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HT.com Week 8 link roundup

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 31, 2011 – 10:39 am

Links to our coverage from the Texans’ 24-14 Week 8 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on Sunday:

Articles
Dominant defense leads Texans to victory over Jags
LB Sharpton out for season with quad injury
Foster grinds out another 100-yard day
Postgame notebook: Texans beat Jaguars
Postgame quotes: Texans vs. Jaguars
Texans vs. Jaguars live pregame chat

Videos
Highlights: Texans beat Jags 24-14
Texans postgame press conference
Texans defense stout in victory
5 Things Rewind: Texans tame Jaguars
Schaub scrambles in for TD
Cushing picks off Gabbert
Dreessen’s TD catch
Allen picks off Gabbert
Foster’s rushing TD vs. Jags

Photos
Game photos
Pregame photos
Tailgate photos


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Recap the game with “Inside the Game”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 30, 2011 – 6:58 pm

For a full recap of the Texans’ Week 8 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, check out “Inside the Game” tonight at 10:35 p.m. CT on ABC-13/KTRK.

Hosts Bob Allen and Spencer Tillman will break down the game with highlights and in-depth analysis. Texans tight end Joel Dreessen will be the featured in-studio guest on tonight’s show.

Catch Texans coach Gary Kubiak’s weekly press conference live on HoustonTexans.com on Monday at 3:30 p.m. CT.


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Texans-Jaguars postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 30, 2011 – 5:40 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, here are the postgame notes from Houston’s 24-14 Week 8 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium.

THE WIN…
•         Improved the Texans’ record to 5-3, matching the best start in team history through eight games. Houston was also 5-3 at the halfway point in 2009.

•         Improved Houston’s record against Jacksonville to 10-9 all-time. Jacksonville is the first team against whom the Texans have recorded double-digit wins.

•         Improved Houston’s home record to 3-1 this season.

•         Improved Houston’s record against AFC South opponents to 3-0 this season and 19-38 all-time. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Texans have had a 3-0 record within their division.

•         Improved the Texans’ record on Battle Red Day to 8-5 all-time, including 5-2 vs. Jacksonville.

GARY KUBIAK NOTES…
•         Head Coach Gary Kubiak improved his career record to 42-46 overall, 27-17 at Reliant Stadium, 13-20 against the AFC South and 6-5 against Jacksonville.

•         The Texans defense limited Jacksonville to 14 points. It was the fifth time this season that the Texans held an opponent under 20 points and the team improved to 5-0 in those games this season and 27-1 under Kubiak.

•         The Texans ran the ball 39 times for 156 yards. It was the fourth time this season that Houston ran the ball 30 or more times, and the team is 4-0 in those games this season and 28-3 under Kubiak.

•         The roof at Reliant Stadium was open for the first time this season. The Texans improved to 23-18 all-time with the roof open and 15-6 under Kubiak.

•         Kubiak challenged a call in the first quarter on a pass which was ruled out of bounds. The call was confirmed on review, dropping Kubiak’s record on challenges to 0-2 this season and 10-24 in his career.

•         Kubiak challenged a call in the fourth quarter of a fumble. The call was confirmed on review, dropping Kubiak’s record on challenges to 0-3 this season and 10-25 in his career.

TEXANS TEAM NOTES…
•         The Texans defense has 14 total takeaways through eight games and has scored 66 points off of those turnovers. Houston had 18 total takeaways last season which resulted in 55 points.

•         The Texans defense recorded two takeaways against Jacksonville. It marked the sixth game this season in which the unit recorded multiple takeaways.

•         The Texans defense held Jacksonville to 174 total yards a week after limiting Tennessee to 148 total yards. It marked the first time in franchise history that Houston held opponents under 200 yards in back-to-back weeks.

•         The Texans scored touchdowns on all three trips inside the red zone. It was the second time this season that Houston was perfect inside the red zone. Houston scored a touchdown on its only red zone trip in Week 6 at Baltimore (10/16).

•         The Texans outrushed Jacksonville, gaining 156 yards on the ground to the Jaguars’ 84. It was the fifth time this season that Houston outrushed its opponent and the Texans improved to 4-1 in those games. Under Kubiak, they are

•         Houston won the time of possession battle for the seventh time this season, holding the ball for 35:19. Houston is 5-2 in those games.

•         Houston scored on its opening possession for the fifth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the fourth time this year.

•         Houston opened the scoring for the seventh time this season and improved to 5-2 in those games.

