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  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT 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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National Signing Day and the Texans

Posted by drewdougherty on February 6, 2013 – 4:43 pm

ReedThe frenzied morning of National Signing Day is now behind us. A few thousand high school football players signed National Letters of Intent, faxed them in, and joined programs across the nation today.

What’s this have to do with the Texans? Not much in the short term.

But looking back a few years (a few more in some cases) is kind of fun, because everybody on the roster played college ball somewhere, and went through the drill so many prep stars went through about 8 hours or so ago.

For example: wide receiver DeVier Posey was once a 5-star (according to the Rivals.com ranking system) recruit out of Cincinnati’s LaSalle H.S. when he signed on to be a Buckeye at Ohio State. On the other end of the spectrum, 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt was quick to point out this afternoon on twitter that the rankings don’t always matter.

This slideshow covers a wide swath of the team, including some reserves. But going across the starting depth-chart, and keeping in mind that the Rivals’ ranking database only goes back to 2002, here’s how the Texans’ starters stacked up on the first Wednesday in February.

OFFENSE

RB Arian Foster: 3-star recruit from Mission Bay H.S. in San Diego, CA. Signed with Tennessee.

LT Duane Brown: 3-star recruit from Hermitage H.S. in Richmond, VA. Signed with Virginia Tech.

RG Brandon Brooks: 3-star recruit from Riverside University H.S. in Milwaukee, WI. Signed with Miami (OH).

RG Ben Jones: 3-star recruit from Bibb County HS in Centreville, AL. Signed with Georgia.

RT Derek Newton: 2-star recruit from Hinds Community College in Utica, MS. Signed with Arkansas State.

DEFENSE

DE Antonio Smith: 3-star recruit from Northeast Oklahoma A&M J.C. Signed with Oklahoma State.

DE J.J. Watt: 2-star recruit from Pewaukee H.S. in Pewaukee, WI. Signed with Central Michigan (later transferred to Wisconsin).

OLB Connor Barwin: 2-star recruit from University of Detroit Jesuit H.S. Signed with Cincinnati.

OLB Brooks Reed: 3-star recruit from Sabino H.S. in Tuscon, AZ. Signed with Arizona.

ILB Brian Cushing: 4-star recruit from Bergen Catholic H.S. in Oradell, NJ. Signed with Southern California.

CB Kareem Jackson: 4-star recruit from Fork Union Military Academy, VA. Signed with Alabama.

CB Johnathan Joseph: 3-star recruit from Coffyville Community College, KS. Signed with South Carolina.

S Glover Quin: 2-star recruit from Southwest Mississippi Community College. Signed with New Mexico.


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Postgame notes: Patriots 41, Texans 28

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 13, 2013 – 9:08 pm

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the Sunday at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans lost 42-28 to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs:

THE TEXANS

·         Fell in the Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs for the second consecutive season.

 

·         Finished the season 13-5 overall, which is the best record in franchise history.

 

·         Won time of possession for the second time this postseason and the 14th time overall this season, holding the ball for 31:24.

 

·         Gained more than 400 yards of net offense for the second consecutive playoff game, finishing with 425 total yards a week after gaining 420 yards vs. Cincinnati (1/5).

 

·         Scored first for the second consecutive postseason game and 11th time this year overall when K Shayne Graham booted a 27-yard field goal to cap the opening drive of the game.

 

·         Trailed at the end of the first quarter for the first time this postseason and the seventh time overall this season. Houston finished the year 2-5 overall when trailing after the opening period.

 

·         Trailed at halftime for the first time this postseason and the sixth time overall this season. Houston finished the year 1-5 overall when trailing at halftime.

 

·         Trailed at the end of the third quarter for the first time this postseason and the sixth time this season overall. Houston finished the year 1-5 overall when trailing entering the fourth quarter.

