ all-time record at Reliant Stadium at 41-41 and improved the Texans to 2-0 at home this season.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Tennessee to 7-14 overall and 4-7 at home.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE
·         Scored on their opening drive for the second time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the first time this season.

·         Scored more than 30 points for the third time this season and the 24th time under Head Coach Gary Kubiak. Prior to Kubiak’s arrival, the Texans scored more than 30 points twice in 64 games.

·         Recorded the fifth-largest margin of victory in franchise history and the largest since a 28-point win at Tampa Bay on 11/13/11.

·         Scored 17 points off of three Tennessee turnovers in the game. For the season, Houston has scored 41 points off of nine takeaways.

·         Won the time of possession battle for the fourth time this season, holding the ball for 32:26. The Texans improved to 4-0 this season and 42-18 under Kubiak when controlling time of possession.

·         Ran the ball 31 times for 95 yards and improved to 36-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Scored first for the second time this season. Houston also opened the scoring in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Led after the first quarter for the third time this season, at halftime for the fourth time this season and after three quarters for the fourth time this season.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE
·         Scored their first defensive touchdown of the season and the first since 10/23/11 at Tennessee, when CB Brice McCain returned an interception 38 yards for a score. It was the 10th interception return for a score in Texans history.

·         Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game for the second time in team history. The last time was on 12/8/02 at Pittsburgh when CB Aaron Glenn returned a pair of interceptions for scores.

·         Forced three turnovers while the Texans offense committed none, giving Houston a plus-3 turnover margin. It was the third game this season in which the Texans had a positive turnover margin; and the team improved to 3-0 this season and 30-7 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

·         Limited Tennessee to 4-of-12 (33 percent) on third-down attempts. For the season, Houston is holding its opponents to 12-of-48 (25 percent) on third down.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
·         Coached in his 100th game with the Texans and improved his overall record as Texans head coach to 51-49.

·         Improved his record at Reliant Stadium to 31-19.

·         Improved his record against AFC South opponents to 16-22 overall and 11-8 at home.

·         Challenged a spot in the first quarter, arguing that WR Keshawn Martin made a first down on a play ruled short of the marker. The challenge was successful, giving the Texans a first down and improving Kubiak’s record to 1-1 this season and 13-28 in his career.

CB ALAN BALL
·         Forced a fumble on a Tennessee punt return in the second quarter. It was the second forced fumble of his career and his first since 9/12/10 at Washington as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

FB JAMES CASEY
·         Finished with season highs in receptions, with five, and receiving yards, with 36.

·         Caught his second career touchdown pass and his first of the season when he pulled in an 11-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap Houston’s opening drive of the game. Casey’s previous touchdown catch came in Week 3 of 2011 on a 26-yard catch at New Orleans (9/25/11).

·         Topped 500 career receiving yards on his fourth catch of the game, a gain of 5 yards in the second quarter. Casey entered the game with 468 career receiving yards.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING
·         Led the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. It was the second time this season that Cushing led the team in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS
·         Caught his second touchdown pass of the season and his second in as many games when he took a short pass and ran 28 yards for a score in the third quarter. It marked the eighth time in his career that Daniels has caught touchdowns in back-to-back games.

·         Led the team with six receptions for 72 yards, both game highs, and a touchdown. His six receptions tied his 2012 season high, which he also accomplished in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16), and was the second time this year he led the team in receptions.

·         Caught a 7-yard pass in the second quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 72.

·         Started the 81st game of his career, moving him past Mario Williams into fourth on the franchise’s all-time games started list.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
·         Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the 33rd of his career when he found the end zone from 4 yards away in the first quarter. The touchdown gives Foster at least one score, rushing or receiving, in six consecutive regular-season games, tying his career-long streak, which is the second-longest in team history. Foster has scored in eight straight games overall, including the playoffs.

·         Recorded the 750th rushing attempt of his career, which is the qualifying mark for NFL career statistics, on his 12th carry of the game, a gain of 3 yards in the second quarter.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM
·         Became the 45th kicker in NFL history to score 1,000 points when he connected on a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Graham entered the game with 993 career points.

CB KAREEM JACKSON
·         Scored his first career touchdown when he intercepted Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck and returned it 63 yards to the end zone. It was Jackson’s fifth career interception and his second of the season.

·         His 63-yard interception return was the sixth-longest in team history and was the longest return for touchdown since 12/13/09 when SS Bernard Pollard returned a pick 70 yards for a score against Seattle.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON
·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 86 with a 33-yard catch and run on Houston’s opening drive.

P DONNIE JONES
·         Punted six times and had four of his punts downed inside the Tennessee 20-yard line, which tied for the second-most in a game in his career. The last time he had four punts downed inside the opponent’s 20 was on 11/6/11 at Arizona as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

SS DANIEAL MANNING
·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the 10th of his career when he picked off Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter. Manning returned the interception 55 yards for a touchdown, giving him his first career interception return for touchdown.

C CHRIS MYERS
·         Started his 68th consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past Steve McKinney for fourth on the franchise’s consecutive starts list. Myers has started 84 consecutive games overall.

