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Top-10 Texans through Week 5

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 11, 2012 – 10:52 am

Earlier today, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through five games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub
7th in passer rating (99.2)
9th in completion percentage (66.9)
9th in passing yards/attempt (7.64)
T-9th in passing touchdowns (8)
T-8th in interception percentage (1.5)

RB Arian Foster
1st in rushing attempts (132)
2nd in rushing yards (532)
1st in rushing touchdowns (5)
3rd in yards from scrimmage (592)
1st in scrimmage touchdowns (6)

DE J.J. Watt
2nd in sacks (7.5)
T-3rd in passes defensed (8)

CB Kareem Jackson
T-3rd in interceptions (3)

K Shayne Graham
T-4th in points, kickers (47)
T-7th in field goals made (10)

P Donnie Jones
T-4th in punts inside 20 (11)

ILB Tim Dobbins, OLB Jesse Nading
T-5th in special teams tackles (6)


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Top-10 Texans through Week 4

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 2, 2012 – 2:37 pm

Earlier today, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through four games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub
3rd in passer rating (105.3)
9th in completion percentage (66.9)
9th in passing yards/attempt (7.69)
T-7th in passing touchdowns (7)
T-3rd in interception percentage (0.8)

RB Arian Foster

1st in rushing attempts (103)
4th in rushing yards (380)
T-1st in rushing touchdowns (4)
10th in yards from scrimmage (424)
1st in scrimmage touchdowns (5)

DE J.J. Watt
1st in sacks (7.5)
T-2nd in fumble recoveries (2)

CB Kareem Jackson
T-7th in interceptions (2)

K Shayne Graham
T-8th in points, kickers (36)

ILB Tim Dobbins
T-1st in special teams tackles (6)

OLB Jesse Nading
T-7th in special teams tackles (5)


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Top-10 Texans through Week 3

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 28, 2012 – 10:46 am

On Wednesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through three games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub
6th in passing yards/attempt (7.82)
T-7th in passing touchdowns (5)
T-7th in passer rating (102.4)

RB Arian Foster
1st in rushing attempts (79)
6th in rushing yards (294)
T-1st in rushing touchdowns (3)
T-3rd in rushing first downs (14)
7th in yards from scrimmage (330)
T-1st in scrimmage touchdowns (4)

RB Ben Tate
T-8th in rushing touchdowns (2)

WR Andre Johnson
9th in receiving average (16.3)

DE J.J. Watt
2nd in sacks (5.5)
T-9th in passes defensed (5)

K Shayne Graham
T-10th in field goals made (6)
T-6th in points, kickers (28)

P Donnie Jones
8th in punting average (49.3)
T-4th in punting long (66)

OLB Jesse Nading
T-4th in special teams tackles


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Texans-Broncos connections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Texans 26, Panthers 13: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 12, 2012 – 2:11 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ award-winning communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 26-13 preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium:

THE WIN…

  • Improved Houston’s all-time preseason record to 17-25, 8-13 on the road and 6-5 in preseason openers.
  • Improved the Texans’ preseason record against Carolina to 1-0.
  • Improved Houston’s record in preseason games against NFC South opponents to 6-9 all-time.
  • Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s career preseason record to 14-11 and 5-2 in preseason openers.

TEAM NOTES

  • The Texans outrushed the Panthers, gaining 174 yards on the ground to Carolina’s 61.
  • The Texans outgained the Panthers overall, 375 to 137. The Texans defense limited Carolina to 12 first downs.
  • The Texans dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 37:41.
  • The Texans’ starting defense forced a three-and-out in each of their first two series of the preseason, holding the Panthers offense to one yard of net offense on the two drives.
  • The Texans defense recorded two takeaways, an interception and a fumble recovery. The two takeaways along with a fumble and an interception by the offense gave Houston an even turnover margin in the game.
  • The Texans defense registered eight total sacks, with six different players accounting for them.
  • The Texans’ starting offense drove 65 yards in nine plays for a field goal on its first possession of the preseason, capping the drive with a 20-yard field goal from K Shayne Graham.
  • The Texans rushed for 174 yards in the game, marking the fourth time in three years under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison that the Texans have rushed for more than 170 yards in a preseason game.
  • The Texans led 10-3 at the end of the first quarter, were tied at halftime, 13-13, and led after three quarters 23-13.
  • The Panthers won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

