By the Numbers: Patriots 34, Texans 31

By the Numbers: Patriots 34, Texans 31
December 2, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The Texans lost to the Patriots on Sunday, 34-31. It's the team's 10th straight loss after winning two to start the season. Here are some more statistics from Sunday's game and the disastrous season.

  • The Texans have now lost seven games by seven points or fewer, including the last six. They've lost more one-score games than any other team this year.

The next closest teams this year are the Falcons, Ravens and Chargers. All three have lost five games by seven points or fewer.

The NFL record for games lost by seven points or fewer is nine. That has been done four times in NFL history, most recently by the 2011 Vikings. Nineteen teams have lost that way eight times.

Only the 2001 Lions and the 1993 Patriots (eight games) have lost by seven points or fewer more times through 12 games.

  • The Texans have gained 4,383 yards this season. At 2-10, they have the worst record of any team in NFL history with 4,300 yards through 12 games.

While the Texans have gained a lot of yards, they aren't scoring a whole lot. They have scored just 230 points this year. They're the fifth team in NFL history to score that few points with over 4,300 yards of offense through 12 games.

  • The Texans scored 31 points on Sunday. It's the 26th time in franchise history they've done that. With the loss, they're 23-3 in games where they score 31 points.
  • They are 33-1 when giving up 34 points. They've given up at least 34 points three times this season.
  • Ben Tate ran wild on Sunday. He ran 102 times on 22 carries with three touchdowns.

Tate became the first player in the NFL this season with 100-plus yards and three rushing touchdowns in a game. It’s the first time a Texan has had three rushing touchdowns since Arian Foster did it on Sept. 12, 2010 and Tate’s game was the third time in franchise history.

The Texans got another rushing touchdown from Case Keenum late in the third quarter. Sunday was the first time in team history the Texans have scored four rushing touchdowns.

  • Andre Johnson reached the 900-catch plateau on Sunday. He became the 15th player in NFL history to do that and did it in the second fewest games. Marvin Harrison (149) is the only person to do it faster than Johnson, who did it in 150 games.
  • Johnathan Joseph recorded his second interception on Sunday. He's tied for 17th among active players in the league with 22.

But the Texans have just five interceptions on the season, dead last in the league. They're also tied with the Jets with nine takeaways, also good for dead last in the NFL.

The fewest interceptions the Texans have ever had in a season is seven in 2005. They might not get there this year.

Texans - Team News
Andre Johnson - WR
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Oct 24 5:19PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
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Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
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Arian Foster - RB
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
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Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
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