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HT.com link roundup: Week 9 Texans-Chargers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 8, 2010 – 12:42 pm

In case you missed it, here’s our coverage from the Texans’ 29-23 Week 9 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium:




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Unhappy at the Halfway Point

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 8, 2010 – 11:44 am

 Postgame thoughts from “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer of SportsRadio 610:

Somehow, it happened again. The defense was burned for four passing touchdowns. The offense went dry for a half, and the Texans sent their fans home unhappy. San Diego racked up a 29-23 win, putting Houston in a state of bewilderment while they sort through the latest wreckage.

It was a strange game. The running attack clicked in the first half, leading to 20 points. The passing attack clicked in the second half, leading to only three points, and the defense failed to get off the field enough on third down. The result was the Texans’ third loss in their last four games.

The Texans got an early deflected punt, leading you to believe that this was their day, but they never fully capitalized on the array of opportunities that presented themselves. They had to settle for three Neil Rackers red-zone field goals and missed on two fourth-and-shorts. Then, it all came down to Andre Johnson uncharacteristically bobbling a catch that caromed off his knee into the hands of safety Paul Oliver to put the Texans away.

The math is still there to make a case that this season is far from over. The Texans are a game out of first in the division and can still claim to be in the wild card chase. But there’s no disguising their lack of ability to stop the opponent now as they continue to search for a way to get their pass defense going.

Second halves of seasons have been productive for Gary Kubiak, especially down the stretch. He won three out of his last five in 2006, three of four in 2007, five out of six in ’08 and four straight last year. This year’s schedule is the toughest they’ve faced, and somehow the Texans need to get on a roll fast or this once promising campaign will officially be declared a disaster.

Jacksonville is up next and you could say the Texans should win this one, but the Jaguars have a way of rising up when you least expect it. Expect this: A battle for survival against a 4-4 team coming off a bye as both squads fight to avoid last place in the AFC South.

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Texans-Chargers game notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 8, 2010 – 9:58 am

From the Texans’ media relations staff, game notes from Houston’s 29-23 Week 9 loss to the San Diego Chargers:

• Houston scored on its opening possession for the third time this season.  The Texans also scored on their opening drives in Week 1 vs. Indianapolis (9/12) and in Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston’s four-second touchdown drive in the first quarter tied the franchise record for the shortest scoring drive.  Houston also had a four-second drive (one play, seven yards) vs. Jacksonville on 12/1/08.

• Houston has scored a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games dating back to Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).  That is tied for the second-longest streak in team history.

• The 24 combined points by both teams in the first quarter were the most in franchise history.  The previous high in the opening period was 21 total points, which happened five times, most recently in Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston’s 20 first-half points were the most before halftime in a game this year.  The previous high was 14 in Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston’s 34 rushing attempts were the third-most this season.  The Texans fell to 21-3 under head coach Gary Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

• The Texans outrushed the Chargers, gaining 140 to San Diego’s 77.  It was the sixth time in eight games that the Texans outrushed their opponent.  Houston is 3-3 in those games.

• Houston gained 391 yards against San Diego, which was the most yards given up by the Chargers this season.  San Diego came into the game ranked first in the league in total defense, giving up an average of 260.0 yards per game.

• The fumble recovery in the second quarter was Houston’s third of the season and the first since Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston won the time of possession, holding the ball for 33:49.  It was the third time this season that Houston held the ball longer than its opponent.  Houston fell to 2-1 this season when winning time of possession.

• Houston posted a positive turnover margin for the first time this season, taking the ball away twice and only giving it away once.  It marked just the fourth time under head coach Gary Kubiak that the Texans lost while gaining a positive turnover ratio.

• Today’s total paid attendance was 70,886, giving the Texans their 87th consecutive home sellout.  The Texans have sold out every home game, including preseason and regular-season contests, in franchise history.

• The roof of Reliant Stadium was open for today’s game.  It marked the second time this season that the roof has been open.  The Texans are 12-6 with the roof open under head coach Gary Kubiak, are 1-1 this season and 20-18 all-time with the roof open.

• The Chargers won the toss and elected to receive the ball.

• The crowd of 70,886 was the eighth-largest home crowd in Texans history.

• Head coach Gary Kubiak unsuccessfully challenged a play in the first quarter in which San Diego WR Patrick Crayton caught a pass, fumbled and recovered his own fumble.  Kubiak challenged that the pass was incomplete.  The failed challenge drops his record this season to 1-2 and his career record to 9-22.

• LB Kevin Bentley made his first start of the season at SLB.  It was the 30th start of his career.

• TE James Casey caught four passes for 48 yards, both of which were career highs. His previous highs were two catches, which he had done three times, and 33 yards vs. Tennessee on 11/23/09.