•         The Texans led at the end of the first quarter for the seventh time in eight games this season.

•         Houston went into halftime with the score tied for the first time this season. The Texans have led at the half six times and trailed once.

•         Houston has scored on the opening drive of the second half in three consecutive games.

•         The Jaguars won the toss and deferred their option until the second half. The Texans elected to receive the opening kickoff.

•         Total paid attendance was 71,412, which marks the 96th consecutive home sellout for the Texans. The team has sold out every home game, including preseason and regular-season contests, in franchise history.

TEXANS PLAYER NOTES…
•         CB Jason Allen intercepted his third pass of the season when he picked off Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert on the first play of the fourth quarter. It was Allen’s 13th career interception and his sixth as a Texan, moving him into third place on the team’s career interception list.

•         OLB Connor Barwin registered a career-high two passes defensed to go along with his two solo tackles and quarterback hit.

•         ILB Brian Cushing intercepted a pass from Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert in the second quarter. It was the fifth interception of his career and his first since 12/27/09 at Miami. Cushing returned the interception 5 yards.

•         Cushing led the team with seven tackles, including three solos and one for loss, and one quarterback hit. It was the sixth time this season that Cushing led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

•         TE Owen Daniels extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 61 when he caught an 11-yard pass late in the second quarter.

•         Daniels reeled in a 30-yard pass in the fourth quarter, giving him gains of at least 30 yards in each of the last two games.

•         FS Quintin Demps made his season debut after rejoining the team on Tuesday. Demps finished the game with one assisted tackle and one pass defensed.

•         TE Joel Dreessen caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It was his third touchdown catch of the season and the 10th of his career.

•         RB Arian Foster tied the franchise record for career rushing touchdown with his 23rd, which came on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. He is tied with Domanick Williams, who had 23 rushing touchdowns from 2003-05.

•         Foster reached 100 rushing yards for the day on his 30th carry of the game, a 14-yard gain. It was his 12th career 100-yard game, which set a franchise record. He entered the day with 11 career 100-yard games, tying him with Domanick Williams (2003-05).

•         Foster recorded his third 100-yard game of the season, tying him with teammate Ben Tate for the most on the team. The last team to have two backs with three or more 100-yard games was Carolina in 2009 with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.

•         Foster tied a career high with 33 rushing attempts. He also ran the ball 33 times on 9/12/10 vs. Indianapolis, gaining 231 yards on that day.

•         P Brett Hartmann boomed a 61-yard punt in the second quarter. It was his second punt of the season of longer than 60 yards. He hit a 69-yarder on 9/18 at Miami. Hartmann has had at least one punt of longer than 50 yards in five consecutive games.

•         WR Bryant Johnson made a career-high three special teams tackles. He entered the game with one career tackle on special teams which came on 12/5/04 at Detroit as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

•         WR Jacoby Jones returned a second-quarter punt 19 yards, giving him 1,507 career punt return yards. He became the first Texans player to surpass 1,500 career punt return yards.

•         Rookie OLB Brooks Reed notched his second sack of the season when he tackled Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter.

•         Reed’s sack in the third quarter was the team’s 20th of the season, tying the team record for most through the first eight games of a season. Houston also had 20 sacks through eight games in 2002.

•         ILB DeMeco Ryans registered his 600th career tackle when he tackled Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew at the end of the third quarter.

•         QB Matt Schaub took the field for the 100th time in his career and started for the 64th time. He finished the game 16-of-30 for 225 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

•         Schaub improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 30-32.

•         Schaub extended his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 90, which is the fourth-longest in team history and the second-longest of his career.

•         Schaub ran in for a 2-yard touchdown to cap Houston’s opening drive. It was his first rushing touchdown since 10/12/08 vs. Miami and was the third rushing score of his career.

•         Schaub set the franchise career pass attempts record on his 21st throw of the day, a 16-yard completion to WR Kevin Walter on third-and-3 in the third quarter. The previous record was 2,070 attempts by David Carr from 2002-06.

•         Schaub hit TE Joel Dreessen for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 16.

•         Schaub’s lost fumble in the second quarter was the Texans’ first since the season opener vs. Indianapolis (9/11) when RB Ben Tate fumbled with 10:27 remaining in the game.

•         DE J.J. Watt tied a season high with five solo tackles. He also had five stops in his NFL debut vs. Indianapolis (9/11).

•         Team captains were QB Matt Schaub on offense, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.


