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HT.com Week 7 link roundup

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 24, 2011 – 12:58 pm

Links to our coverage from the Texans’ 41-7 Week 7 victory over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on Sunday:

Articles
Texans rout Titans en route to first place in division
Manning fractures leg, hopes to return this season
Postgame notebook: Foster’s feat, Schaub’s top rating
Postgame quotes: Texans at Titans
Texans at Titans pregame live chat

Videos
NFL Network: Texans at Titans highlights
Sonic Game Recap: Texans at Titans
Texans at Titans postgame reaction
Kickers can tackle, too
Foster’s 3rd TD
Foster dives in for TD
Foster’s 78-yard TD
Dreessen 10-yard TD reception
Manning picks off Hasselbeck
Daniels goes deep

Foster breaks away for 26

Photos
Game photos
Pregame photos


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Texans-Titans postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 23, 2011 – 4:11 pm

NASHVILLE — Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, here are the postgame notes from the Texans’ 41-7 Week 7 victory over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field:

THE WIN…

· Gave the Texans sole possession of first place in the AFC South at the latest point in the season in team history.

· Improved the Texans’ record to 4-3 overall and 2-2 on the road this season.

· Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s career record to 41-46 overall and 4-7 against Tennessee.

· Improved Houston’s record within the AFC South to 2-0 this season and 18-38 all-time.

· Improved Houston’s record against Tennessee to 6-13 all-time.

GAME NOTES…

· Houston’s 41 points were the second-most scored in team history, behind only the 42 points scored vs. Jacksonville on 12/30/07. The 41 points were the most ever in a road game by the Texans.

· Houston’s 34-point margin of victory was the largest in franchise history, bettering the previous high of 29 vs. Cincinnati on 10/26/08.

· The Texans gained a season-high 518 yards in the game. The output was the third-highest in team history, behind only the 549 yards gained at Green Bay on 12/7/08 and the 526 yards gained at Washington on 9/19/10.

· The Texans outrushed Tennessee, 222 to 53. It was the fourth time this season that Houston outrushed its opponent and the Texans improved to 3-1 in those games.

· The Texans won the time of possession battle for the sixth time this season, holding the ball for 37:58. Houston improved to 4-2 in those games.

· The Texans had a positive turnover margin for the fifth time this season, garnering two takeaways while not giving the ball away. Houston improved to 3-2 in such games.

· The Texans had two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time in franchise history.

· The 78-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Schaub to RB Arian Foster tied the longest TD pass in team history. David Carr connected with WR Corey Bradford for a 78-yard touchdown on 9/7/03 at Miami.

· The Texans defense held Tennessee to 148 total yards. That was the second-lowest opponent offensive output in team history. The only better performance was on 12/26/04 at Jacksonville, when the Texans held the Jaguars to 126 yards.

· The Texans defense recorded an interception for the sixth consecutive game.

· Houston scored 14 points off of two Tennessee turnovers gave the team 59 points off of 12 takeaways this season. The Texans scored 63 points off of 18 turnovers last season.

· The Texans tied a franchise single-game record with 29 first downs in the game, which had been done three times previously. The last time Houston gained 29 first downs was on 9/19/10 at Washington.

· The Texans led after the first quarter, at halftime and after the third quarter for the sixth time this season in each instance.

· Houston has outscored its two AFC South opponents by a combined score of 75-14 this season. The Texans defeated Indianapolis 34-7 in the season opener on 9/11.

· Houston’s scoring drive in the first quarter covered 73 yards in 13 plays and consumed 7:18 off the game clock. It was the Texans’ ninth scoring drive this season which lasted longer than five minutes.

· The Texans scored first for the sixth time this season.

· Houston’s tight ends combined to catch 6 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in the game.

· ILB Brian Cushing led the team with six tackles, including five solo stops. It was the fifth time this season that Cushing has either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

· TE Owen Daniels caught a pass in his 60th consecutive game when he hauled in a 34-yarder in the second quarter. The 34-yard catch was Daniels’ longest reception of the season, bettering a 30-yard catch in Week 4 vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).

· TE Joel Dreessen caught his second touchdown pass of the season and the ninth of his career when he scored on a 10-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter.