• Casey hauled in a 33-yard pass in the second quarter.  It was the longest reception of his career, topping a 32-yard gain last season vs. Tennessee (11/23/09).  The reception was Casey’s first of the season.

• TE Joel Dreessen led the team with five catches for 66 yards.  Both figures were the second-highest of his career.  He had six catches for 81 yards last season vs. New England (1/3/10).

• RB Arian Foster carried the ball 27 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the game.  He reached the 100-yard plateau for the game on his first carry of the second half.  It marked his fifth 100-yard game and the sixth of his career.

• Foster reached the 1,000-yard mark for his career on an eight-yard touchdown run on Houston’s first offensive play.  He entered the game with 992 career rushing yards.

• Foster’s eight-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his eighth of the year on the ground and his ninth overall.

• Foster scored from two yards out in the second quarter, giving him two touchdowns in the game.  It was his fourth multi-touchdown game of the season and the fifth of his career.

• Foster tied RB Steve Slaton (2008) for the second-most rushing touchdowns in a season in team history with nine.  The franchise record is 13 by Domanick Williams in 2004.

• Foster has scored a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games, which matches the longest such streak of his career and ties him for the second-longest streak in franchise history.

• Foster topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage on the season with a 15-yard run in the first quarter.  He entered the game with 980 scrimmage yards on the year.

• Foster rushed for 99 yards in the first half, which was the most in his career in the opening 30 minutes.  His previous first-half high was 66 yards in Week 3 vs. Dallas (9/26).

• CB Kareem Jackson picked off his second pass of the season when he intercepted San Diego QB Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter.

• Jackson tied a season high with six tackles.  He also had six stops in three other games, most recently in Week 8 at Indianapolis (11/1).

• WR Andre Johnson extended his personal streak of consecutive games with a catch to 73 with a 12-yard catch in the second quarter.  Johnson has caught at least one pass in 108 of his 109 career games.

• The game captain was FB Vonta Leach.  He joined season-long captains WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE Mario Williams at midfield for the coin toss.

• DT Amobi Okoye recorded his first career punt return when he picked up a deflected tipped punt in the first quarter and returned it five yards.

• SS Bernard Pollard forced a fumble in the second quarter.  It was his second forced fumble of the season and the seventh of his career.

• Pollard led the team with a game-high nine tackles, including eight solos.  It was the third time this season that he led the team in stops.

• Pollard now has 74 tackles on the year, which is the most in team history through eight games.  The previous high was 73 tackles by LB DeMeco Ryans through eight games in 2006.

• CB Glover Quin recovered a fumble in the second quarter, giving him two on the season and for his career.  Quin also recovered a fumble in Week 1 vs. Indianapolis (9/12).

• K Neil Rackers connected on a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, giving him 11 on the season.

• Rackers booted his second field goal of the game when he connected from 21 yards out in the second quarter.  The field goal gave him 963 points in his career, moving him past Rafael Septien and Greg Davis for 45th on the NFL’s career scoring list among kickers.

• Rackers’ 25-yard field goal in the third quarter gave him 11 points in the game and 966 for his career, moving him past Sam Baker for 44th on the all-time list.

• Rackers tied a season high with three made field goals. 

• DE Mario Williams recorded a sack in the first quarter.  That raised his season total to 6.0 and his career total to 45.5.

• Williams has now accounted for 6.0 of the Texans’ 12.0 sacks on the season (50.0 percent).

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Live chat replay

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2010 – 7:55 pm

The Texans lost a tough one to the San Diego Chargers in Week 9 at Reliant Stadium, falling 29-23 to drop their record to 4-4.

Recap the action with the replay of our live game chat.

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Texans-Chargers: Halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2010 – 2:39 pm

We’re at halftime of the Texans’ Week 9 game against the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium. The Texans will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

20-14: The score, in favor of the Texans
212-172: Total yards, in favor of the Chargers
170-63: Passing yards, in favor of the Chargers
109-42: Rushing yards, in favor of the Texans
15:58-14:02: Time of possession, in favor of the Texans
99: Rushing yards for Texans RB Arian Foster, on 18 carries
2: Rushing TDs for Foster
1: Receiving TD by Foster called back via a controversial review
158.3: Perfect passer rating for Chargers QB Philip Rivers, who’s 1o-of-11
2: Passing TDs for Rivers
37: Team-high receiving yards for Texans TE James Casey, on two catches
1: Deflected punt by Texans LB Stanford Keglar, which set up a TD
1: Forced fumble by Texans S Bernard Pollard, which set up a TD
2: Extra points made for the Chargers by former Texans K Kris Brown

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Impact of Gates, Daniels being out

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2010 – 12:27 pm

The big news here from Reliant Stadium this morning is that Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is inactive. Most observers expected Gates to battle through a slew of injuries and play, but the team ruled him out with their bye week on the horizon. Texans tight end Owen Daniels is inactive as well.

