Inside the Box Score: Texans vs. 49ers

Inside the Box Score: Texans vs. 49ers
October 7, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Texans were crushed by the 49ers in front of a nationally audience on Sunday night.

Crushed.

Matt Schaub's pick-6 on the third offensive play, and his first throw, was the only score the 49ers ended up needing. Schaub has thrown a pick-6 in four consecutive games, a new record.

This is the second time this season the Texans have failed to score a touchdown. Their three points tied the lowest mark in franchise history. They haven't scored that few points since Dec. 14, 2003.

The big problem has been Schaub's interceptions. He now has nine interceptions to go with just eight touchdowns. He threw 12 interceptions all last season.

He's tied with Carson Palmer for the second-most INTs in the league behind Eli Manning, who has 12. Through five games last season, Schaub had thrown just two interceptions. This is the most a Texan has ever thrown through five games, surpassing David Carr's eight in 2003.

The 31-point loss is the fifth-worst in franchise history and the worst since 2006, when they lost 40-7 to the Patriots.

Randy Bullock was 1-for-2 on Sunday night. He has now made 7 of 12 field goal attempts this season (58.3 percent). Bullock is just the second player (Billy Cundiff in 2012 is the other) since 1992 with a field goal percentage under 60 with at least 12 attempts through five games. It's worth noting that three of Bullock's misses are from 50-plus yards.

Owen Daniels, playing in his 100th game, caught six passes for 60 yards. He has cought a pass in 88 consecutive regular season games. Andre Johnson caught three and has a catch in 106 consecutive games played.

While the offense and (at times) the special teams have struggled, the defense is doing its part.

The Texans have given up 1,301 yards so far this season. That's the fewest in the league among teams who have played five games and the fewest they've ever given up through five games. The Texans are giving up just 260.2 yards per game, the best in football.

They're first in the league, giving up 134.2 passing yards per game. But 27th in the league in rushing defense, giving up 126.0 yards per game. Opponents average 4.2 yards per attempt.

The Texans have the best defense in football yet the team hasn't held an opponent to fewer than 20 points. That's not a recipe for success.