· RB Arian Foster became the first Texans player to surpass 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game, finishing with 115 yards rushing and 119 yards receiving. The closest anyone had come to that achievement before today was Foster on 11/28/10 vs. Tennessee, when he ran for 143 yards and had 75 yards receiving.

· Foster became the 32nd player in NFL history to record more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game and the first since 11/15/09 when Tennessee RB Chris Johnson did so (132 rushing, 100 receiving) vs. Buffalo.

· Foster scored his second rushing touchdown of the season when he dove into the end zone from a yard out in the third quarter. It was Foster’s 20th career rushing touchdown.

· Foster scored his second rushing touchdown of the day when he found the end zone from five yards out in the fourth quarter. It was Foster’s seventh career game with multiple rushing touchdowns and first since 1/2/11 vs. Jacksonville.

· Foster surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time this season and the 11th time in his career. He reached the mark on an 8-yard gain in the third quarter.

· Foster caught a career-long 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The reception was his third of the game and gave him 110 receiving yards. It marks his second 100-yard game of the season and of his career. He had 116 yards in Week 5 vs. Oakland (10/9).

· Foster tied a career high with three total touchdowns. He also scored three touchdowns (all rushing) on 9/12/10 vs. Indianapolis.

· Foster finished with 234 total yards from scrimmage. That is the second-highest single-game total in Texans history. Foster had 238 combined yards (231 rushing, 7 receiving) on 9/12/10 vs. Indianapolis.

· Rookie P Brett Hartmann boomed a 57-yard punt on his first attempt of the game, giving him at least one punt of 50 yards or longer for the fourth consecutive game.

· Second-year WR Trindon Holliday made his NFL debut when he took the field for the opening kickoff. Holliday spent his rookie season on the reserve/injured list. The opening kick was a touchback.

· WR Jacoby Jones recorded his first rushing attempt of the season and the 10th of his career on an end-around in the first quarter. The carry lost four yards, dropping his career rushing total to 20 yards on 10 carries.

· CB Johnathan Joseph forced a fumble for the first time this season and the third time in his career when he jarred the ball out of Tennessee RB Chris Johnson’s hands late in the first quarter.

· Rookie SS Shiloh Keo made his NFL debut on special teams and as a reserve on defense.

· FS Danieal Manning recorded his second interception of the season and the ninth of his career when he picked off a deep pass from Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter.

· WR Derrick Mason moved out of a tie with Art Monk (940) for 11th on the NFL’s all-time reception list with his first reception of the season.

· CB Brice McCain registered his second career interception when he picked off Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck in the fourth quarter.

· McCain returned the interception 38 yards for a touchdown. It was his first career touchdown and the first defensive score for the Texans since 12/13/09 vs. Seattle when Bernard Pollard returned an interception for a touchdown.

· OLB Jesse Nading forced a fumble on the opening kick of the second half which was recovered by the Titans. It was Nading’s first career forced fumble.

· K Neil Rackers moved out of a tie with Don Cockroft into 38th on the NFL’s all-time kick scoring list with his first points of the day, a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter. Rackers entered the game with 1,080 career points scored.

· Rookie OLB Brooks Reed registered his first career sack when he tackled Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a 9-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

· QB Matt Schaub completed 18-of-23 passes for 296 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions for a career-high 147.7 passer rating, bettering his previous high of 144.0 on 10/26/08 vs. Cincinnati.

· Schaub extended his own team record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 15th consecutive game when he hit TE Joel Dreessen from 10 yards out in the second quarter.

· The 78-yard touchdown pass to RB Arian Foster was the longest completion of Schaub’s career. His previous long was a 77-yarder to WR Andre Johnson on 9/9/07, his first game as a Texan.

· DE Antonio Smith appeared in his 100th career game when he started the game. Smith finished the game with two solo tackles and one quarterback hit.

· RB Ben Tate surpassed 100 yards for the third time this season, reaching the mark on a six-yard gain in the fourth quarter.

· Rookie DE J.J. Watt registered his second sack of the season when he dropped Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 12-yard loss on the final play of the third quarter.