  • QB John Beck finished the night 4-of-6 for 46 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 89.6. Beck engineered the Texans’ first touchdown drive of the night, an 11-play, 61-yard march in the third quarter.
  • OLB Bryan Braman sacked Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen for 5-yard loss early in the fourth quarter. It was his first sack in the preseason and the defense’s fifth of the night.
  • K Randy Bullock capped the Texans’ scoring with a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter following the two-minute warning. Bullock was 2-of-2 on the night with the 52-yarder and a 21-yarder in the second quarter.
  • ILB Tim Dobbins sacked Carolina QB Derek Anderson for a 7-yard loss in the second quarter. It was Houston’s third sack of the first half.
  • Dobbins teamed with OLB Whitney Mercilus to sack Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave each of them 1.5 for the game.
  • K Shayne Graham was perfect on both of his field goal attempts, hitting from 20 yards in the first quarter and from 37 yards in the third quarter.
  • RB Jonathan Grimes scored the Texans’ first offensive touchdown of the preseason on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. The score came as the result of an interception and capped an 11-play, 61-yard drive.
  • WR Trindon Holliday returned a first-quarter kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. It was the second kickoff return for a score in team preseason history. WR Reggie Swinton had a 102-yard return for touchdown in 2005 at Dallas (8/27/05). Holliday finished the game with 182 total return yards, including 159 in kickoff returns.
  • OLB Whitney Mercilus registered the first sack of his career when he dropped Carolina QB Derek Anderson for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter.
  • Mercilus teamed with ILB Tim Dobbins to sack Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave each of them 1.5 for the game.
  • OLB Jesse Nading sacked Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen for a 5-yard loss in the fourth quarter. It was the sixth sack of the night for the Texans defense.
  • FS Troy Nolan intercepted a pass on Carolina’s opening drive of the third quarter, setting up an eventual touchdown. It was his third career interception in preseason play after he had two picks in the 2011 preseason.
  • OLB Brooks Reed registered a sack for a 10-yard loss on Houston’s second defensive series.
  • QB Matt Schaub finished the night 3-of-6 for 52 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He led three drives: a 9-play, 65-yard scoring drive; a 1-play, 11-yard drive that ended with a fumble; and a 2-play, 12-yard drive that ended with an interception. His final passer rating was 40.3.
  • QB T.J. Yates led a 16-play, 68-yard drive in his first action of the night. The drive was capped by a 21-yard field goal from K Randy Bullock.
  • Yates completed 8-of-12 pass attempts for 89 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 88.5.
  • Texans scratches included DE Jared Crick, ILB Brian Cushing, LB Keyaron Fox, ILB Omar Gaither, NT Ra’Shon Harris, WR Jerrell Jackson, WR Andre Johnson, WR Bryant Johnson, DE J.J. Watt and ILB Greg Williams.

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Ravens 20, Texans 13: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 15, 2012 – 10:57 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 20-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium:

THE TEXANS…

  • Outrushed the Ravens 131 to 87. It was the second consecutive postseason game in which Houston outrushed its opponent and the 14th game overall this year.
  • Limited Baltimore to 227 yards of total offense and an average of 3.6 yards per play. Houston gave up only 11 first downs in the game, which is tied for the second-fewest given up in a game this year. Houston held Cleveland to 10 first downs on 11/6.
  • Scored first for the first time in the postseason and the 13th time overall this season. Houston fell to 9-5 in those games this year and 0-1 in the playoffs.
  • Trailed after each of the first three quarters. It was the first time this postseason that Houston trailed in each instance. Overall, Houston has trailed after one quarter four times, with a record of 1-3 in those games, and has trailed at halftime and after three quarters five times each and is 1-4 in both instances.
  • Team captains were WR Andre Johnson and C Chris Myers on offense; ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense; and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
  • The Ravens won the toss and deferred the option to the second half. The Texans elected to receive the opening kickoff.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

  • Rushed for 132 yards on the day, giving him a two-game total of 285 this postseason. That is the most by any running back in NFL history in his first two playoff games, surpassing Dallas RB Duane Thomas’ total of 278 yards in 1970.
  • His 132 rushing yards were the sixth-most by a player against Baltimore’s defense in a game, regular season or postseason, since 2000 and the most since 9/26/10 when Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis rushed for 144 yards against the Ravens.
  • Rushed for 95 yards on 15 carries in the first half. His 95 yards are most that Baltimore’s defense has ever surrendered to a single player in a postseason game. The previous high was 91 yards by Eddie George for Tennessee on 1/7/01.
  • Scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Foster has scored a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games and in back-to-back playoff games.
  • Became the 17th player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back postseason games. He topped the century mark on his first carry of the second half, his 16th of the game.
  • Has topped 100 rushing yards in four consecutive games dating back to the regular season.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the first time in his postseason career. He topped the century mark on his eighth catch of the day, a gain of 16 yards late in the fourth quarter. Johnson has 38 career 100-yard games in regular-season play.
  • Topped 100 receiving yards for the second consecutive game against Baltimore. He caught nine passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens on 12/13/10.