WR DEVIER POSEY
·         Made his professional debut when he came into the game on Houston’s opening drive.

FS GLOVER QUIN
·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. Quin forced a fumble on the play, his second of the season and of his career.

QB MATT SCHAUB
·         Won his eighth consecutive start, dating back to last year.

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 36-32 overall and 22-11 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Finished with a passer rating of 115.5 after completing 20-of-28 attempts for 202 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was Schaub’s third game this season with a rating of better than 100.

·         Has completed passes to at least seven different receivers in all four games this season.

·         Threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season and his 98th as a Texan when he hit FB James Casey for an 11-yard score to cap the Texans’ opening drive.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 28-yard score in the third quarter. It was Schaub’s second consecutive multi-touchdown performance this season and the 34th of his career.

DE ANTONIO SMITH
·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 1-yard loss and forced a fumble on the play. The sack gave Smith 2.0 for the season and 31.5 for his career. The forced fumble was his first of the season and the eighth of his career.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Became the first Texans player to record multiple sacks in four consecutive games.

·         Has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive regular-season games and six straight games, including the 2012 playoffs.

·         Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 7 yards. It was his second fumble recovery of the season and the fourth of his career.

·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a loss of 11 yards in the second quarter. It gave Watt a career-high 6.5 sacks on the season, surpassing his total of 5.5 from 2011.

·         Registered his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter. Watt has recorded multiple sacks in all four games this season and, counting the 2012 playoffs, has done so in five straight games.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS
·         Total paid attendance was 71,581, which was the third-largest regular-season crowd in team history. Houston has sold out all 105 home games, including preseason, regular season and postseason, in team history.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included ILB Mister Alexander, QB John Beck, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR Lestar Jean.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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First-quarter notes: Texans 14, Titans 0

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 30, 2012 – 11:59 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter of the Texans’ Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored on their opening drive for the second time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the first time this season.

·         Scored first for the second time this season. Houston also opened the scoring in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Led after the first quarter for the third time this season.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

·         Challenged a spot in the first quarter, arguing that WR Keshawn Martin made a first down on a play ruled short of the marker. The challenge was successful, giving the Texans a first down and improving Kubiak’s record to 1-1 this season and 13-28 in his career.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught his second career touchdown pass and his first of the season when he pulled in an 11-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap Houston’s opening drive of the game. Casey’s previous touchdown catch came in Week 3 of 2011 on a 26-yard catch at New Orleans (9/25/11).

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Started the 81st game of his career, moving him past Mario Williams into fourth on the franchise’s all-time games started list.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the 33rd of his career when he found the end zone from 4 yards away in the first quarter. The touchdown gives Foster at least one score, rushing or receiving, in six consecutive regular-season games, tying his career-long streak, which is the second-longest in team history. Foster has scored in eight straight games overall, including the playoffs.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 86 with a 33-yard catch and run on Houston’s opening drive.

C CHRIS MYERS

·         Started his 68th consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past Steve McKinney for fourth on the franchise’s consecutive starts list. Myers has started 84 consecutive games overall.

WR DEVIER POSEY

·         Made his professional debut when he came into the game on Houston’s opening drive.

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. Quin forced a fumble on the play, his second of the season and of his career.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season and his 98th as a Texan when he hit FB James Casey for an 11-yard score to cap the Texans’ opening drive.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans included ILB Mister Alexander, QB John Beck, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR Lestar Jean.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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Texans-Broncos connections

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 21, 2012 – 3:49 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here are the connections (of which there are many) between the Texans and their Week 3 opponent, the Denver Broncos:

TEXANS WITH CONNECTIONS TO COLORADO
OLB Jesse Nading (Highlands Ranch; Colorado State); Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison (Rocky Mountain H.S. in Fort Collins; CSU); OL Coach John Benton (Durango/Colorado State); Offensive Assistant Dan Hammerschmidt (played at CSU from 1982-85 and coached there in 1986, 1997-2006 and 2010-11); DB Coach Vance Joseph (played at Colorado from 1990-94 and coached there 1999-01 and 2002-03); Assistant WR Coach Marc Lubick (coached at CSU from 2000-02 and 2005-09).

BRONCOS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
G/C Philip Blake (Baylor); LB Von Miller (DeSoto, Texas A&M); G Manny Ramirez (Houston, Texas Tech); C J.D. Walton (Baylor); Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio (played for Dallas Cowboys 1989-91); Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers (Westlake H.S.; North Texas); TE Coach Clancy Barone (coached at Texas State, University of Houston and Texas A&M); Secondary Coach Ron Milus (coached at Texas A&M); DL Coach Jay Rodgers (Austin); WR Coach Tyke Tolbert (Conroe).

FORMER BRONCOS ON THE TEXANS
C Chris Myers (2005-07); T Ryan Harris (2007-11); Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Broncos from 1996-99 before working in the personnel department from 2000-06; Head Coach Gary Kubiak (played for the Broncos, from 1983-91 and coached there from 1995-2005); Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison (played there from 1982-90 and coached there from 1995-09); Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips (head coach from 1989-1994); QB Coach Karl Dorrell (coached there 2000-02); WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached there in 2004); TE Coach Brian Pariani (coached there from 1995-04); Assistant OL Coach Jim Ryan (played there from 1979-88 and coached there from 2004-08); Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith worked there from 2001-06; Director of Football Operations Doug West was the head equipment manager for the Broncos from 1993-2003.

