By the Numbers: Cardinals 27, Texans 24

By the Numbers: Cardinals 27, Texans 24
November 10, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Keenum on the difference in the second half

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The Texans lost to the Cardinals on Sunday, for a franchise-worst seven losses in a row.

Here are some more interesting statistics:

  • Through nine games, the Texans have 3,386 yards of offense and their defense has given up 2,520. That's a yard differential of 866.

The Texans are one of 100 teams in NFL history to have a yard margin of 866 through nine games and have the worst record of all of them at 2-7. They are one of five to have a losing record and the other four were 4-5 (most recently the 2010 Chargers).

  • On Sunday, the Texans were actually outgained by the Cardinals for just the second time this season.

The Texans' 235 yards of offense is their worst output this season and the worst overall since the loss to the Vikings in Week 16 last year.

  • For as bad as the Astros were this season, the Texans are statistically worse. The Astros' 2013 winning percentage was .315. The Texans' winning percentage through nine games is .222.
  • This ties the 2002 season for the second-worst start in franchise history. They were only worse in 2005, when they went 1-8 through nine games.
  • Randy Bullock went 1-for-2 on Sunday. The miss was big but it wasn't his fault. His kick at the end of the first half was blocked by a rusher off the edge. But with the 1-for-2 performance, dropped his percentage to 60.9 percent.
  • Andre Johnson had two more touchdown catches on Sunday. That gives him five in the last two games after he had zero before last week and just four all last year.

Catching touchdowns has never been a stat that Johnson has dominated. He's never had more than nine in a season.

He caught touchdown No. 60 and 61 of his career on Sunday. Since he entered the league in 2003, eight players have had more and two others are tied with him at 61. Calvin Johnson has 63 TDs since he entered the league in 2007.

  • In the third quarter on Sunday, Shane Lechler became the sixth player in NFL history to reach 50,000 punting yards in a career. Jeff Feagles is the all-time NFL leader with 71,211.

Lechler has punted 50,311 yards in his career. That's about 28.5 miles.

According to Texasn PR, on Sunday, Lechler punted seven times for an average of 58.9 yards. That's the seventh-best average in NFL history and the best as a Texan with a minimum of four punts.

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