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  • Mon., Oct. 20, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Pappasito's

    Monday, October 20

    Noon-1pm – Pappasito’s Cantina, 2515 S. Loop West, Houston, TX 77054

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE cup regular Chile con Queso (1/person) for this hour at this location, dine-in only. Dine-in only. Not valid for Queso Blanco.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Mon., Oct. 20, 2014 7:30 PM CDT Texans at Steelers The Texans travel to face the Steelers.
  • Tue., Oct. 21, 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
  • Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet current Texans Ambassador (former Texans lineman) Steve McKinney at the Verizon The Woodlands Store, 1335 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite A, The Woodlands, TX 77380.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, October 24
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 739 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) for this hour at this location
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    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 12:00 PM CDT Texans at Titans The Texans travel to face the Titans.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet TBD Texans player(s) at the Verizon Stadium Store, 8505 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77025.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • 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
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet a TBD Texans player and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP

    A nearly century old college football rivalry returns to NRG Stadium on Saturday, November 1st  as the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Sam Houston Bearkats in the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP. Seats start at just $15.

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Ed Reed, Shane Lechler to join Texans All Access on Tuesday

Posted by drewdougherty on March 25, 2013 – 3:03 pm

95reedsmileAfter an eventful Friday and Saturday in free agency, host Marc Vandermeer will discuss the Texans’ new acquisitions and much more on Tuesday’s ‘Texans All Access’.

From noon-2 p.m. CT on HoustonTexans.com, the Houston Texans Mobile app and SportsRadio 610, the show will feature interviews with the likes of All-Pro safety Ed Reed and All-Pro punter Shane Lechler. Both of those new Texans shared their excitement of joining the squad.

Also, the weekly segment with Draft guru and former scout Daniel Jeremiah from the NFL Network will happen, and he’ll share his thoughts on the team’s moves in free agency as well.

Plus, Vandermeer interviewed Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher and Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan, and those two will share their unique viewpoints on Gary Kubiak and the Texans.

During the two hour window, a listen-to-win contest called “Present the Pick, Presented by Coors Light” will take place. The winner gets to announce a Texans’ draft pick this April in New York City.

Topping it all off, Shelbie from the Houston Texans Cheerleaders will join the show to talk about the upcoming cheer tryouts on April 6th.


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Tomorrow’s Texans All Access

Posted by drewdougherty on March 18, 2013 – 10:05 am

95kubiakpanthersTuesday on Texans All Access from noon-2 p.m. CT, we’re on the road.

Host Marc Vandermeer is in Arizona for the owner’s meetings, and he’ll have exclusive interviews with folks like team chairman/CEO Bob McNair and head coach Gary Kubiak.

Also, Nick Scurfield of HoustonTexans.com will join the show, along with SportsRadio 610’s Seth Payne and Mike Meltser.

During the two hour window, a listen-to-win contest called “Present the Pick, Presented by Coors Light” will take place. The winner gets to announce a Texans’ draft pick this April in New York City.

As always, you can listen to the show online at HoustonTexans.com, on the Houston Texans Mobile App, and at SportsRadio 610.


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Heading to the Indy Combine

Posted by drewdougherty on February 19, 2013 – 5:35 pm

95ricksmithcombineOn Thursday, Nick Scurfield and I head off on our annual trip to Indianapolis for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

This year, for the first time ever, we’re working with Google+ and the Pro Football Writers of America to give one lucky fan a chance to ask a question during the Houston Texans’ press conference. It’s Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CT with general manager Rick Smith and head coach Gary Kubiak.

If you’re interested, submit a question on Google+ and Twitter using the hashtags #CombinePlus and #Texans.

One fan question will be selected, and the answer will be recorded live and available on-demand shortly after the press conference. We’ll announce the lucky winner here on the Houston Texans Google+ page, along with the video of the Q&A.

Learn more HERE.

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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 19, Bengals 13

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2013 – 11:05 pm

J.J. Watt, Connor BarwinCourtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, notes from Saturday at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs:

THE WIN

  • Improved Houston’s all-time postseason record to 2-1 overall and 2-0 at Reliant Stadium.

 

  • Advanced the Texans into the AFC Divisional Playoffs for the second consecutive season.