FS DANIEAL MANNING

  • Returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to the Baltimore 41-yard line. The return was his longest of the season, bettering a 46-yard return in the season opener vs. Indianapolis (9/11).

OLB JESSE NADING

  • Forced a fumble on a kickoff return in the first quarter. It was Nading’s first career forced fumble in either regular season or postseason action.

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Connected on his second field goal of the game when he hit a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter. It marked Rackers’ second career playoff game with multiple field goals. He made four-of-five field goal attempts in a Divisional Playoff at Carolina on 1/10/09 as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

OLB BROOKS REED

  • Was credited with his second sack and his first forced fumble of the postseason when he stripped the ball out of Baltimore QB Joe Flacco’s hand in the first quarter. It was Reed’s first career forced fumble.
  • Notched his second sack of the game when he dropped Flacco for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter.
  • Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack Flacco for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter. It gave Watt and Reed each 2.5 sacks on the day, which is a career high for both.

DE J.J. WATT

  • Registered his second sack of the postseason when he tackled Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter.
  • Made his second sack of the game when he dropped Flacco for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter, tying his career high. He had 2.0 sacks at Jacksonville (11/27).
  • Teamed with OLB Brooks Reed to sack Flacco for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter. It gave Watt and Reed each 2.5 sacks on the day, which is a career high for both.
  • Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hits.

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Titans 23, Texans 22: Postgame Notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 1, 2012 – 8:07 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 23-22 loss to the Titans at Reliant Stadium in Week 17:

THE TEXANS…

  • Finished the season with a franchise-best record of 10-6. With the loss today, Houston finished the season 5-3 at home, 4-2 against AFC South opponents and 1-1 against Tennessee. Houston’s 4-2 intra-division record matches the best in team history.
  • Outrushed the Titans, gaining 152 yards on the ground to Tennessee’s 60. It was the 11th time this season that the Texans outrushed their opponents, and the Texans fell to 8-3 in those games.
  • Won the time of possession battle for the 12th time this season, holding the ball for 34:38. Houston fell to 9-3 in those games
  • Scored on their opening possession of the game for the ninth time this season and the second game in a row.
  • Led after the first quarter for the 12th time this season.
  • Trailed at halftime for the fourth time this season.
  • Scored on their opening possession of the second half for the 10thtime this season and the fourth consecutive game.
  • Were tied after three quarters for the second time this season.
  • Sold out their 100th consecutive home game, including regular season and preseason contests, with a crowd of 71,512. Houston has sold out every home game in franchise history.
  • Team captains were WR Andre Johnson and C Chris Myers on offense, ILBs Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
  • The Titans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

TEAM RECORDS SET IN 2011…

  • Wins (10) – Previous record was 9 in 2009
  • Consecutive wins (7) – Previous record was 6 from 12/13/09-9/19/10
  • Fewest touchdowns allowed (27) – Previous record was 39 in 2004 and 2009
  • Fewest points allowed (278) – Previous record was 333 in 2009
  • Fewest yards allowed (4,571) – Previous record was 5,198 in 2009
  • Rushing yards gained (2,448) – Previous record was 2,042 in 2010
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed (1,536) – Previous record was 1,711 in 2009
  • Fewest net passing yards allowed (3,035) – Previous record was 3,141 in 2002
  • Fewest first downs allowed (270) – Previous record was 291 in 2002
  • Fewest interceptions thrown (9) – Previous record was 12 in 2010
  • Sacks (44.0) – Previous record was 37 in 2005
  • Home attendance (Season avg. 71, 496) – Previous high was 71,081 in 2010

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

  • Saw his record drop to 47-49 with the loss.
  • Lost the final game of the regular season for the first time in his six seasons as head coach.

CB JASON ALLEN

  • Made his first start since Week 5 vs. Oakland (10/9), starting in place of an inactive Johnathan Joseph. Allen finished the game with two solo tackles.

