One thing that T.J. Yates has learned to do quite well from his predecessor Matt Schaub is find the tight ends. In the Houston Texans last contest versus the Cincinnati Bengals four weeks ago, Yates found Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen for a combined 10 catches, 122 receiving yards and a touchdown catch by Dreessen that helped the Texans defeat the Bengals 20-19 and win the AFC South title.
Per the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, here is a scouting report on the Houston Texans offense as they prepare to do battle this Saturday afternoon:
When the Texans run: Houston was second in the league on run offense, averaging 153 yards per game and ran for over 100 yards in all but three games. Arian Foster averaged a league-best 141.6 scrimmage yards per game (1,841 total in 13 games) in ’11 and tied Willis McGahee with seven 100-yard games. Foster (1,224) and Ben Tate (942) were only running back duo with 900-plus rush yards apiece in ’11. The Bengals allowed 220 yards last week which was the most rushing yards they have allowed in Mike Zimmer’s tenure as defensive coordinator. Six of the last eight opponents have rushed for 100 yards or more and two backs have had 100-yard games (Denver’s McGahee and Baltimore’s Ray Rice twice). Thomas Howard led the team in tackles with 120.
When the Texans pass: Since his game-winning touchdown pass to Kevin Walter with six seconds left against the Bengals, T.J. Yates has no touchdowns and two interceptions. In his past two games against the Bengals, Andre Johnson has 19 receptions for 278 yards (14.6 average). Tight end Owen Daniels had seven catches for 100 yards in last game against Bengals. He caught two touchdowns against the Bengals in the 2009 game. The Bengals have allowed two 300-yard passers and seven 100-yard receivers this season. Safety Reggie Nelson, who led the team with four interceptions, had an interception in the game against Houston. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins led the team with 7.5 sacks this season.
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