 

  • Improved Houston’s all-time record against Cincinnati to 5-3 overall, 2-0 in the postseason and 3-1 all-time at Reliant Stadium.

 

THE TEXANS

  • Won the time of possession battle for the first time in team postseason history and the 13th time this season overall, holding the ball for 38:49.

 

  • Scored first for the 10th time this season and for the first time in team postseason history when they took a 3-0 lead on K Shayne Graham’s 48-yard field goal in the first quarter.

 

  • Led after the first quarter for the first time in team playoff history and for the ninth time overall this year.

 

  • Led at halftime for the second time in team postseason history and for the 11th time overall this season. Houston led Cincinnati 17-10 in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff on 1/7/12.

 

  • Led after three quarters for the second time in team postseason history and for the 11th time overall this season.

 

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

  • Gained 420 yards of total offense in the game and averaged 5.5 yards per play. Over the last eight weeks of the 2012 season, Cincinnati’s defense had held its opponents to an average of 282.0 yards per game, which ranked second in the NFL over that time frame.

 

  • Outgained the Bengals 158-80 on the ground. It was the third consecutive postseason game in which the Texans outrushed their opponents. Houston improved to 3-0 all-time in postseason and 12-1 overall this season when outrushing the opposition.

 

  • Ran the ball 39 times in the game. It was the 12th game this season in which Houston ran the ball at least 30 times, and the Texans improved to 12-0 in those games. Under head coach Gary Kubiak, Houston improved to 45-5, including regular season and postseason games, when rushing at least 30 times.

 

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

  • Held Cincinnati to 198 yards of total offense, which was the fewest surrendered in team postseason history. Houston previously held Baltimore to 227 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff (1/15/12).

 

  • Held its opponent to fewer than 20 points for the second time in postseason play, limiting Cincinnati to 13 points. Houston improved to 2-0 in the postseason, 43-2 overall (including playoffs) under Head Coach Gary Kubiak, and 10-0 overall this season when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points.

 

  • Did not allow the Bengals offense to convert any of its nine third-down attempts in the game. It marked the first time since the 1989 playoffs that a team did not allow a single third-down conversion. The last team to do so was the Cincinnati Bengals against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game on 1/8/89.

 

 

 

ILB CAMERON COLLINS

  • Made his professional debut when he took the field on the opening kickoff. Collins was signed from the Texans’ practice squad on Friday, Jan. 4.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

  • Set a franchise postseason record with his ninth reception of the game. WR Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 111 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12), and RB Arian Foster matched that reception total today with eight catches for 34 yards.

 

  • Recorded the second-most receiving yards in a playoff game in team history with 91, trailing WR Andre Johnson’s 111 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12).

 

  • Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 84, including regular season and postseason games, with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

RB ARIAN FOSTER

  • Became the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his first three career playoff games. Foster finished the game with 140 yards on 32 carries. Overall, he was the eighth man in League history to run for more than 100 yards in three consecutive playoff games.

 

  • Has rushed for 425 yards through his first three playoff games, the most by any player in NFL history through his first three career postseason games. The previous three-game high was 383 yards by Jacksonville RB Fred Taylor following the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

 

  • Set the team postseason record with 32 rushing attempts, bettering his own previous high of 27 in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12).

 

  • Caught eight passes in the game, which was tied for the second-most in a game in Texans postseason history behind TE Owen Daniels’ nine catches today. WR Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 111 yards in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/151/2).

 

  • Scored his fourth career touchdown in postseason play when he dove into the end zone from a yard away in the third quarter. Foster has scored at least one touchdown in all three of his career postseason games.

 

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

  • Connected on a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was the longest postseason field goal in his career and was also the longest in Texans history in postseason play. Graham’s previous long in the playoffs was a 35-yard kick on 1/16/11 in an AFC Divisional Playoff as a New England Patriot against the New York Jets. The previous long in Texans history was a 40-yarder by K Neil Rackers at Baltimore on 1/15/12 in an AFC Divisional Playoff.

 

  • Set a team postseason record and postseason career high with four field goals in the game. K Neil Rackers hit two field goals in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore (1/15/12). Graham previously kicked two field goals in the 2011 AFC Divisional Playoff vs. the New York Jets (1/16/11) as a member of the New England Patriots.