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Texans vs. Jaguars game blog

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 30, 2011 – 12:50 pm

HOUSTON — I’ll be posting updates after every score in the Texans’ Week 8 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Scroll to the bottom of the post for injury updates.

The Jaguars won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Texans opted to receive the opening kickoff.

First quarter

8:21: Texans 7 – Jaguars 0

Quarterback Matt Schaub runs in for a two-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game.

Drive summary: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:39

Key plays: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones had a 13-yard catch on third-and-three from the Houston 27. Three plays later, running back Arian Foster picked up 12 yards for a first down with some nice moves after the catch on third-and-12. Schaub followed that up two plays later with a 25-yard pass to Kevin Walter down to the 19-yard line.

Second quarter

5:41: Texans 7 – Jaguars 7

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert completes a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Hill on second-and-goal.

Drive summary: 2 plays, 8  yards, 0:41

Key plays: The Jagaurs had a short field after Schaub fumbled as he was sacked by linebacker Clint Session at the Houston 35-yard line. Jaguars defensive end Matt Roth recovered the fumble at the 30 and returned it five yards before lateraling the ball over his head to defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, who ran seven yards to the 18 before lateraling the ball back to Session. Session got 10 yards to the Houston 8-yard line before running back Arian Foster pushed him out of bounds.

Third quarter

9:10: Texans 14 – Jaguars 7

Texans tight Joel Dreessen caught a seven-yard touchdown from Schaub on third-and-goal, snaring a lofted pass that went just over the top of a Jaguars defender.

Drive summary: 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:07

Key plays: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones set up the Texans at the Jacksonville 44-yard line with a 33-yard punt return. Schaub hit Walter for a 16-yard pass to the 21-yard line on third-and-three. Three plays later on third-and-five, he completed a six-yard pass to tight end Owen Daniels as he was being hit by linebacker Paul Posluszny.

Fourth quarter

12:32: Texans 21 – Jaguars 7

Foster runs in from four yards out on third-and-one, tying a team record with his 23rd career rushing touchdown.

Drive summary: 5 plays, 40 yards, 2:21

Key plays: The score was set up by an interception by Texans cornerback Jason Allen at the Jacksonville 40-yard line. Schaub connected with Jacoby Jones for 15 yards and Dreessen for 12 yards on the next two plays.

5:15: Texans 21 – Jaguars 14

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew scores on a two-yard touchdown run on first-and-goal.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 26 yards, 3:58

Key plays: Like the Jaguars’ first touchdown, this one came after a Texans turnover gave them the ball deep in Houston territory. Texans running back Ben Tate fumbled at the Jacksonville 36-yard line, and safety Dwight Lowery recovered and returned the ball 23 yards. A low block penalty on Texans tight end Owen Daniels tacked on 15 more yards, giving Jacksonville the ball at the 26. Gabbert completed a five-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Thomas on fourth-and-four from the seven-yard line.

0:18: Texans 24 – Jaguars 14

Texans kicker Neil Rackers makes a 39-yard field goal to effectively seal the game.

Drive summary: 9 plays, 59 yards, 4:57

Key plays: Tight end Owen Daniels gained 30 yards on a shoestring catch on third-and-five from the Houston 25. Foster ran for 14 yards two plays later to put the ball at the Jacksonville 29.

INJURIES

Texans
Linebacker Brooks Reed left with what looked like a left knee injury in the first quarter. He was temporarily replaced by Jesse Nading but returned to the field on the next series.

Linebacker Darryl Sharpton was carted off the field early in the second quarter. No word on his injury yet.

Jaguars
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert left the game in the first quarter with what was announced as a ribs injury. He was replaced by Luke McCown, had his upper body wrapped up by a trainer on the sideline and returned on the next series after missing three plays.


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Texans-Jaguars halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 30, 2011 – 12:45 pm

HOUSTON — We’re at halftime of the Texans’ Week 8 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. The Jaguars will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