 

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

·         Successfully challenged a play in the fourth quarter, arguing that a play ruled incomplete on the field was a completed pass in the end zone. The call was overturned, resulting in a 25-yard touchdown for the Texans.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Caught a game-high nine passes for 81 yards and extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 87, including regular season and postseason games, with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Tied RB Terrell Davis for the most rushing yards by a player in his first four career playoff games with 515, gaining 90 yards on the ground in the game. Foster and Davis are the only two men in League history to rush for more than 500 yards in their first four playoff appearances.

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS, FIRST FOUR PLAYOFF GAMES OF CAREER                                  

Player                           Team                                     Postseason(s)   Yards

Arian Foster               Houston Texans               2011-12                515

Terrell Davis               Denver Broncos                1996-97                515

Fred Taylor                 Jacksonville Jaguars        1998-99                493

John Riggins               Washington Redskins     1976, 1982           474

Eric Dickerson            Los Angeles Rams            1983-85                470

Eddie George            Tennessee Titans             1999                       449

 

·         Moved into 43rd on the NFL’s all-time postseason rushing list with 515 career yards.

 

·         Finished the game with 153 yards from scrimmage (90 rushing, 63 receiving) to raise his career total to 663. His career average of 165.8 scrimmage yards per game in the playoffs is the highest in NFL playoff history.

 

MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS PER GAME, NFL POSTSEASON HISTORY                                 

                                                                                                                        Total      Tot. Yds

Player                                   G     Rush      Yards     Rec.       Yards     Yards     /Game

Arian Foster                       4      105         515         23           148         663         165.8

Terrell Davis                       8      204         1,140     19           131         1,271     158.9

Merril Hoge                        3      39           247         14           129         376         125.3

Larry Fitzgerald                 6      0              0              42           705         705         117.5

Marcus Allen                      16   267         1,347     53           530         1,877     117.3

 

·         Scored a touchdown in his fourth consecutive playoff game when he reached the end zone on a 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

 

CB BRANDON HARRIS

·         Made his first career postseason start when the Texans defense opened the game with six defensive backs on the field.

 

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal to end the first half, surpassing his previous career-high of 53-yards set in 2009.

 

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Made his first career postseason start when the Texans defense opened the game with six defensive backs on the field.

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Finished the game with 95 receiving yards on eight catches, raising his postseason career total to 358 yards in four games. His average of 89.5 yards per game in the postseason is the sixth-highest in League playoff history.

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME, NFL PLAYOFF HISTORY

Player                           G             Rec         Yds         Avg        Lg            TD           Yds/G

Larry Fitzgerald         6              42           705         16.8        64t          9              117.5

Hakeem Nicks           4              28           444         15.9        72t          4              111.0

Tom Fears                   6              30           587         19.6        –              5              97.8

Steve Smith                8              47           782         16.6        70           7              97.8

Charlie Brown            7              31           643         20.7        *60         3              91.9

Andre Johnson         4              25           358         14.3        40t          1              89.5

 

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 106, including regular season and postseason games, with an 11-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

·         Scored the first two-point conversion in Texans postseason history when he leapt to haul in a throw from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.

 

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Returned the opening kickoff 94 yards to the New England 12-yard line to set up a 27-yard field goal by K Shayne Graham. It was the longest kickoff return of his career in both regular season and postseason play and was the longest in Texans postseason history. His previous longs were 83 yards vs. New Orleans on 12/11/08 as a Chicago Bear and 60 yards in the 2011 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore on 1/15/12. That return was also on the opening kick of the game.

 

·         Set an AFC Divisional Playoff record with 216 kickoff return yards in the game, bettering the previous mark of 208 yards by Dante Hall of Kansas City vs. Indianapolis on 1.11.04. It was the third-most kick return yards in NFL postseason history.