 

  • Set the franchise single-game scoring record with 13 points, topping the 12-point effort of RB Arian Foster in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Cincinnati (1/7/12).

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 99, including regular season and postseason games, with a 19-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

  • Finished the game with four receptions for 62 yards

 

CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH

  • Intercepted his second career pass in postseason play when he picked off Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton in the third quarter. Joseph also had an interception against Cincinnati in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff (1/7/12).

 

OLB BROOKS REED

  • Sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for no gain in the fourth quarter, raising his career postseason sack total to 4.5. He has recorded at least one sack in all three of his career postseason games.

 

QB MATT SCHAUB

  • Made his playoff debut as a starter. He played briefly in the 2005 NFC Championship Game with the Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia (1/23/05) but did not record any statistics.

 

  • Set franchise postseason single-game records for most completions (29), attempts (38) and yards (262). The previous marks were 17 completions, 35 attempts and 184 yards by T.J. Yates at Baltimore in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff (1/15/12).

 

DE J.J. WATT

  • Sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, raising his career postseason sack total to 4.5. Watt has recorded at least one sack in all three of his career postseason games.

 

  • Led the team with five tackles, all of which were solo stops, and recorded two tackles for loss and two passes defensed.

 

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

  • Total paid attendance was a franchise-record 71,738. The previous high was 71,725 in the 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Cincinnati (1/7/12).

 

  • The following players made their playoff debuts in the game: G Brandon Brooks, DE Jared Crick, TE Garrett Graham, CB Brandon Harris, T Ryan Harris, G Ben Jones, P Donnie Jones, WR Keshawn Martin, OLB Whitney Mercilus, S Eddie Pleasant and WR DeVier Posey.

 

  • Inactive players for the Texans were G Antoine Caldwell, CB Roc Carmichael, FB Tyler Clutts, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, CB Stanford Routt 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: Colts 28, Texans 16

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 30, 2012 – 5:03 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from Week 17 at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts 28-16:

THE TEXANS

·         Limited the Colts to 265 yards of total offense in the game. It was the seventh time this season that Houston’s defense has held an opponent to less than 300 yards of total offense.

 

·         Tied the franchise record for touchdowns in a season when they scored their 46th of the year on RB Arian Foster’s 13-yard run in the third quarter.

 

·         Outrushed Indianapolis, 102-81. Houston fell to 11-1 this season and 48-17 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak when outrushing its opponents.

 

·         Trailed at the end of the first quarter for the sixth time this season and trailed at halftime and after three quarters for the fifth time in each instance. Houston fell to 2-4 this season when trailing after the opening period and 1-4 when trailing at halftime and after three quarters.

 

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

·         Challenged a play in the first quarter, arguing that the Indianapolis defense had 12 players on the field. Kubiak lost the challenge, dropping his record on coaches’ challenges to 1-2 on the season and 13-29 for his career.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 83 with a 6-yard catch in the first quarter. The catch gave him 60 receptions for the third time in his career and the first time since 2008.

 

·         Surpassed 700 receiving yards for the third time in his career and the first time since 2008, doing so on his second catch of the game, a gain of 6 yards in the second quarter. He entered the game needing 11 yards to reach the milestone.

 

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored the 50th touchdown of his career when he found the end zone on a 13-yard run in the third quarter. The touchdown also pushed his point total to 102 for the season, giving him his second career 100-point season. He scored a career-high 108 points in 2010.

 

·         Reeled off a 39-yard gain in the third quarter, which was his second-longest run of the season. Foster had a 46-yard run in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

 

·         Recorded his 1,000th career rushing attempt on his sixth carry of the game, a loss of 3 yards in the second quarter.

 

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Set the franchise single-season scoring record with his third field goal of the game, which gave him 138 on the year. The previous high was 135 points by K Neil Rackers in 2011.

 

·         Tied his season long with a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was Graham’s fourth field goal of 50 yards or longer this season, which is a career single-season high. He had three 50+ yard field goals in 2004 for Cincinnati.

 

·         Booted a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter which raised his season point total to a career-high 134. His previous high was 131 points in 2005 for Cincinnati.

