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Texans-Patriots Divisional Playoff inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 13, 2013 – 2:09 pm

FOXBORO — Here are the inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Divisional Round playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
30 CB Stanford Routt
49 ILB Cameron Collins
62 G Antoine Caldwell
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
97 NT Terrell McClain

Texans starting lineup changes

Patriots inactives
16 WR Kamar Allen
26 S Derrick Martin
41 CB Malcolm Williams
65 OL Nick McDonald
66 OL Markus Zusevics
86 TE Daniel Fells
92 DE Jake Bequette

Patriots starting lineup changes


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Texans-Bengals Wild Card inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2013 – 2:13 pm

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Wild Card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
30 CB Stanford Routt
40 FB Tyler Clutts
62 G Antoine Caldwell
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
97 NT Terrell McClain

Texans starting lineup changes
Barrett Ruud will start at inside linebacker for Tim Dobbins, who was placed on IR on Friday.

Bengals inactives
11 WR Dane Sanzenbacher
25 CB Jason Allen
33 S Chris Crocker
34 HB Daniel Herron
75 DT Devon Still
79 DT Brandon Thompson
89 TE Richard Quinn

Bengals starting lineup changes
Marvin Jones will start at wide receiver for Brandon Tate. Kyle Cook will start at center for Trevor Robinson. Robert Geathers will start at defensive end for Carlos Dunlap. Nate Clements will start at strong safety for Chris Crocker.


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Postgame notes: Texans 24, Titans 10

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 2, 2012 – 5:17 pm

NASHVILLE — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from Week 13 at LP Field, where the Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 24-10:

THE WIN

·         Secured the franchise’s second consecutive playoff berth.

·         Gave Houston a franchise-record 11 wins on the season.

·         Extended Houston’s franchise-record road winning streak to six consecutive games.

·         Extended Houston’s winning streak to six games, which is the second-longest streak in team history behind a seven-game win streak in 2011.

·         Gave Houston a sweep of Tennessee for the second time in team history and the first time since 2004 and gave the Texans their third win in four years at LP Field.

·         Improved Houston’s record against AFC South foes to 4-0 on the season.

·         Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 58-50 overall, 18-22 against the AFC South and 24-30 on the road.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Scored on their opening possession for the fifth time this season and scored a touchdown on their first possession for the fourth time on the year.

·         Scored first for the seventh time this season.

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

·         Scored a touchdown following ILB Tim Dobbins’ interception in the second quarter and a field goal following OLB Whitney Mercilus’ fumble recovery in the third, giving Houston 67 points off of 26 takeaways on the year.

·         Held the ball for more than 30:00 for the 13th consecutive game. Houston had the ball for 33:48 in the game.

·         Ran the 35 times for 125 yards, improving Houston’s record to 42-5 under Kubiak when running the ball 30 or more times.

·         Outrushed the Titans 125-89. Houston improved to 10-0 this season and 47-16 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Established a franchise record with six takeaways in the game. Houston previously forced five turnovers in a game five times, most recently on 11/23/08 at Cleveland.

·         Forced turnovers on consecutive plays for the second time this season. Houston forced turnovers on three consecutive defensive plays in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

·         Established a season high with 6.0 sacks in the game. Houston’s defense registered 4.0 sacks vs. Tennessee (9/30), in Week 7 vs. Baltimore (10/21) and in Week 9 vs. Buffalo (11/4). The 6.0 sacks were tied for the second-most in team history and were the most since Houston tied a franchise record with 7.0 at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.

·         Held Tennessee to 10 points in the game. It was the eighth time this season that the Texans held their opponents below 20 points. Houston improved to 8-0 this season and 40-2 under Kubiak when allowing fewer than 20 points.

·         Limited the Titans to 4-of-15 (27 percent) on third down attempts. It was the eighth time this season that the Texans have held their opponent below 30 percent on third downs.