 

MOST KICKOFF RETURN YARDS, GAME, POSTSEASON HISTORY

Player                           Date                Tm      Opp   KR     Yds     Avg    Lg        TD

Andre Coleman        1/29/1995      SD       SF       8        244     30.5    98t      1

Ellis Hobbs                   1/21/2007      NE      Ind     6        220     36.7    80       0

Danieal Manning     1/13/2013      Hou   NE      4        216     54.0    94       0

Tim Dwight                 1/31/1999      Atl      Den    5        210     42.0    94t      1

Dante Hall                   1/11/2004      KC       Ind     7        208     29.7    92t      1

 

·         Averaged 54.0 yards per kickoff return, gaining 216 yards on four returns. That was the second-highest return average in NFL playoff history behind only Speedy Duncan’s 56.7-yard average (3-170) for Washington vs. San Francisco on 12/26/71.

 

HIGHEST KICKOFF RETURN AVERAGE, GAME, POSTSEASON HISTORY

Player                           Date                Tm      Opp   KR     Yds     Avg    Lg        TD

Speedy Duncan        12/26/1971   Was   SF       3        170     56.7    –          0

Danieal Manning     1/13/2013      Hou   NE      4        216     54.0    94       0

Trindon Holliday       1/12/2013      Den    Bal      3        158     52.7    104t   1

Ed Podolak                  12/25/1971   KC       Mia    3        154     51.3    –          0

Speedy Duncan        12/26/1964   SD       Buf     3        147     49.0    –          0

Fulton Walker            1/30/1983      Mia    Was   4        190     47.5    98t      1

 

WR DeVIER POSEY

·         Made his first career reception in postseason play when he hauled in a 24-yard pass in the second quarter.

 

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he dove to haul in a 25-yard scoring throw from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.

 

OLB BROOKS REED

·         Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack New England QB Tom Brady for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive playoff games with a sack to four. Reed and Watt are tied for the most sacks in team playoff history with 5.0 apiece.

 

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Threw for 343 yards in the game, giving him the first 300-yard passing game in Texans postseason history, and finished the game with a passer rating of 90.6, completing 34-of-51 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

 

·         Threw his first career touchdown pass in postseason play when he hit WR DeVier Posey for a 25-yard score in the fourth quarter.

 

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit RB Arian Foster for a 1-yard touchdown

 

DE J.J. WATT

·         Teamed with OLB Brooks Reed to sack New England QB Tom Brady for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive playoff games with a sack to four. Watt and Reed are tied for the most sacks in team playoff history with 5.0 apiece.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         FB Tyler Clutts and WR Lestar Jean made their playoff debuts in the game

 

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Antoine Caldwell, CB Roc Carmichael, ILB Cameron Collins, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, CB Stanford Routt and G Cody White.

 

·         Captains for the Texans were 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 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: Patriots 42, Texans 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 11, 2012 – 12:08 am

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from Week 14 at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans lost 42-14 to the New England Patriots:

THE TEXANS

·         Failed to score first for the sixth time this season. Houston fell to 4-2 when allowing its opponents to score first thus far this season.

·         Trailed after one quarter for the fourth time this season and trailed at halftime and after three quarters for the third time this season. Houston fell to 2-2, 1-2 and 1-2 in each instance, respectively.

·         Lost the time of possession battle for the second time this season, holding the ball for 29:11. It was the first time this season that Houston’s time of possession was less than 30:00, since the only other instance in which the Texans lost time of possession was an overtime game at Detroit in Week 12 (11/22).

·         Finished with an even turnover margin for the second time this season. Houston gave the ball away once and had one takeaway in the game. The Texans fell to 1-1 in such instances.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught a 30-yard pass in the third quarter, matching his long for the season. He also had a 30-yard catch in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8), also on Monday Night Football.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 80 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter. The catch was also the 350th of his career.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Caught his 100th career pass on a 14-yard screen pass in the first quarter. Forsett entered the game with 99 career receptions in five seasons.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored his 14th rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter, passing RB Domanick Williams’ total of 13 rushing touchdowns in 2004 for the second-most in team history. Foster holds the franchise single-season record with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

·         Caught his longest pass of the season when he took a screen pass 23 yards in the second quarter. Foster’s previous long was an 18-yard catch in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Established a season high with 39 receiving yards in the game, bettering his previous high of 37 yards from Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Caught his second pass of the game, a gain of 7 yards in the second quarter. It marked Jean’s first career game with multiple receptions.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 1,200 receiving yards in a season for the fourth time in his career, topping the milestone on his seventh catch, a gain of 5 yards in the third quarter. Johnson entered the game with 1,114 yards on the year.