 

CB KAREEM JACKSON

·         Led the team with eight tackles, including six solo stops, and had one pass defensed. The eight tackles were one shy of his career high of nine set in Week 3 at Denver (9/23).

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Set a career high in receiving yardage. Johnson finished the season with 1,598 yards, topping his previous high of 1,575 yards in 2008. His 112 catches were the second-most in his career, trailing only his total of 115 from 2008.

 

·         His 1,598 receiving yards were the fourth-most by a player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

 

Player                   Year         Age          Yards

Jerry Rice              1994         33             1,848

Marvin Harrison      2002         30             1,722

Jimmy Smith         1999         30             1,636

Andre Johnson     2012         31             1,598

 

·         Surpassed 1,500 receiving yards for the third time in his career, joining Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (4) and Marvin Harrison (3) as the only players in NFL history to surpass the 1,500-yard mark three or more times. Johnson topped the milestone on a 39-yard catch in the second quarter.

 

Player                                      1,500-Yard Seasons

Jerry Rice                                                              4

Andre Johnson                                                     3

Marvin Harrison                                                     3

 

·         Joined Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history to record three seasons with more than 100 receptions and 1,500 receiving yards. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is the only other player with multiple 100-1,500 seasons in his career.

 

Player                                      1,500-Yard Seasons

Andre Johnson                             2008, 2009, 2012

Marvin Harrison                              1999, 2001, 2002

Jerry Rice                                               1990, 1995

 

·         Recorded his 17th career game with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards, which is the most in NFL history. Johnson entered the day tied with New England WR Wes Welker, who plays later today, with 16 such games.

 

Player                    Career GP  10-100 Gms       Pct

Andre Johnson      138             17                12.32%

Wes Welker*           139             16                11.51%

Jerry Rice               303             15                 4.95%

Brandon Marshall    107             14                13.08%

Marvin Harrison       190             14                 7.37%

Tim Brown               255             13                 5.10%

* Welker plays later this afternoon.

 

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards on his 10th catch of the game, a pickup of 14 yards in the third quarter. It was his NFL-record 18th game with double-digit receptions; it was also his 44th career 100-yard game and his sixth this season.

 

·         Passed WR Keyshawn Johnson (814), WR Henry Ellard (814) and Hall of Fame TE Shannon Sharpe (815) for 22nd on the NFL’s all-time receptions list. He now has 818 career catches.

 

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 98 with a 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Returned a kickoff for the first time this season, picking up 18 yards on the return.

 

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Surpassed 4,000 passing yards in a season for the third time in his career. He entered the game needing 267 yards to reach the milestone and topped it with an 18-yard completion to RB Arian Foster in the fourth quarter. Schaub finished the season with 4,008 yards.

 

DE ANTONIO SMITH

·         Established a career high for sacks with 7.0 when he sacked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck for a loss of 7 yards in the second quarter. Smith’s previous high was 6.5 sacks in 2011.

 

DE J.J. WATT

·         Batted down his 16th pass of the season when he swatted away a throw in the second quarter.

 

·         Registered four solo tackles, all of which were behind the line of scrimmage, and had one quarterback hit on an incomplete pass. When combined with his pass defensed, he finished the game with six plays for no gain or negative yardage, giving him 95 such plays on the season.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, OLB Brooks Reed, CB Stanford Routt 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 Colts won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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First-quarter notes: Colts 7, Texans 3

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 30, 2012 – 12:42 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Texans trail the Indianapolis Colts 7-3:

DE J.J. WATT

·         Remained two sacks shy of Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL sack record (22.5) set in 2001. Watt entered the game with 20.5 sacks.

THE TEXANS  

·         Trailed at the end of the first quarter for the second consecutive game and the sixth time this season. Houston is 2-3 this season when trailing after the opening period.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

·         Challenged a play in the first quarter, arguing that the Indianapolis defense had 12 players on the field. Kubiak lost the challenge, dropping his record on coaches’ challenges to 1-2 on the season and 13-29 for his career.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 83 with a 6-yard catch in the first quarter.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Tied his season long with a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was Graham’s fourth field goal of 50 yards or longer this season, which is a career single-season high. He had three 50+ yard field goals in 2004 for Cincinnati.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 98 with a 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell, T Andrew Gardner, NT Terrell McClain, OLB Brooks Reed, CB Stanford Routt 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 Colts won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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Postgame notes: Texans 13, Bears 6

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 12, 2012 – 1:18 am

CHICAGO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 13-6 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 10 at Soldier Field.

