By the numbers: Texans vs. Bears

By the numbers: Texans vs. Bears
November 9, 2012, 10:00 am
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Sunday night will feature two of the best defenses in NFL.

The Texans and Bears are also two teams the run the ball and eat the clock. The Texans lead the league in time of possession (35:13), but the Bears are third (32:23). It's a rare matchup this late in the season for two teams with one or fewer losses. It's only happened six times since 1970. That means looking at this game by the numbers is all the more important.

1/2: The Bears and Texans rank first and second in the league in point differential.  Chicago at 14.5 points per game and Houston at 12.5 points per game.

.1: That's the number that separates the Texans and the Bears in points per game. Houston ranks second in the NFL at 29.6 points per game, and Chicago is third 29.5.

28: This is a big number. It's the number of takeaways that the Bears have this season to lead the NFL. But it's also the number of times Jay Cutler has been sacked. Cutler is the second most sacked quarterback in the NFL, just one sack shy of Aaron Rodgers who leads the league. On the other side, Matt Schaub is tied for 31st in the league after being sacked just 10 times through eight games.

4: Charles Tillman forced four fumbles last week against the Titans. The Colts have four forced fumbles this season, and Tillman doubled the Rams Sunday, who have just two forced fumbles this season.

14: Sunday against the Bills was the fifth time this season that the Texans have held their opponent to under 14 points. It was also the 14th time in 24 games this defense has done that under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

30: Tillman is just one of two players in NFL history since 1991 to have 30 career forced fumbles and 30 career interceptions.  The other is Brian Dawkins.   

1: There has only been one game this season that Arian Foster has caught more than one pass. Foster had six catches vs Jacksonville in Week 2. Last Sunday against Buffalo was the only game that Foster didn't record a reception this season.

Third Down: Both teams are remarkable on the defensive side of the ball on third down. The Bears rank third in the NFL (33.01%) and the Texans lead the league (26.47 percent).

Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Arian Foster's caddie is in no danger of missing Week 9.
Oct 30 3:41PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Johnson was never in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. With six teams on bye for Week 9, Johnson is a WR1.
Oct 30 3:40PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1...
Oct 30 3:39PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
Oct 28 4:04PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and zero... Fitzpatrick was pretty bad for most of the day, begging to be picked off, but the Texans rode Arian Foster's legs to victory. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown went to Foster on...
Oct 26 3:45PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-16, Week 8... Foster managed just 36 yards on his first 10 carries, but broke a 34-yard touchdown and had no trouble finding holes in the Tennessee defense from there on. Foster caught a...
Oct 26 3:21PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Titans. Clowney will play on a "pitch count," likely in pass-rushing and third-down situations. Good luck with Clowney and J.J. Watt, Zach Mettenberger. Inactive for the...
Oct 26 10:34AM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is likely to play against the Titans, but will be on a... "I thought what he did what he had to do this week," coach Bill O’Brien said. "I think he’s got a good shot to play on Sunday." Clowney has been...
Oct 25 9:13AM Read More

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