CB ROC CARMICHAEL

·         Saw the most extensive playing time of his career and finished the game with a career-high four tackles, including three solos, and one pass defensed.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught his third touchdown pass of the season on a 5-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter. It was Casey’s fourth career touchdown catch.

NT SHAUN CODY

·         Registered a pass defensed in his second consecutive game when he tipped a pass in the second quarter. The ball was intercepted by ILB Tim Dobbins to set up a touchdown.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 79 with a 14-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Caught his 50th pass of the season on a gain of 19 yards in the third quarter. It marked the fourth time in his career that Daniels has caught at least 50 passes.

·         Started his 87th game, which ties him with WR Kevin Walter and moves them each past former Texans RT Eric Winston for third on the team’s all-time games started list.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Registered his third career interception and his first as a Texan when he picked off a tipped pass in the second quarter and returned it 7 yards to the Tennessee 3-yard line.

·         Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his third fumble recovery of the season and the sixth of his career.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored his 13th rushing touchdown of the season when he reached the end zone on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. The score tied him with RB Domanick Williams’ total from 2004 for the second-most in a season in team history. Foster holds the franchise record with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Scored his 100th point of the season when he hit his third extra point of the game. It marked his sixth career 100-point season and his first since 2007.

·         Connected on a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter. It was his 11th career field goal of 50 yards or longer and his second as a Texan.

CB BRANDON HARRIS

·         Led the team in tackles with a career-high six, including five solos. He also had a career-high two passes defensed.

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he took a quick throw and turned it up the sideline 54 yards to the end zone in the first quarter. The 54-yard catch was the longest of his career, bettering his previous long of 46 yards

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 94 with a 15-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Moved into the top 30 on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list with his first catch of the game, a gain of 15 yards in the first quarter. He entered the game needing three yards to pass Stanley Morgan (10,716).

P DONNIE JONES

·         Punted 10 times, which tied for the second-most in a game in team history. His 10 punts were the most by a Texans punter since Brett Hartmann had 10 at Jacksonville on 11/27/11. The team record is 11 punts by Chad Stanley on 12/1/02 at Indianapolis.

·         Had a season-high five punts downed inside the Tennessee 20-yard line. That is one shy of his career high of six, set on 12/6/09 at Chicago as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

·         Booted a 55-yard punt in the second quarter. He has now hit at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in 10 of Houston’s 12 games this season.

·         Boomed a 64-yard punt in the third quarter. It was his fourth punt of the season of longer than 60 yards.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Returned a first-quarter punt 42 yards. It was his second return of more than 40 yards this season. He had a 71-yard return in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/18).

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Made his first career start at WLB and finished the game with two tackles, both of which were sacks, and a fumble recovery.

·         Passed DE Mario Williams (4.5, 2006) for fifth and tied LB Brian Cushing (5.0, 2009) for fourth on the franchise’s rookie sack list. He is one sack shy of the club rookie record of 6.0 set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.

·         Registered his fourth sack of the season and his fourth in five games when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter.

·         Recovered a fumble in the third quarter, the first of his career.

·         Registered his second sack of the game and fifth of the season when he dropped Locker for a loss of 5 yards in the third quarter.

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Intercepted his second pass of the season and the fifth of his career when he picked off Tennessee QB Jake Locker on the final play of the second quarter.

ILB BARRETT RUUD

·         Registered his first sack as a Texan and the sixth of his career when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a loss of 8 yards in the third quarter. It was Ruud’s first sack since 12/26/10 vs. Seattle as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 43-33 overall and 18-21. He led the Texans to victory for the 15th time in his last 16 starts and won his eighth consecutive start on the road.

·         Threw his 20th touchdown pass of the season when he hit WR Lestar Jean for a 54-yard catch and run on Houston’s first possession. It marked the third season in his career in which Schaub has thrown 20 or more touchdowns.

·         Threw his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit FB James Casey on a 5-yard scoring toss in the first quarter, giving Schaub his sixth multi-touchdown performance of the season.