THE WIN

·         Improved the Texans’ record to 8-1 on the season, giving the team its best record through nine games in team history.

·         Kept the Texans undefeated against the Bears, improving Houston’s all-time mark to 3-0 against Chicago.

·         Was the fourth consecutive road victory for the Texans, matching a franchise record. Houston previously won four consecutive road games from 12/20/09-10/3/10 and also from 10/23/11-12/11/11.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record in prime time to 5-8 and improved the team’s record on Sunday Night Football to 2-4.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Won the time of possession battle for the ninth time this season, holding the ball for 31:09. Houston improved to 46-19 under head coach Gary Kubiak when possessing the ball more than 30 minutes.

·         Outrushed the Bears, 127-115. The Texans improved to 7-0 this season and 44-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

·         Ran the ball 35 times in the game and improved to 40-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Helped the team post a positive turnover margin for the seventh time this season, with two giveaways and four takeaways for a plus-two margin. Houston is 7-0 this season when winning the turnover battle.

·         Scored a field goal following a fumble recovery in the first quarter. It was Houston’s 15th takeaway of the season and the 11th time the team scored following a takeaway. Houston has scored 57 points off of its 17 takeaways this season.

·         Opened the scoring for the fifth game this season when K Shayne Graham connected on a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter.

·         Led at the end of the first quarter for the sixth time this season, and at halftime and after three quarters for the eighth time this year.

·         Gained a season-low 215 yards of net offense. The 215 net yards were tied for the sixth-fewest in a victory in franchise history. Houston also gained 215 yards in wins at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.

·         Scored a season-low 13 points. The 13 points were tied for the second-fewest scored in a victory in franchise history. Houston scored 12 points in a win over Buffalo in 2003 (12-10, 11/16/03) and has scored 13 points in victories twice before, most recently on 12/14/08 vs. Tennessee, a 13-12 win.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Held Chicago to six points in the game. That point total was tied for the fourth-fewest points allowed in a game in team history. Houston has held its opponent to six points on six previous occasions, most recently on 10/4/09 vs. Oakland.

·         Held an opponent to fewer than 20 points for the seventh time this season and the 17th time over the last two years. Houston improved to 16-1 in those games over the last two years and 39-2 under Kubiak when allowing fewer than 20 points.

·         Limited Chicago’s offense to eight first downs in the game, which is tied for the second-fewest first downs allowed in a game in team history. Houston also allowed eight first downs vs. Oakland on 10/4/09. The franchise record is six allowed at Jacksonville on 12/26/04.

·         Held Chicago to 2-of-13 on third-down attempts in the game, for a 15 percent conversion rate. It was the fourth game this season in which Houston held its opponent to 20 percent or less on third-down conversions.

·         Forced three turnovers in the first quarter, which is the most in team history in the opening period. The Texans have previously forced two turnovers in the first quarter seven times, most recently on 9/11/11 vs. Indianapolis.

·         Forced three turnovers in a single quarter for the third time in team history and the second time this season. Houston forced four turnovers in the second quarter of the season opener vs. Miami (9/9) and forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter at Oakland on 12/3/06.

·         Forced four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumble recoveries) in the first half, to tie a franchise record for turnovers forced in the first half of a game. The Texans also forced four turnovers in the first half against Miami in the 2012 season opener on 9/9/12.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Recovered his first fumble of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked up a fumble on the first play of the game. He returned the fumble 28 yards.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Turned in his longest run of the season when he picked up 25 yards on a second-quarter carry. It was Forsett’s longest run since 2010 with Seattle.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored a touchdown in his 11th consecutive regular-season game when he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. The touchdown catch was his second of the season and the sixth of his career.