G THOMAS AUSTIN

  • Saw action for the second time this season and got his most extensive playing time when he subbed for starting C Chris Myers in the second half.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN

  • Teamed with OLB Jesse Nading to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. It was the first sack of his career.

FB JAMES CASEY

  • Caught his career-high sixth pass of the season when he hauled in a 15-yard throw in the third quarter. His previous high was five receptions in Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25). He finished the game with seven catches for 91 yards with a long of 21.

QB JAKE DELHOMME

  • Made his Texans debut when he stepped in for starter T.J. Yates in the first quarter. Delhomme completed 18-of-28 pass attempts for 211 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 99.0.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

  • Led the team with a career-high six tackles, all of which were solo stops.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

  • Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

T ANDREW GARDNER

  • Made his NFL debut when he came on for a field goal attempt in the third quarter.

TE GARRETT GRAHAM

  • Caught his first career pass, a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games played with a sack to 82 when he caught a 5-yard pass in the first quarter.

WR BRYANT JOHNSON

  • Caught a season-long 40-yard pass in the fourth quarter. The catch was his longest since 11/16/08 when he caught 42-yard pass for San Francisco against St. Louis.
  • Caught his first touchdown of the season and the 16th of his career when QB Jake Delhomme hit him in the back of the end zone from 5 yards out late in the fourth quarter. It was Johnson’s first touchdown catch since 1/3/10 when he caught a 12-yard touchdown for Detroit against Chicago.

WR JACOBY JONES

  • Caught three passes for 35 yards, which put him over 500 receiving yards for the second consecutive season. He entered the game needing 23 yards to reach the milestone.

FS SHILOH KEO

  • Saw his first career action as a punt returner. He fair caught the first punt that came his way and finished the game with one return for 11 yards.

NT EARL MITCHELL

  • Finished the game with a career-high six tackles, including five solo stops, and one pass defensed. His previous high was five tackles vs. Carolina (12/18).

OLB JESSE NADING

  • Registered his first partial sack of the season when he teamed with OLB Bryan Braman to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave Nading 4.0 for his career.
  • Recovered the first fumble of his career in the fourth quarter.

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Made all three field goal attempts, hitting from 72, 37 and 22 yards, to give him a franchise-record 32 field goals on the season. The previous mark was 29 field goals by Kris Brown in 2008.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

  • Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave him 5.5 on the season, which matches his career high set in 2007 with Arizona. It also moved him past Jason Babin into third on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 14.0.
  • Notched his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack gave him a career-high 6.5 on the season. His 2.0 sacks also tied a career single-game high, matching his performance at Oakland on 10/3/10.

RB BEN TATE

  • Made his second career start and his first since Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25), finishing with 97 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
  • Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run to cap the Texans’ opening drive. His last touchdown was in Week 11 at Tampa Bay (11/13).
  • Ran for a 56-yard gain on the first play of the second half. It was the longest run of the season for the Texans and the longest of his career. The previous long was a 44-yard run by Tate at Cincinnati (12/11).
  • Had a career-high 24 receiving yards and tied a career high with four receptions. His previous bests were four catches and 13 receiving yards, both at Miami in Week 2 (9/18).

RB DERRICK WARD

  • Finished the game with season highs in rushing attempts and rushing yards, carrying 12 times for 50 yards. His previous highs were 11 attempts and 39 yards, both against Indianapolis in Week 1 (9/11).

QB T.J. YATES

  • Started for the fifth time and completed all four of his pass attempts for 47 yards before leaving the game early in the first quarter.

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Texans 37, Bucs 9: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2011 – 10:56 am

Notes from the Texans’ 37-9 Week 10 victory at Tampa Bay, courtesy of the team’s communications staff:

THE WIN…

* Improved the Texans to 7-3, the best record through 10 games in franchise history. It also marks the first time the Texans have been four games above .500.

* Extended Houston’s winning streak to four games, tying a franchise record from 2009.

* Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 44-46 and 2-0 against Tampa Bay.

* Improved Houston’s record against Tampa Bay to 2-1 in the all-time series and gave the Texans their first win at Raymond James Stadium.

TEAM OFFENSE NOTES

* The Texans outrushed the Buccaneers 185-90. It was the seventh time this season and fourth consecutive game in which Houston outrushed its opponent. The team improved to 6-1 in those games and 35-13 under Kubiak when outrushing its opponent.