·         Passed Gary Clark (10,856) for 29th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. Johnson now has 10,865 career receiving yards.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 95 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

P DONNIE JONES

·         Punted seven times with five traveling at least 50 yards, including punts of 59, 57 and 56 yards, giving him at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in 11 of Houston’s 13 games this season.

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Registered his first career interception when he picked off a deflected pass from Patriots QB Ryan Mallett in the fourth quarter.

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Sacked New England QB Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave him 6.0 on the season, tying the franchise rookie sack record set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.

NT EARL MITCHELL

·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first career forced fumble.

WR DEVIER POSEY

·         Recorded his first career catch when he hauled in a 19-yard pass from QB T.J. Yates in the fourth quarter.

CB STANFORD ROUTT

·         Made his debut as a Texan, seeing action on special teams and as a reserve on defense.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Surpassed 20,000 career passing yards as a member of the Houston Texans. He entered the game with 19,965 yards as a Texan and topped the milestone on a 13-yard completion to TE Owen Daniels, his fourth pass attempt of the game.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his second forced fumble of the season and the second of his career.

QB T.J. YATES

·         Scored his first career rushing touchdown on a quarterback keeper from 1 yard away in the fourth quarter.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell TE Garrett Graham, NT Terrell McClain, RT Derek Newton, 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, Smith and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss. ILB Brian Cushing, who is on the reserved/injured list, joined his fellow captains at midfield.

·         The Patriots won the toss and deferred their option until the second half. Houston received the opening kickoff.


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Texans-Lions inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 22, 2012 – 10:19 am

DETROIT — Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Texans inactives
11 WR DeVier Posey
24 CB Johnathan Joseph
44 RB Ben Tate
52 ILB Tim Dobbins
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
95 NT Shaun Cody

Texans starting lineup changes
Earl Mitchell will start at nose tackle for Shaun Cody. Darryl Sharpton will start at inside linebacker for Tim Dobbins. Alan Ball will start at cornerback for Johnathan Joseph.

Lions inactives
16 WR Titus Young
17 QB Kellen Moore
21 CB Jacob Lacey
76 T Jeff Backus
78 T Corey Hilliard
97 DE Ronnell Lewis
99 DT Corey Williams

Lions starting lineup changes
Ryan Broles will start at wide receiver for Titus Young. Riley Reiff will start at left tackle for Jeff Backus. Nick Fairley will start at defensive tackle for Corey Williams. Drayton Florence will start at cornerback for Jacoby Lacey.


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Texans-Lions Week 12 Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 21, 2012 – 6:31 pm

The Wednesday (final) injury report for the Texans and Detroit Lions, who play at Ford Field in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12 (notes: both teams had walk-through practices on Monday, so practice designations were estimations by both clubs of what players would have done in a full practice; bold indicates change in player’s status from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
None

DOUBTFUL
WR DeVier Posey (Knee/Hamstring/DNP)

QUESTIONABLE
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ribs/Limited), ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder/DNP), CB Johnathan Joseph (Hamstring/DNP), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring/DNP)

PROBABLE
DE Jared Crick (Neck/Full), TE Owen Daniels (Back/Full), SS Quintin Demps (Toe/Full), ILB Bradie James (Thumb/Full), WR Lestar Jean (Knee/Full), CB Brice McCain (Knee/Full), C Chris  Myers (Back/Full), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot/Full), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Neck/Knee/Hip/Full), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle/Limited), G Wade Smith (Knee/Ribs/Limited), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow/Full)

DETROIT LIONS

OUT
WR Titus Young (Non-Injury/DNP)