·         Topped 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game and the fifth time this season. Foster has run for 100 or more yards 21 times in his career. He finished the game with 102 yards on 29 carries.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Connected on field goals of 20 and 42 yards. It was his fifth game this season with multiple made field goals.

ILB BRADIE JAMES

·         Recovered a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first fumble recovery as a Texan and the 13th of his career.

CB KAREEM JACKSON

·         Intercepted his fourth pass of the season in the second quarter. It was the seventh interception of his career. Jackson is now tied for fourth with Jason Allen (2010-11) on the franchise’s all-time interception list.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 91 with an 11-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Caught the 750th pass of his career when he hauled in an 8-yard pass in the second quarter. Johnson entered the game with 748 career receptions.

·         Passed Hall of Fame WRs Michael Irvin and Charlie Joiner with his 751st career reception, his third catch of the game.

P DONNIE JONES

·         Boomed a 59-yard punt in the third quarter. He has now had at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in four consecutive games and in eight out of nine games this season.

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Forced a fumble on the first defensive play of the game. It was his first forced fumble of the season, his first as a Texan and the seventh of his career.

·         Tied his career high with his second interception of the season when he picked off Chicago QB Jay Cutler in the first quarter. It was his 11th career interception. Manning also had two interceptions in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his second forced fumble of the season and the second of his career. He also forced a fumble in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Won his 40th game as the Texans’ starting quarterback. He improved his record to 40-33 under center for Houston.

·         Tossed his 13th touchdown pass of the season when he hit RB Arian Foster for a 3-yard score in the second quarter.

LG WADE SMITH

·         Started the 75th game of his career.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, TE Owen Daniels, SSTroy Nolan, RB Ben Tate 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 and Johnson went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Bears won the toss and elected to defer their option until the second half.


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Off the Turf with Scurf: Danieal Manning

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 10, 2012 – 10:07 am

Episode 16 of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my semi-weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans strong safety Danieal Manning.

Manning, in his second season with the Texans and seventh in the NFL, has 32 tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown and three passes defensed. In the podcast, he discusses being nicknamed “Superman” in high school in Corsicana, Texas, where he was a highly-touted defensive back and track star; being recruited by Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Arkansas and Alabama and almost ending up at Texas A&M before signing with Nebraska in 2001; transferring to Division II Abilene Christian; playing for Gary Gaines, the former coach at Odessa Permian who was chronicled in the movie “Friday Night Lights”; his own experience of Texas high school football; playing scout team his first  year at ACU and ruining the team’s offense in practice; being named to the all-century team at ACU as an active player; getting drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears; going to the Super Bowl as a rookie in 2006; his disappointment over not receiving a long-term contract from Chicago after his rookie deal expired; leaving the Bears and joining the Texans as a free agent in 2011; playing for Wade Phillips and Vance Joseph; his increased comfort level in his second year in the defense; attending practice voluntarily during mini-camp this offseason just so he could watch; having 20-30 relatives in the Houston area and being able to have his family come to practices and games; his wife and kids; his faith; why Texans coach Gary Kubiak is a “players’ coach”; going back to Soldier Field to face the Bears; and whether Sunday night is a chance for the Texans defense to make a statement.

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


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Postgame notes: Texans 21, Bills 9

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 4, 2012 – 6:26 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 21-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium in Week 9:

THE WIN

·         Improved Houston’s record to 7-1 this year, extending the best start to a season in franchise history.

·         Evened Houston’s all-time record against Buffalo to 3-3 and gave the Texans their first win over Buffalo at Reliant Stadium.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record at Reliant Stadium to 43-42 in regular-season play.

·         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 54-50 overall and 33-20 at Reliant Stadium.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Scored first for the fourth time this season.

·         Won the time of possession battle for the eighth time this season, holding the ball for 34:03. Houston improved to 45-19 under head coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

·         Held the ball for 11:29 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

·         Outrushed the Bills, gaining 118 yards while allowing 78. The Texans improved to 6-0 this season and 43-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

·         Ran the ball 32 times in the game and improved to 39-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Did not turn the ball over for the fifth time this season and the second consecutive game.

·         Led after one quarter for the fifth time this season, and led at halftime and after three quarters for the seventh time this year.