· RT Eric Winston started his 78th consecutive game, moving him past teammate Mario Williams for the second-longest consecutive start streak in franchise history. Chester Pitts has the club record with 114 consecutive starts from 2002-09.

· FB Lawrence Vickers recorded his first carry as a Texan when he carried for no gain in the third quarter.

· 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.

· The Titans won the toss and deferred their choice until the second half. The Texans elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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Texans at Titans game blog

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 23, 2011 – 12:40 pm

NASHVILLE - I’ll be posting updates after every score, turnover and injury update in the Texans’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans.

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

First quarter

1:25: Texans 3 – Titans 0

Neil Rackers makes a 32-yard field goal to put the Texans on the scoreboard first with 1:25 left in the first quarter.

Drive summary: 13 plays, 78 yards, 7:18

Key plays: An outstanding run-after-the-catch by Arian Foster turned a short pass into a 26-yard gain on third-and-eight from the Houston 21-yard line. That was followed by an 11-yard run by Ben Tate and a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the Titans to move the ball to the Tennessee 27-yard line. A 10-yard penalty for illegal hands to the face on left tackle Duane Brown on second-and-11 from the Titans 17 stymied the Texans’ drive.

Second quarter

11:01: Texans free safety Danieal Manning picks off a deep pass at the Houston 13-yard line with 11:01 on the clock to kill an eight-play, 48-yard Titans drive.

7:29: Manning is announced as questionable to return with a lower left leg injury. He was hurt on his interception.

7:24: Texans 10 – Titans 0

Tight end Joel Dreessen catches a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub on second-and-eight.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 87 yards in 3:29.

Key plays: The Texans started the drive with a 34-yard play-action pass from Matt Schaub to tight end Owen Daniels. After two runs by Foster for 17 yards, Daniels made a 10-yard catch that ended with another unnecessary roughness penalty on the Titans to give the Texans first-and-10 at the Tennessee 12. Dreessen scored two plays later.

3:53: Texans 17  – Titans 0

Foster catches a 78-yard touchdown pass from Schaub, the longest throw of Schaub’s career and longest catch of Foster’s.

Drive summary: 4 plays, 94 yards, 1:48

Key plays: Derrick Mason caught a seven-yard pass for a first down on third-and-one from the Houston 15. Foster torched the Titans’ defense for his score on the next play, catching Schaub’s pass about 15 yards down the left sideline and cutting back right on his way to the end zone.

0:00: Texans 20 – Titans 0

Rackers makes a 29-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 37 yards, 1:52

Key plays: Daniels caught an 18-yard pass on the first play of the drive. Foster set up the field goal with two short catches for nine yards inside the red zone.

Third quarter

9:06: Texans 27 – Titans 0

Foster leaps over the line of scrimmage for a one-yard touchdown on first-and-goal.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 92 yards, 3:28

Key plays: The drive was an assault of big plays by the Texans’ offense. First play: Schaub to wide receiver Kevin Walter for 20 yards over the middle. Second play: Foster down the right sideline on a 17-yard run. Third play: Tate down the right sideline on another 17-yard run. Fourth play: Tate for 24 yards to the Tennessee 14. Daniels caught a nine-yard pass to the one-yard line to set up Foster’s score.

5:34: Texans 27 – Titans 7

The Titans get on the scoreboard with a five-yard touchdown catch by tight end Jared Cook on fourth-and-goal. He beat rookie safety Shiloh Keo on the play in the back left corner of the end zone.

Drive summary: 8 plays, 76 yards, 3:32

Key plays: Backup running back Javon Ringer ran for 17 yards on the first play of the drive. Three plays later, he ran for 25 yards to the Houston 20-yard line, and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Keo at the end of the play made it first-and-goal at the 10.

Fourth quarter

9:51: Texans 34 – Titans 7

Foster scored on a five-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal, his third touchdown of the day.

Drive summary: 8 plays, 52 yards, 5:02

Key plays: Schaub hit Dreessen for a 21-yard pass on on the second play of the drive, which moved the ball to the Tennessee 29.

9:28: Texans 41 – Titans 7

Texans cornerback Brice McCain picked off Matt Hasselbeck and returned the ball 38 yards for a SportsCenter-Top-10-worthy touchdown.

