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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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First-quarter notes: Patriots 7, Texans 3

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 13, 2013 – 4:21 pm

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans trail 7-3 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored first for the second consecutive game 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 was 2-4 when trailing after the opening period during the regular season.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         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.

 

CB BRANDON HARRIS

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

 

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

·         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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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Texans-Colts Week 17 Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 28, 2012 – 3:54 pm

Shiloh KeoThe Friday (final) injury report for the Texans and Indianapolis Colts, who play at Reliant Stadium in Week 17:

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
CB Alan Ball (Foot/DNP)

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
S Shiloh Keo (Ankle/DNP), OLB Brooks Reed (Groin/Limited)

PROBABLE
OLB Connor Barwin (Back/Elbow/Full), FB Tyler Clutts (Abdominal/Full), NT Shaun Cody (Back/Limited), DE Jared Crick (Neck/Full), TE Owen Daniels (Hamstring/Neck/Limited), ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder/Limited), RB Justin Forsett (Knee/Full), RB Arian Foster (Arrhythmia/Full), CB Johnathan Joseph (Groin/Quadricep/Full), T Derek Newton (Knee/Limited), S Eddie Pleasant (Hamstring/Full), S Glover Quin (Hip/Full), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Toe/Full), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle/Limited), G Wade Smith (Knee/Ribs/Limited), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring/Full), DE J.J. Watt (Chest/Full), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow/Full)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

OUT
RB Delone Carter (Ankle/DNP), NT Antonio Johnson (Ankle/DNP), DE Cory Redding (Quad/DNP), C Samson Satele (Ankle/DNP)

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
WR Donnie Avery (Shoulder/DNP), LB Kavell Conner (Hamstring/Full), T Winston Justice (Shoulder/Full), C A.Q. Shipley (Knee/Full), CB Teddy Williams (Knee/Full), Tom Zbikowski (Knee/Limited)

PROBABLE
LB Jerrell Freeman (Thumb/Full), QB Andrew Luck (Knee/Full)


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Postgame notes: Patriots 42, Texans 14

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

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

THE TEXANS

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

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

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

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

FB JAMES CASEY

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

TE OWEN DANIELS

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

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

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

RB ARIAN FOSTER

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

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

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

WR LESTAR JEAN

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

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

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

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

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

P DONNIE JONES

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

FS SHILOH KEO

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

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

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

NT EARL MITCHELL

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

WR DEVIER POSEY

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

CB STANFORD ROUTT

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

QB MATT SCHAUB

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

DE J.J. WATT

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

QB T.J. YATES

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

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell TE Garrett Graham, NT Terrell McClain, RT Derek Newton, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson, Smith and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss. ILB Brian Cushing, who is on the reserved/injured list, joined his fellow captains at midfield.

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


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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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First-quarter notes: Texans 7, Bills 0

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 4, 2012 – 1:04 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans lead the Bills 7-0 in Week 9:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored first for the fourth time this season.

·         Led after one quarter for the fifth time this 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.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         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.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         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.

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.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         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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Texans-Dolphins Week 1 Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 6, 2012 – 4:18 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Miami Dolphins, who play at Reliant Stadium on Sunday at noon CT in Week 1 (bold indicates status change from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
OLB Bryan Braman (Hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
ILB Brian Cushing (Ribs), TE Owen Daniels (Illness), RB Arian Foster (Knee), FS Shiloh Keo (Neck), OLB Brooks Reed (Hip)

Full Participation in Practice
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ankle), WR Andre Johnson (Chest), RB Ben Tate (Head), DE J.J. Watt (Elbow)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
None

Limited Participation in Practice
G John Jerry (Ankle), T Jake Long (Knee), LB Koa Misi (Back), LB Jason Trusnik (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
WR Brian Hartline (Calf), DE Tony McDaniel (Knee/Toes), DE Derrick Shelby (Shoulder)


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Texans vs. Dolphins Week 1 Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 5, 2012 – 4:16 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Miami Dolphins, who play at Reliant Stadium on Sunday at noon CT in Week 1:

HOUSTON TEXANS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
OLB Bryan Braman (Hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
ILB Brian Cushing (Ribs), FS Shiloh Keo (Neck)

Full Participation in Practice
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ankle), WR Andre Johnson (Chest), RB Ben Tate (Head), DE J.J. Watt (Elbow)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
None

Limited Participation in Practice
G John Jerry (Ankle)
T Jake Long (Knee)
LB Koa Misi (Back)
LB Jason Trusnik (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
WR Brian Hartline (Calf)
DE Tony McDaniel (Knee/Toes)
DE Derrick Shelby (Shoulder)


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Comparing Texans’ 2012, 2011 rosters

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 31, 2012 – 7:16 pm

The Texans reduced their roster from 75 to 53 on Friday by releasing 21 players and placing tackle Rashad Butler on injured reserve. Here’s a look at the number of players they kept by position, along with the number they kept at each position at this time in 2011:

Texans roster by position: 2012 total (2011 total)
QB:
3 (3)
RB: 3 (4)
FB: 2 (2)
WR: 6 (4)
TE: 2 (3)
OL: 9 (9)
DL: 6 (6)
LB: 9 (8)
DB: 10 (11)
K: 1 (1)
P: 1 (1)
LS: 1 (1)

A couple other notes:

  • Five players who were released by the Texans at this time last year made the team in 2012: ILB Mister Alexander, S Quintin Demps, T Andrew Gardner, WR/KR Trindon Holliday and S Shiloh Keo.
  • No undrafted rookies made the Texans’ roster in 2012 (OLB Bryan Braman was the lone undrafted rookie to make it in 2011). Of the 21 players released by the Texans on Friday, 15 were undrafted rookies.

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Undrafted rookie S Eddie Pleasant already has a nickname: “The Missile”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 16, 2012 – 9:27 am

In a very informative appearance on “Texans All Access” on Tuesday on SportsRadio 610, Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano gave a glowing review of rookie safety Eddie Pleasant.

Pleasant, an undrafted free agent from Oregon, was previously mentioned by general manager Rick Smith as a player the Texans had contemplated drafting. Marciano seconded that notion, and then some.

“We’ve got Eddie Pleasant, who we really liked,” Marciano said in response to a question about UDFAs who could make an impact on special teams. “We thought we were going to draft him. That’s another story for another day, but we had him and his card was picked; we were ready to take him. I already gave him a nickname. His name is ‘The Missile.’ He seeks in on the target and he just takes off and hits it. He’s a very, very exciting player. I’m excited about him to come in and see what he can do.”

Pleasant (5-10, 211) was a three-year starter at Oregon, starting his career as a linebacker and emergency running back. He didn’t play safety until his junior year with the Ducks but blossomed as a senior in 2011, recording 61 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defensed en route to first-team All-Pac 12 honors. He posted a 4.63 40-yard dash, 33.5-inch vertical jump and 22 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Texans currently have eight safeties on the roster: 2011 starters Danieal Manning and Glover Quin; 2011 contributors Troy Nolan, Quintin Demps and Shiloh Keo; 2011 practice squad player Torri Williams; and undrafted rookies Pleasant and Desmond Marrow (Toledo).

Four safeties were on the Texans’ active roster on opening day in 2011 (Manning, Quin, Nolan and Dominique Barber). There could be room for five this year, since the Texans had seven cornerbacks in Week 1 last season and now have only six corners on the roster. It’ll be a tough group to crack, but it certainly sounds like Pleasant has a legitimate chance.


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