·         Had a field goal blocked for the first time since 12/13/09 vs. Seattle when Buffalo DT Alex Carrington blocked K Shayne Graham’s 46-yard attempt in the second quarter.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Did not allow an offensive touchdown for the second time this season. Houston also held Miami’s offense out of the end zone in Week 1 (9/9).

·         Held Buffalo to nine points in the game. It marked the fifth game this season in which the Texans defense held its opponent to 14 points or fewer and the 14th time in 24 games under Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.

·         Limited Buffalo’s offense to 2-of-11 (18 percent) on third down in the game. It was the third time this season that Houston’s defense held its opponent below 20 percent on third downs and the fifth time Houston held its opponent below 30 percent.

·         Did not allow Buffalo to score a touchdown on any of its three possessions inside the Houston 20-yard line. It marked the third game this season in which Houston held its opponent without a touchdown in the red zone.

·         Helped Houston win the turnover battle for the sixth time this season, forcing one turnover while the offense did not commit a turnover. Houston has forced 14 turnovers through eight games this season.

·         Forced Buffalo’s offense to go three-and-out on four of its 11 possessions. Houston has forced 29 three-and-out drives out of 97 total possessions (29.9 percent) this season.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

·         Registered his second sack of the season and his second in as many games when he tackled Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter. It marked the sixth time in his career that Barwin recorded sacks in back-to-back games.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught his 19th pass of the season on a gain of 24 yards in the second quarter, establishing a new career single-season high. He caught 18 passes a year ago. Casey finished the game with three catches, giving him 21 on the season.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 76 with a 7-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Tied a career high with his fifth touchdown catch of the season on a 39-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter. The touchdown was the 25th of Daniels’ career.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

·         Recovered a fumble for the first time in his career when he scooped up a loose ball late in the fourth quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored a touchdown in his 10th consecutive game when he scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. The touchdown was his 10th rushing touchdown of the season and gave him 10 or more rushing scores in three consecutive seasons.

·         Topped 100 rushing yards for the 20th time in his career and the fourth time this season, ending the game with 111 yards on 24 carries with one touchdown. He passed the mark on a 19-yard gain in the fourth quarter. It was Foster’s first 100-yard game at Reliant Stadium this season.

TE GARRETT GRAHAM

·         Scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Saw his streak of 13 consecutive made field goals come to an end when his 46-yard attempt in the second quarter was blocked.

·         Kicked his 350th career extra point following RB Arian Foster’s touchdown in the third quarter. Graham is 351-of-356 in his career on point-after tries following today’s game.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the 40th time in his career and the second time this season, finishing with 118 yards on eight receptions. Johnson topped the century mark on an 18-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

·         Passed Andre Rison (10,205) for 34th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. He entered the game needing 106 yards to pass Rison and did so on an 18-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 90 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Recovered a short kickoff to begin the game. It was his first career kickoff return.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Returned a punt 26 yards in the third quarter. It was the longest return of his career and the second-longest of the season for the Texans, trailing a 36-yard return by WR Trindon Holliday in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive game when he jarred the ball out of the arms of Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter.

·         Registered his second sack in as many games when he dropped Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 2-yard loss on the final play of the game.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 39-33 overall and 24-12 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Completed 19-of-27 passes for 268 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 126.8. It was his fifth game this season with a rating of better than 100.

·         Threw his 11th touchdown pass of the season and the 109th of his career when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 39-yard score in the first quarter.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Garrett Graham for a 5-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter. It was Schaub’s fourth game of the season with multiple touchdown passes.

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         Started his 82nd game as a Texan, moving him past DE/OLB Mario Williams for fifth on the franchise’s all-time games started list.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Sacked Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter, raising his season total to 10.5. Watt became the third Texans to record 10 or more sacks in a season, joining DE Mario Williams (14.0, 2007; 12.0, 2008) and OLB Connor Barwin (11.5, 2011).

·         Became the 11th NFL player since 1982 to record 10 or more sacks and 10 or more passes defensed in a season.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Total paid attendance was 71,698, which is the third-largest crowd for a regular-season game in franchise history. Houston has sold out all 109 home games, including preseason, regular season and postseason, in franchise history.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, NT Terrell McClain, RB Ben Tate 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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