7-7: The score
174-113: Total yards, in favor of the Texans
116-75: Passing yards, in favor of the Texans
58-38:
Rushing yards, in favor of the Texans
18:07-11:53: Time of possession, in favor of the Texans
72.7: Passer rating for Texans QB Matt Schaub (10-of-20)
49.9: Passer rating for Jaguars QB Matt Hasselbeck (7-of-17, 1 TD, 1 INT)
2.9: Yards per carry for Texans RB Arian Foster (14 attempts, 41 yards)
3.1: Yards per carry for Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (7 attempts, 22 yards)
119: Receiving yards for Foster, already a career-high
78: Yards for Foster on a second-quarter TD catch
54: Game-high receiving yards for Texans WR Kevin Walter, on 4 catches
1: Interception by Texans LB Brian Cushing
5: Game-high tackles for Texans FS Troy Nolan
8: Yards on the Jaguars’ lone scoring drive, set up by a sack and forced fumble
2: Laterals on the Jaguars’ 22-yard fumble recovery return
46: Yardage on a missed FG by Texans K Neil Rackers late in the 2nd quarter
44.0: Average yardage for Texans P Brett Hartmann on 4 punts


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Texans-Jaguars inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 30, 2011 – 9:39 am

Hot off the presses, here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 8 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
13 QB T.J. Yates
26 CB Brandon Harris
38 FS Danieal Manning
61 G Thomas Austin
66 T Andrew Gardner
80 WR Andre Johnson
88 TE Garrett Graham

Texans’ starting lineup changes
Jacoby Jones will start at wide receiver for Andre Johnson. Troy Nolan will start at free safety for Danieal Manning.

Jaguars inactives
17 WR Chastin West
36 S Courtney Greene
44 FB/RB Brock Bolen
67 G/C Jason Spitz
73 OL Eben Britton
84 WR Cecil Shorts III
97 DE John Chick

Jaguars’ starting lineup changes
Will Rackley will start at left guard for Eben Britton. Matt Roth will start at left defensive end for Aaron Kampman.


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Texans-Jaguars Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 28, 2011 – 1:24 pm

Here’s the Friday (final) injury report for the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars:

Texans

Out
WR Andre Johnson (hamstring/DNP), FS Danieal Manning (ankle/DNP)

Doubtful
None

Questionable
None

Probable
G Thomas Austin (knee/full), LB Bryan Braman (neck/full), G Mike Brisiel (leg/full), DE Tim Bulman (elbow/full), G Antoine Caldwell (ankle/full), FB James Casey (chest/limited), LB Brian Cushing (illness/full), CB Johnathan Joseph (neck/ankle/full), C Chris Myers (knee/full), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring/full), WR Kevin Walter (knee/full), T Eric Winston (ankle/full)

Jaguars

Out
FB Brock Bolen (calf/DNP), OL Eben Britton (back/DNP), DE John Chick (abdomen/DNP), S Courtney Greene (hamstring/DNP)

Doubtful
None

Questionable
WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring/DNP)

Probable
WR Jason Hill (wrist/full), LB Clint Session (elbow), G/C Jason Spitz (quadriceps), WR Mike Sims-Walker (illness/DNP)


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Texans-Jaguars Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 27, 2011 – 4:14 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars:

Texans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
FS Danieal Manning (ankle)

Limited Participation in Practice
FB James Casey (chest), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), CB Johnathan Joseph (neck/ankle), T Eric Winston (ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
G Thomas Austin (knee), LB Bryan Braman (neck), G Mike Brisiel (leg), DE Tim Bulman (elbow), G Antoine Caldwell (ankle), LB Brian Cushing (illness), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring), WR Kevin Walter (knee)

Jaguars

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
FB Brock Bolen (calf), OL Eben Britton (back), DE John Chick (abdomen), S Courtney Greene (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
WR Jason Hill (wrist)

Full Participation in Practice
DT Tyson Alualu (non-injury), FB Greg Jones (non-injury), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (non-injury), DE Aaron Kampman (non-injury), CB Rashean Mathis (non-injury), LB Clint Session (elbow), G/C Jason Spitz (quadriceps)


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Texans-Jaguars Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 26, 2011 – 3:47 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars:

Texans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Brian Cushing (illness), FS Danieal Manning (ankle)

Limited Participation in Practice
FB James Casey (chest), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), T Eric Winston (ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
G Thomas Austin (knee), LB Bryan Braman (neck), G Mike Brisiel (leg), DE Tim Bulman (elbow), G Antoine Caldwell (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (neck), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring), WR Kevin Walter (knee)

Jaguars

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
FB Brock Bolen (calf), OL Eben Britton (back), S Courtney Greene (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
DT Tyson Alualu (non-injury), FB Greg Jones (non-injury), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (non-injury), DE Aaron Kampman (non-injury), CB Rashean Mathis (non-injury), LB Clint Session (elbow), G/C Jason Spitz (quadriceps)

Full Participation in Practice
None


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