* The Texans ran the ball 44 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns in the win, improving the team’s record to 7-0 this season and 30-3 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

* The Texans won the time of possession battle for the ninth time this season, holding the ball for 35:06, and improved to 7-2 in those games.

* Houston scored on its opening possession for the seventh time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the sixth time this year. The Texans have now scored 44 points on their game-opening possessions, which is the most in the NFL this season.

* The Texans scored on their opening possession of the second half for the fifth consecutive game, going 65 yards in seven plays, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown run by RB Arian Foster. The touchdown gave Houston 34 points on their second-half opening possessions this year.

* Houston had two completions of more than 60 yards in the same game for the first time in franchise history. The only times Houston has had multiple passes of 50 yards or more were earlier this season vs. Oakland (10/9), when RB Arian Foster had a 60-yard reception and TE Joel Dreessen had a 56-yard touchdown catch; and at Jacksonville on 12/24/05, when WR Andre Johnson caught a 53-yard touchdown and WR Corey Bradford caught a 50-yard touchdown.

* Houston’s 91-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was the Texans’ League-best seventh scoring drive of 90 yards or more this season.

* Houston’s second drive covered 80 yards and took 7:24 off the clock before ending with a 22-yard field goal. It was the Texans’ League-leading 21st drive of 5:00 or more this season.

TEAM DEFENSE NOTES

* Houston’s three interceptions tied for the third-most in a game in franchise history. The Texans had four interceptions on 10/17/04 at Tennessee and 11/12/06 at Jacksonville.

* The three interceptions raised the team’s total to 14 on the season, surpassing last year’s total of 13 interceptions.

* Houston’s defense held Tampa Bay to 9 points. It was the seventh game this season and fourth consecutive game in which the defense held its opponent below 20 points.

* The Texans recorded four takeaways without giving up any turnovers of their own for a plus-four turnover margin. It marked the seventh time this season that Houston posted a positive turnover margin, and the team improved to 5-2 in those games.

* The Texans defense has intercepted at least one pass in nine consecutive games.

* Houston has scored 90 points off of 20 takeaways this season, including 14 points off of four takeaways today. The Texans have scored following 14 of their 20 takeaways this year.

* The Texans defense held Tampa Bay to 1 yard of total offense in the third quarter. That is the fewest yards allowed in the third period in franchise history, bettering the previous low of 6 yards at Cincinnati (10/18/09).

* The Texans defense sacked Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman four times in the game. Coming into the game, he had only been sacked 10 times on the season.

* The four sacks raised the defense’s total to 28.0 on the year, nearly matching the 16-game total of 30.0 from 2010.

* The Texans defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt for the second consecutive game.

* Houston led after the first quarter for the ninth time in 10 games this season, at halftime for the eighth time and after three quarters for the ninth time.

* Tampa Bay K Connor Barth’s 55-yard field goal at the end of the first half was the sixth field goal of 50 yards or longer by a Texans opponent this season, which is tied for the most against any team in the NFL this season along with Minnesota. Texans opponents are 6-of-6 from 50+ yards this season.

* Team captains were QB Matt Schaub and C Chris Myers on offense, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.

* The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

* Successfully challenged a play in the first quarter that an apparent interception was an incomplete pass. The successful challenge improved Kubiak’s record on challenges to 2-3 this season and 12-25 in his career.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

* Notched his fourth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter.

* Added a half-sack on Tampa’s next possession, teaming with DE J.J. Watt to drop Freeman for a 7-yard loss. The sack gave Barwin 4.5 on the season, matching his career single-season high from 2009.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING

* Registered his third sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave Cushing 8.5 for his career.

* Intercepted his second pass of the season when he caught a deflected pass in the third quarter. It was his sixth career interception.

* Led the team with eight tackles, all solos. It marked the eighth time in 10 games that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS

* Extended his streak of consecutive games with a  reception to 63 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

* Intercepted his second pass in as many games when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the fourth quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

* Caught a 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his second 78-yarder of the season. He also did so on 10/23 at Tennessee. Both receptions are tied for the second-longest TD catch in team history.

* Scored his 25th career rushing touchdown and his sixth of the season on a 5-yard run in the third quarter. Foster has run for at least one touchdown in four consecutive games.

* Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the third time this season. He topped the century mark on a 13-yard catch in the third quarter. He also had 116 receiving yards vs. Oakland (10/9) and 119 yards at Tennessee (10/23).

WR JACOBY JONES

* Caught the longest touchdown pass in Texans history when he hauled in a throw from QB Matt Schaub on the first play of the game and took it 80-yards for a score. The previous long was 78-yards by RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).