·         Surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the fourth time in his career. He topped the milestone on a 21-yard pass to WR Andre Johnson in the second quarter. He entered the game with 2,855 yards on the season.

·         Picked up 8 yards on a run in the second quarter. It was his longest carry of the season and his longest since 11/14/10 when he had an 8-yard scamper at Jacksonville.

·         Caught his first career pass when he grabbed a tipped pass. He was tackled for a loss of 6 yards on the play.

ILB DARRYL SHARPTON

·         Intercepted a pass for the first time in his career when he grabbed a deflected pass in the fourth quarter. He returned the interception for a 2-yard loss.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

·         Recovered a fumble for the first time this season and the 11th time this season when he scooped up a loose ball in the second quarter.

·         Notched his 20th sack as a Texan and his fifth of the season when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter.

·         Forced a fumble in the third quarter that was recovered by OLB Whitney Mercilus. It was Smith’s second forced fumble of the season and the ninth of his career.

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         Started his 87th game, which ties him with TE Owen Daniels and moves them each past former Texans RT Eric Winston for third on the team’s all-time games started list.

·         Surpassed 4,000 receiving yards as a Texan on an 18-yard catch in the fourth quarter, becoming the third player in franchise history to reach the milestone along with WR Andre Johnson and TE Owen Daniels. He entered the game with 3,976 yards with the team.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Joined Hall of Fame DE Reggie White as the only players in NFL history to record 15 or more sacks and 13 passes defensed in a season when he sacked Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack gave him 15.5 on the year to go along with 15 passes defensed. White had 15.0 sacks and 13 passes defensed in 1991.

·         Set a League record for the most passes defensed in a season by a defensive lineman. Watt now has 15 passes defensed on the year, bettering the previous mark of 13 by Hall of Fame DE Reggie White in 1991.

·         Tipped a pass on the final play of the second quarter, leading to an interception by FS Glover Quin. It was the eighth takeaway that Watt has been involved in this season. He also has two fumble recoveries and the forced fumble he caused earlier in the game.

·         Forced the first fumble of his career when he knocked the ball out of the arms of Tennessee RB Chris Johnson in the second quarter.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell, ILB Bradie James, CB Johnathan Joseph, RT Derek Newton, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

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

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


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First-quarter notes: Lions 7, Texans 0

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 22, 2012 – 12:40 pm

DETROIT — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter of Week 12 at Ford Field, where the Texans trail the Lions 7-0:

THE TEXANS
·         Gave up their first rushing touchdown of the season when Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure scored from 2 yards out to cap the Lions’ first drive of the game. Houston had not allowed a rushing touchdown in the first 219 opponent rushing attempts this season.

·         Trailed at the end of the first quarter for the third time this season. Houston is 1-1 when trailing after the opening period.

CB ROC CARMICHAEL
·         Made his professional debut when he took the field for the opening kickoff. He spent his rookie season on the Reserve/Injured list with a shoulder injury and was inactive for Houston’s first 10 games this season.

TE OWEN DANIELS
·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 78 with a 7-yard catch in the first quarter.

P DONNIE JONES
·         Punted three times in the first quarter and had each punt downed inside the Detroit 20-yard line. His first two punts traveled 52 and 53 yards, and his third was a 36-yarder that was downed at the Lions 10-yard line.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Sacked Detroit QB Matthew Stafford for a 7-yard loss on the first play of the game, raising his season total to 12.5. The sack moved him past DE/OLB Mario Williams (12.0, 2008) for the second-highest single-season total in team history. Williams holds the franchise record with 14.0 sacks in 2007.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS
·         Inactive players for the Texans were NT Shaun Cody, ILB Tim Dobbins, T Andrew Gardner, CB Johnathan Joseph, WR DeVier Posey, 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, Johnson and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

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


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Texans-Jaguars inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 10:36 am

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 11 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
44 RB Ben Tate
52 ILB Tim Dobbins
67 G Cody White
79 G Brandon Brooks
95 NT Shaun Cody

Texans starting lineup changes
Earl Mitchell will start at nose tackle for Shaun Cody.