DOUBTFUL
T Jeff Backus (Hamstring/DNP)

QUESTIONABLE
S Louis Delmas (Knee), DT Nick Fairley (Illness/DNP), CB Drayton Florence (Concussion/Limited), Jacob Lacey (Foot/DNP), DT Corey Williams (Knee/Illness/DNP)

PROBABLE
DE Cliff Avril (Back/Limited), S Erik Coleman (Eye/Limited), K Jason Hanson (L. Foot/Full), DT Sammie Hill (Knee/Full), CB Chris Houston (Ankle/Limited), WR Calvin Johnson (Knee/Thumb/Limited), LB Ashlee Palmer (Chest/Limited), G Rob Sims (Hamstring/Limited), DT Ndamukong Suh (Knee/Full)


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Texans-Lions Week 12 Tuesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 20, 2012 – 5:06 pm

The Tuesday injury report for the Texans and Detroit Lions, who play at Ford Field in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12 (notes: both teams had walk-through practices on Monday, so practice designations were estimations by both clubs of what players would have done in a full practice; bold indicates change in player’s status from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
None

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder), CB Johnathan Joseph (Hamstring), WR DeVier Posey (Knee/Hamstring), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ribs), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle), LG Wade Smith (Knee/Ribs)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DE Jared Crick (Neck), TE Owen Daniels (Back), SS Quintin Demps (Toe), ILB Bradie James (Thumb), WR Lestar Jean (Knee), CB Brice McCain (Knee), C Chris  Myers (Back), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Neck/Knee/Hip), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow)

DETROIT LIONS

OUT
WR Titus Young (Non-Injury)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
T Jeff Backus (Hamstring), CB Drayton Florence (Concussion),

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DE Cliff Avril (Back), S Erik Coleman (Eye), S Louis Delmas (Knee), DT Sammie Hill (Knee), CB Chris Houston (Ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (Knee/Thumb), CB Jacob Lacey (Foot), LB Ashlee Palmer (Chest), G Rob Sims (Hamstring), DT Corey Williams (Knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION
K Jason Hanson (L. Foot), DT Ndamukong Suh (Knee)


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Texans-Lions Week 12 Monday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 19, 2012 – 5:58 pm

The Monday injury report for the Texans and Detroit Lions, who play at Ford Field in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12 (note: both teams had walk-through practices on Monday; practice designations were estimations by both clubs of what players would have done in a full practice):

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
None

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Johnathan Joseph (Hamstring), WR DeVier Posey (Knee/Hamstring), LG Wade Smith (Ribs), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ribs), ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Neck/Knee/Hip), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DE Jared Crick (Neck), TE Owen Daniels (Back), SS Quintin Demps (Toe), ILB Bradie James (Thumb), WR Lestar Jean (Knee), CB Brice McCain (Knee), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow)

DETROIT LIONS

OUT
WR Titus Young (Non-Injury)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Cliff Avril (Back), T Jeff Backus (Hamstring), S Louis Delmas (Knee), CB Drayton Florence (Concussion), DT Sammie Lee Hill (Knee), WR Calvin Johnson (Knee/Thumb), CB Jacob Lacey (Foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
S Erik Coleman (Eye), CB Chris Houston (Ankle), LB Ashlee Palmer (Chest), G Rob Sims (Hamstring), DT Ndamukong Suh (Knee), DT Corey Williams (Knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION
K Jason Hanson (L. Foot)


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Postgame notes: Packers 42, Texans 24

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 15, 2012 – 1:22 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 42-24 Week 6 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football at Reliant Stadium:

THE LOSS

·         Ended Houston’s five-game winning streak and dropped the Texans to 5-1 on the season.

·         Dropped the Texans’ record against Green Bay to 1-2 all-time.

·         Dropped the Texans’ record in prime time to 4-9 overall, 3-6 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak and 1-1 this season.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Made a field goal for the 16th consecutive game, setting a franchise record. Houston previously had field goals in 15 consecutive games from 11/1/10 – 10/9/11.