FORMER TEXANS ON THE BRONCOS
TE Joel Dreessen (2007-11); NT Mitch Unrein went to training camp with the Texans in 2010; LB Coach Richard Smith (was Texans defensive coordinator from 2006-08).

TEXANS-BRONCOS COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans RB Arian Foster (2004-08) played at Tennessee with Broncos DE Robert Ayers (2004-08) and P Britton Colquitt (2004-08); Texans CB Brice McCain (2005-2008) played for Utah with Broncos G Zane Beadles (2005-09); Texans ILB Mister Alexander (2006-10) played for Florida State with Broncos CB Tony Carter (2004-08); Texans OLB Jesse Nading (2004-07) played for Colorado State with Broncos TE Joel Dreessen (2001-04) and QB Caleb Hanie (2004-07); Texans CB Brandon Harris (2008-10) played for Miami with Broncos T Orlando Franklin (2007-10); Texans NT Earl Mitchell (2006-09) and OLB Brooks Reed (2007-10) played at Arizona with Broncos FB Chris Gronkowski (2007-09); Texans TE Owen Daniels (2002-05) played for Wisconsin with Broncos S Jim Leonhard (2001-04); Texans WR Andre Johnson (1999-02) played for Miami with Broncos RB Willis McGahee (2000-02); Texans C Ben Jones (2008-11) played for Georgia with Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (2006-08); Texans G Andrew Gardner (2005-08) played for Georgia Tech with Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (2006-08); Texans LS Jon Weeks (2004-06) played for Baylor with Broncos C J.D. Walton (2006-09); Broncos WR Matthew Willis (2005) played at UCLA when Texans QB Coach Karl Dorrell (2003-07) coached there; Texans ILB Bradie James (1999-02) and P Donnie Jones (2000-2003) played at LSU when Denver QB Coach Adam Gase (2000-02) coached there; Dorrell (1992-93) coached at Colorado State with Broncos OL Coach Dave Magazu (1992-94); Dreessen (2001-04) played for Colorado State when Texans OL Coach John Benton (1995-03) coached there; Broncos DT Mitch Unrein (2005-09) played at Wyoming when Texans Offensive Assistant Dan Hammerschmidt (2009) coached there; Hanie (2004-07) played at Colorado State when Hammerschmidt (2001-07) and Texans Assistant WR Coach Marc Lubick (2005-07) coached there; Broncos DT Justin Bannan (1997-01) played at Colorado when Texans DB Coach Vance Joseph (1999-01) coached there; Texans Assistant LB Coach Bobby King (2006-07) coached at Baylor when Walton (2006-09) played there.

TEXANS-BRONCOS PRO CONNECTIONS
Texans RB Justin Forsett (2008) played for Indianapolis with Broncos RB Lance Ball (2008), TE Jacob Tamme (2008-11), and QB Peyton Manning (1998-2011); Texans P Donnie Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis with Broncos DT Justin Bannan (2011); Texans QB John Beck (2009) played for Baltimore with Bannan (2006-09); Texans CB Alan Ball (2007-11) and ILB Bradie James (2003-11) played for Dallas with Broncos LB Keith Brooking (2009-11); Texans QB Matt Schaub (2004- 06) played for Atlanta with Brooking (1998-08); Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (2006-10), K Shayne Graham (2003-09), and T Andrew Gardner (2011) played for Cincinnati with Broncos WR Andre Caldwell (2008-11); Graham (2010) played for New England with Broncos CB Tony Carter (2010) and C Dan Koppen (2003-11); Ball (2007-11) and James (2003-11) played for Dallas with Broncos FB Chris Gronkowski (2010); Texans FS Danieal Manning (2006-10) played for Chicago with Broncos QB Caleb Hanie (2008-11); Texans FS Quintin Demps (2008-09) played for Philadelphia with Broncos LB Joe Mays (2008-09); Beck (2009) and Gardner (2010) played for Baltimore with Broncos RB Willis McGahee (2007-10); Texans NT Shaun Cody (2005-08) played for Detroit with Broncos G Manny Ramirez (2007-10); Forsett (2008-11) played for Seattle with Broncos WR Brandon Stokley (2010); Jones (2005-06) played for Miami with Broncos DT Kevin Vickerson (2006); Graham (2002) played for Carolina when Broncos Head Coach John Fox (2002-10), Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio (2002) and Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy (2000-08) coached there; Texans WR Coach Larry Kirksey (2003) coached at Jacksonville with Del Rio (2003-11); Texans ILB Tim Dobbins (2008-09) played for San Diego when Broncos Barone (2007-08) coached there; Schaub (2004-06) played for Atlanta when Barone (2004-06) coached there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis when Milus (2006-08) coached there; Jones (2005-06) and LG Wade Smith (2003-05) played for Miami when Richard Smith (2005) coached there.


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