* Jones’ 80-yard touchdown catch was also the longest of his career, bettering a 47-yard catch last season at Denver (12/26/10). The touchdown was his second of the season and the 11th of his career.

QB MATT LEINART

* Made his debut as a Houston Texan, coming on as a substitute in the fourth quarter.

CB BRICE McCAIN

* Intercepted his second pass of the season when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the third quarter. He returned the interception 10 yards to the Tampa Bay 14-yard line.

OLB JESSE NADING

* Recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter, giving him his first career kickoff return.

K NEIL RACKERS

* Passed Joe Nedney (1,113) for 36th on the NFL’s all-time kick scoring list. He entered the game with 1,009 career points and his 7 points in the game gave him 1,016 for his career.

* Saw his streak of 69 consecutive made extra point attempts come to an end following Houston’s opening touchdown when his kick was blocked by Tampa Bay DT Albert Haynesworth. The last time the Texans had an extra point attempt blocked was on 10/29/06 at Tennessee when Robaire Smith blocked Kris Brown’s try.

OLB BROOKS REED

* Picked up his fifth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter. He is tied for the team lead with OLB Mario Williams whose place he took after Williams was placed on injured reserve.

* Has now registered at least one sack in each of his last four games, which ties him with DE Antonio Smith for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Williams holds the record with sacks in six straight games.

QB MATT SCHAUB

* Improved his record as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans to 32-32 with the victory.

* Tossed the longest pass of his career when he hit WR Jacoby Jones for an 80-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game. The throw was the longest touchdown completion in franchise history, bettering a 78-yard touchdown pass to RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).

* Became the first quarterback with two touchdown passes of 78 yards or longer in the same game since Brett Favre did so in 2007 for Green Bay vs. Denver (10/29/07).

* Finished 11-of-15 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a career-high passer rating of 154.9.

* The performance marked Schaub’s fifth game this season with a rating better than 100. Houston is 4-1 in those games.

RB BEN TATE

* Scored his third rushing touchdown of the season when he scored from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter.

WR KEVIN WALTER

* Hauled in the 300th reception of his career on his first catch of the game, a 6-yarder in the first quarter.

RB DERRICK WARD

* Scored from 4 yards out in the third quarter. It was his 12th career rushing touchdown and his second of the season.

DE J.J. WATT

* Notched a half-sack in the third quarter, giving him 2.5 sacks on the year. He and OLB Connor Barwin teamed up to tackle Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 7-yard loss.


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Nading gets eighth practice squad spot

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 6, 2011 – 4:29 pm

The Texans have filled the eighth and final spot on their practice squad with outside linebacker Jesse Nading.

Nading made it through the Texans’ initial roster cuts on Saturday but was waived Monday to make room for punter Brett Hartmann and guard Thomas Austin.  A third-year pro who was undrafted out of Colorado State, Nading had one sack and one forced fumble in the preseason.

Nading has been on and off the Texans’ practice squad in three seasons with the team. He had nine tackles and 0.5 sacks in five games last season before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury on Dec. 7.

Here’s a listing of the full practice squad:

ILB Mister Alexander
C Howard Barbieri
G Andrew Gardner
WR Trindon Holliday
SS Shiloh Keo
WR Jeff Maehl
OLB Jesse Nading
RB Chris Ogbonnaya


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Texans-Jets halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 15, 2011 – 7:45 pm

We’re at halftime of the Texans preseason opener game against the New York Jets at Reliant Stadium. The Jets will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

13-3: The score, in favor of the Texans
122-119: Total yards, in favor of the Texans
85-71: Passing yards, in favor of the Texans
48-37: Rushing yards, in favor of the Jets
16:15-13:45: Time of possession, in favor of the Jets
4: Sacks by the Texans’ defense in the first half of Wade Phillips’ debut
8: Sacks for the Texans in the entire preseason last year
1: Turnover forced by the Texans, on a sack/fumble by OLB Jesse Nading
2: Sacks for ILB Xavier Adibi
114.2: Passer rating for Texans QB Matt Leinart, who’s 7-of-11 for 76 yards and a TD
86: Total yards for Texans RB Chris Ogbonnaya (32 rushing, 54 receiving)
1: TD for Ogbonnaya, on four-yard pass from Leinart
48:
Average distance on Texans K Neil Rackers’ two field goals (49 and 47 yards)


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