Drive summary: N/A

Key plays: Just the one.

0:00: Game over. The Texans win 41-7, the biggest margin of victory in team history.


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Texans-Titans halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 23, 2011 – 12:36 pm

NASHVILLE — We’re at halftime of the Texans’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. The Titans will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

20-0: The score, in favor of the Texans
303-73: Total yards, in favor of the Texans
220-57: Passing yards, in favor of the Texans
83-16:
Rushing yards, in favor of the Texans
17:30-12:30: Time of possession, in favor of the Texans
150.2: Passer rating for Texans QB Matt Schaub (13-of-18, 2 TDs)
29.0: Passer rating for Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck (7-of-15, 1 INT)
5.5: Yards per carry for Texans RB Arian Foster (13 attempts, 71 yards)
1.8: Yards per carry for Titans RB Chris Johnson (9 attempts, 16 yards)
119: Receiving yards for Foster, already a career-high
78: Yards for Foster on a second-quarter TD catch
62: Receiving yards for Texans TE Owen Daniels, on 3 catches
10: Yards for Texans TE Joel Dreessen on a first-quarter TD catch
1:
Interception by Texans FS Danieal Manning, which set up Foster’s TD


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Texans-Titans inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 23, 2011 – 9:39 am

NASHVILLE — Hot off the presses, here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
13 QB T.J. Yates
26 CB Brandon Harris
61 G Thomas Austin
66 T Andrew Gardner
80 WR Andre Johnson
86 FB James Casey
93 DE Tim Bulman

Texans’ starting lineup changes
Jacoby Jones will start at wide receiver for Andre Johnson. Lawrence Vickers will start at fullback for James Casey.

Titans inactives
11 QB Rusty Smith
24 S Chris Hope
52 LB Colin McCarthy
60 C Kevin Matthews
68 T Byron Stingily
69 DT Zach Clayton
95 DE William Hayes

Titans’ starting lineup changes
None


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Pregame coverage from LP Field

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 23, 2011 – 9:23 am

NASHVILLE — We’re live in the press box at LP Field. It’s 42 degrees and sunny with “intermittent clouds” (according to the weather report I just read) with about 90 minutes until the Texans (3-3) and Titans (3-3) kick off for first place in the AFC South at noon CT.

The inactives and starting lineup changes will be announced in about 10 minutes. Our weekly 30-minute live pregame show starts at the same time — I’ll be hosting in Drew Dougherty’s place today. That’ll be followed by our weekly pregame live chat leading up to kickoff.

I’ll be blogging throughout the game. Stats, Twitter updates and more are available on the Texans Mobile app, which fans can download by texting the word TEXANS to 51288 or searching for the “Houston Texans Mobile” app on the Apple App Store, Android Marketplace or BlackBerry App World. You can also follow the team on Twitter @HoustonTexans and @NickScurfield for updates

Here are five things to watch in today’s game. And here’s my view from the press box:


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Texans-Titans Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 20, 2011 – 4:31 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Tennessee Titans:

Texans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
FB James Casey (chest), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
G Mike Brisiel (shin), FS Danieal Manning (fibula), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), QB Matt Schaub (chest/hip)

Full Participation in Practice
LT Duane Brown (knee), LB Brian Cushing (elbow), CB Johnathan Joseph (shoulder), LB Darryl Sharpton (back/groin)

Titans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
S Chris Hope (forearm), LB Colin McCarthy (hamstring), TE Craig Stevens (rib)

Limited Participation in Practice
None

Full Participation in Practice
None


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Recapping Munchak, Hasselbeck conference calls

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 19, 2011 – 5:30 pm

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck spoke to the Houston media via conference call on Wednesday. Here are some key quotes from their respective calls:

Mike Munchak conference call

  • Asked why his team is in position to play for first place in the AFC South in Week 7, Munchak boiled it down to two offseason additions: Hasselbeck and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. “There’s no doubt about it, and he probably affects the whole team, not just offense,” Munchak said of Hasselbeck. “Again, a veteran that came in and adjusted as quickly as he did to the talent level around him even after losing Kenny Britt, which was a big loss for us, as you know, he did a good job holding things together.” Munchak said Gray has changed the team’s mindset on defense. “We did make personnel changes there to try to get bigger,” he said. “I think Jerry’s done a great job with the defense to make them very sound. They’ve been very steady and very consistent in a short period of time, and we know they can get a lot better.”
  • Munchak discussed his decision to hire several of his former Houston Oilers teammates, including former Texans offensive assistant Bruce Matthews and former Texans defensive coordinator Frank Bush, as assistant coaches. “I don’t have to worry about hiring a coach I didn’t know or wondering can I trust him in the heat of the battle, when a lot of coaches find out about their other coaches maybe six months later after things get under a little stress and things don’t go your way,” he said. “How does that guy respond? So I think the advantage of having guys like Bruce and like Jerry Gray and like Frank Bush and Chris Palmer, I’ve been around them. I’ve seen them handle pressure. I’ve seen them handle when situations didn’t go so well, so that was plus, plus, plus for me for those guys.”
  • Titans running back Chris Johnson has averaged 3.0 yards per carry this season. Said Munchak on the keys to getting him going: “We’ve been working on it. I think we thought the Cleveland game (in Week 4) where he had 100 yards and we actually ran the ball a little bit better, we thought we kind of got over the hump there, and then we played Pittsburgh and he only gets 12 carries. To me, it was very hard to judge. Even though he only had 50 yards or whatever he had, I still think he’s in a better position than people think he’s in… The two games we lost, he had 12 carries and 13 carries. We can’t afford to let that happen in this game against the Texans. We have to run the football if we’re going to win… It’s not just Chris Johnson, it’s the guys in front of him, it’s the way we’re calling the plays. When you’re last or whatever we are in rushing, it’s a group effort to do that.”
  • Munchak on the Texans’ much-improved defense under Wade Phillips: “They’re aggressive, man. Last week, they hit that quarterback. They may have had three or four sacks, but they must have hit him a dozen times. I think they’re being aggressive, attacking the line of scrimmage. (Brian) Cushing, he’s rushing quite a bit. (Antonio) Smith’s done a nice job. He’s got 4.5 sacks. I think they’re doing a nice job with their front four as far as creating a lot of pressure for the quarterback. I think the quarterbacks they’ve played against are aware of that. They’re getting rid of the ball quicker… I think Wade’s gone in there and done a great job. The defense is playing and making things happen with their front seven.”

Matt Hasselbeck conference call

  • Hasselbeck, who has the second-highest passer rating in the AFC, was asked what has helped him settle into the Titans’ offense so quickly this season. “We have a lot of meetings here about pass protection,” he said. “It might be because Munchak is the head coach and he’s got an offensive line background, but I think we’re really good at picking up blitzes and identifying and communicating. Maybe it just has to do with a little bit of the fact that we’ve got a veteran group. Our offensive line is a veteran group. Our backs have played a ton of games. Our tight ends have played a ton of games. I’ve played a bunch of games. Maybe that helps, too. People have tried to come after us a little bit with the blitz, and we’ve made them pay.”
  • On how he has accounted for the loss of Britt to a season-ending injury in Week 3: “Well, he’s a great player. He’s our Andre Johnson. He’s our guy that we expect to carry our team in the passing game and when he went out, it was a big loss. I think I’m more used to just spreading it around, anyway. I’ve never really had a guy that was a Pro Bowl-type guy that needed to get the ball or that kind of thing. We’re just running our offense doing our thing and taking what the defense gives you and seeing how they want to play coverage and finding one-on-one matchups and spreading the ball around, tight ends, running backs, everybody… Whoever gets the ball gets the ball.”

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Texans-Titans Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 19, 2011 – 3:34 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Tennessee Titans:

Texans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
FB James Casey (chest), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
G Mike Brisiel (shin), FS Danieal Manning (fibula), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), QB Matt Schaub (chest/hip)

Full Participation in Practice
LT Duane Brown (knee), LB Brian Cushing (elbow), CB Johnathan Joseph (shoulder), LB Darryl Sharpton (back/groin)

Titans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
S Chris Hope (forearm), LB Colin McCarthy (hamstring), TE Craig Stevens (rib)

Limited Participation in Practice
None

Full Participation in Practice
None


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