·         Won the time of possession battle for the sixth time this season.

·         Trailed after the first quarter, at halftime and after three quarters for the first time this season in each instance.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Blocked a punt for the first time since 1/1/06 at San Francisco and scored a touchdown on the play. The touchdown was the first off of a blocked punt since 12/22/02 at Washington.

·         Allowed their opponent to score on its opening drive for the first time this season when Green Bay scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN

·         Blocked a punt in the fourth quarter. It was the first punt block in his career and the first since 1/1/06 when Ramon Walker blocked a punt at San Francisco. It was the fifth blocked punt in Texans history.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught two passes for 27 yards, raising his season reception total to 18 and matching his total from last season.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Surpassed 4,000 career receiving yards on a 27-yard catch in the third quarter, his third of the game. He entered the game needing 40 yards to reach the milestone.

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 74 with a 4-yard catch in the first quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored his 40th career touchdown when he reached the end zone from a yard out in the second quarter. Foster has scored 35 career rushing touchdowns and has five receiving scores.

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to a franchise-record eight games when he scored from a yard out early in the second quarter. RB Domanick Williams previously held the mark with touchdowns in seven straight games from 11/21/04 – 1/2/05.

·         Scored his second touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run in the third quarter. It was his second multi-touchdown game of the season and his first since the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

TE GARRETT GRAHAM

·         Caught a career-high three passes for 25yards, topping his previous high of two receptions set in Week 3 at Denver (9/23).

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Made the 10th field goal of his career of 50 yards or longer, and his first as a Texan, when he connected from 51 yards in the second quarter. It was Graham’s first field goal of 50+ yards since 2009.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 10,000 career receiving yards on his seventh catch of the game, a gain of 15 yards. Johnson entered the game with 9,939 career yards. Johnson became the sixth-fastest player to reach the 10,000-yard mark, doing so in his 128th game, and the 38th player in NFL history to top the milestone.

·         Surpassed 10,000 career yards from scrimmage with his first catch of the game, a 12-yard gain. He entered the game with 9,993 career scrimmage yards (9,939 receiving, 54 rushing).

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 88 with a 12-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Played in his 128th career game, tying K Kris Brown (2002-09) for the most games played as a Houston Texan.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Made his debut as a returner and returned three kickoffs for 65 yards (21.7 average) and one punt for 19 yards.

·         Established a new season high for receiving yards with 24 on two catches, both of which came in the third quarter.

WR DeVIER POSEY

·         Recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown. It was his first career touchdown and was the first touchdown following a blocked punt for the Texans since 12/22/02 when Jimmy McClain blocked a punt at Washington and Kevin Williams recovered it in the end zone.

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Tied a season-high with eight tackles, seven of which were solo stops. He also led the team with two passes defensed.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Saw his streak of nine consecutive wins come to an end with the loss. Schaub’s last loss as the starting quarterback came on 10/16/11 at Baltimore.

·         Finished the night with a season-low passer rating of 56.6, completing 20-of-33 passes for 232 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         Caught his 300th pass as a Texan when he hauled in a 12-yard throw in the third quarter. Walter entered the game with 298 receptions with the team.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a sack to six, matching the longest streak in team history. Mario Williams had sacks in six straight games from 11/18/07 – 12/23/07.

·         Registered his fourth multiple-sack game of the season, with 2.0 sacks for 10 yards in losses. Watt now has 9.5 sacks on the season to lead the NFL.

QB T.J. YATES

·         Made his second appearance of the season and threw his first passes of the year. Yates finished the game 2-of-5 for 23 yards with no touchdowns and 1 interception for a passer rating of 15.0.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Total paid attendance was 71,702, marking the largest crowd for a Texans regular-season game in team history. The previous mark was 71,585 set last season vs. Pittsburgh (10/2/11).

·         Inactive players for the Texans included G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, SS Quintin Demps, G Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, 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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