Texans v. Jaguars: Notes From The Weekly Press Release

The Houston Texans just sent out their pre-game press packet for the upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and I thought I might run through some of the stuff that popped up to me...

 

  • Houston is 4-2 this season when they score first and 4-0 when they hold opponents under 20 points. Both of those things bode well this week for a Jacksonville team that is averaging just 12 points per game and is ranked 31st in the NFL in scoring offense.
  • The other thing that shocked me? Houston's lowest sack output of the season is two in three different games, including last week against Tennessee. For a team that's struggled for so long with a pass rush, that's an awful encouraging number.
  • The Texans are just 3-2 this season when they have won the turnover battle. I was really shocked by that, since they're 37-14 in franchise history when positive in turnovers for a game and 24-7 in the Kubiak Era. Seems like that may be some luck which will even out in the next few games.
  • No one player has scored more than one touchdown against the Texans all season. 13 players have done it once, but none have scored multiple times. That's as bizarre as it is obscure.
  • The Texans are also 4-0 this season when they have a 100-yard rusher. As goes the rushing game, so goes the Texans.
  • For the fourth week this season, Houston is sporting a top 10 defense and a top 10 offense. The defense is ranked eighth overall and the offense is seventh overall and fifth rushing. 
  • It's Battle Red Day for the Texans and Marv Albert and Rich Gannon will be calling the game on CBS. That's not the worst-possible annoucing setup for this game, but I was hoping for something better.
  • A victory this week would give Houston 10 wins against Jacksonville in franchise history, the most it would have against any team. 
  • According to the depth chart, James Casey will be back and starting in this one, while Troy Nolan will take over at free safety for the injured Danieal Manning. Nolan's start is significant, because he may have had the best game of his career against the Jags back on Jan. 2 of this year, when he made six tackles, had a sack, an interception and recovered a fumble.
  • If the Texans recover a fumble in this one, they'll equal their entire total from the 2010 season. Another blocked kick will also set the franchise record with three.
  • Antonio Smith needs one-half sack to take third place on the all-time franchise list away from Jason Babin. Smith needs 1 1/2 sacks to set a single-season high for himself and 3 1/2 to get him to 30 sacks for his career.
  • If Andre Johnson plays, he needs just two catches to get to 700 for his career, which would be the second-fastest in NFL history after Marvin Harrison.

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