Jaguars inactives
25 S Dwight Lowery
27 CB Rashean Mathis
32 RB Maurice Jones-Drew
33 FB Greg Jones
66 C/G Steve Vallos
95 DT D’Anthony Smith
98 DT Jeris Pendleton

Jaguars starting lineup changes
Rashad Jennings will start at running back for Maurice Jones-Drew. Zach Potter will start at fullback for Greg Jones. Aaron Ross will start at cornerback for Rashean Mathis. Chris Prosinski will start at free safety for Dwight Lowery.


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Texans-Bears inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 11, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 10 game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
33 SS Troy Nolan
44 RB Ben Tate
67 G Cody White
79 G Brandon Brooks
81 TE Owen Daniels
95 NT Shaun Cody

Texans starting lineup changes
Garrett Graham will start at tight end for Owen Daniels.Earl Mitchell will start at nose tackle for Shaun Cody.

Bears inactives
17 WR Alshon Jeffery
18 WR Dane Sanzenbacher
70 G/C Edwin Williams
75 DT Matt Toeaina
88 TE Brody Eldridge
91 DT Amobi Okoye
95 DE Cheta Ozougwu

Bears starting lineup changes


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Texans-Bills inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 4, 2012 – 10:40 am

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 9 game against the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
26 CB Brandon Harris
44 RB Ben Tate
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
79 G Brandon Brooks
97 NT Terrell McClain

Texans starting lineup changes

Bills inactives
3 K John Potter
7 QB Tarvaris Jackson
24 CB Terrence McGee
36 SS Delano Howell
58 OLB Kirk Morrison
79 RT Erik Pears
93 DE Mark Anderson

Bills starting lineup changes
Chris Kelsay will start at defensive end for Mark Anderson. Chris Hairston will start at right tackle for Erik Pears.


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Texans-Ravens inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 21, 2012 – 9:43 am

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 7 game against the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
27 SS Quintin Demps
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
72 DE David Hunter
79 G Brandon Brooks
97 ILB Barrett Ruud

Texans starting lineup changes
Ben Jones will start at right guard for Antoine Caldwell.

Ravens inactives
25 CB/RS Asa Jackson
34 RB Bobby Rainey
70 T Ramon Harewood
76 T Jah Reid
83 WR Deonte Thompson
86 TE Billy Bajema
96 NT Ma’ake Kemoeatu

Ravens starting lineup changes
Terrence Cody will start at nose tackle for Ma’ake Kemoeatu.


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Texans-Packers inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 14, 2012 – 5:08 pm

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
26 CB Brandon Harris
27 SS Quintin Demps
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
79 G Brandon Brooks
97 ILB Barrett Ruud

Texans starting lineup changes
None

Packers inactives
28 S Sean Richardson
31 CB Davon House
56 LB Terrell Manning
64 G Greg Vanroten
84 TE D.J. Williams
85 WR Greg Jennings
90 DT B.J. Raji

Packers starting lineup changes
James Jones will start at wide receiver for Greg Jennings. Ryan Pickett will start at defensive tackle for B.J. Raji. Jerel Worthy will start at defensive end for Pickett.


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Texans-Titans inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 30, 2012 – 9:41 am

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at no0n CT.

Texans inactives
12 QB John Beck
18 WR Lestar Jean
20 CB Roc Carmichael
26 CB Brandon Harris
54 ILB Mister Alexander
66 T Andrew Gardner
79 G Brandon Brooks

Texans starting lineup changes
None

Titans inactives
14 QB Rusty Smith
18 WR Kenny Britt
23 RB Jamie Harper
52 LB Colin McCarthy
66 T Mike Otto
72 G Deuce Lutui
96 DT DaJohn Harris

Titans starting lineup changes

Kendall Wright will start at wide receiver for Kenny Britt. Will Witherspoon will start at middle linebacker for Colin McCarthy. Zach Brown will start at weakside linebacker for Will Witherspoon.


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