Gates is a big reason why Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers leads the league in passing yards. A matchup nightmare at 6-4, 260 pounds, he has 40 catches for 663 yards and a league-best nine touchdowns. He’s on pace for the best season by a tight end in NFL history. A six-time Pro Bowler, he ranks third in the league in receiving yards and is averaging 16.6 yards per catch, the  highest mark of his eight-year career.

Who steps in for Gates? Ninth-year veteran Randy McMichael, who has started four games this year and played in all eight. McMichael has five catches this season for 61 yards, and he had several productive seasons earlier in his career with the Dolphins and Rams. Behind McMichael is seventh-year vet Kris Wilson, who has started three times this season and also has played in every game. Wilson has just three catches for 26 yards. He has never recorded more than 180 receiving yards in a season.

As for Daniels, he has 16 catches for 200 yards this season as he works his way back from a 2009 ACL injury. A 2008 Pro Bowler, he started to get his legs under him after a slow start to the season and had eight catches for 124 yards in Weeks 5 and 6. He’s out this week after aggravating a nagging hamstring issue before last Monday’s game at Indianapolis.

Joel Dreessen will start in Daniels’ place. Dreessen is a more-than-capable replacement, as he seems to make a play every time he gets a chance. He has eight catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns this season. Second-year tight end James Casey and rookie tight end Garrett Graham are also active for the Texans. Texans coach Gary Kubiak gushed about Casey earlier this week in practice, saying he “wouldn’t be surprised to see him make some plays” if he gets on the field.

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Texans-Chargers inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2010 – 11:42 am

Hot off the presses, here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 9 game against the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium. The big news: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who has a league-high nine touchdowns, and Texans tight end Owen Daniels are inactive. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
9 QB Matt Leinart (third quarterback)
19 WR Dorin Dickerson
24 CB Karl Paymah
52 LB Xavier Adibi
64 G Kasey Studdard
67 DT Malcolm Sheppard
72 DE Jesse Nading
81 TE Owen Daniels

Texans starting lineup changes

Joel Dreessen will start at tight end for Daniels, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Chargers inactives
10 K Nate Kaeding
11 WR Legedu Naanee
25 SS Darrell Stuckey
59 ILB Brandon Siler
68 G Kris Dielman
76 DT Cam Thomas
80 WR Malcolm Floyd
85 TE Antonio Gates

Chargers starting lineup changes

Patrick Crayton will start at wide receiver for Floyd. Tryonne Green will stsart at left guard for Dielman. Randy McMichael will start at tight end for Gates. Seyi Ajirotutu will start at wide receiver for Naaneee.

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Ready to roll at Reliant Stadium

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2010 – 11:17 am

We’re less than two hours from kickoff on Deep Steel Sunday at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans (4-3) will take on the San Diego Chargers (3-5) in Week 9. The Texans will be in their all-blue uniforms today.

The roof is open at Reliant Stadium right now, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. It’s a cool 61 degrees down on the field.

I’ll be back with inactives and lineup changes in about 15 minutes. Be sure to check out our live pregame show on Texans TV, starting 90 minutes before kickoff, and stick with us during the game via our live interactive chat. For now, here are five things to watch for in today’s game, and a couple of photos from the stadium to boot.

View from the field at Reliant Stadium, with the roof open

View from the press box

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Texans-Chargers Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 5, 2010 – 3:37 pm

Here’s the Friday injury report for the Texans and San Diego Chargers:





LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring/DNP), DT Shaun Cody (knee/DNP), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring/DNP), DT Earl Mitchell (ankle/full), DE Jesse Nading (ankle/DNP)

LB Kevin Bentley (knee/full), G Mike Brisiel (knee/full), TE Garrett Graham (shoulder/full), WR Andre Johnson (ankle/limited), LB Stanford Keglar (thigh/full), CB Karl Paymah (wrist/full), LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle/full), DE Mario Williams (hip/limited)

Notes: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that Daniels and Adibi will be game-time decisions.


K Nate Kaeding (rt. groin/DNP)

WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring/DNP), TE Antonio Gates (toe/DNP), WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring/DNP), LB Brandon Siler (foot/DNP)

LB Larry English (foot/limited), WR Richard Goodman (hamstring/limited)

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LB Kevin Burnett (shoulder/full), G Kris Dielman (neck/full), CB Quetin Jammer (no injury/DNP)

Notes: With Kaeding out, former Texan Kris Brown will handle kicking duties for the Chargers on Sunday.

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