Texans' preventing turnovers at near-record pace

Texans' preventing turnovers at near-record pace
November 6, 2012, 5:30 pm
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Ball control means everything in Chicago

(US Presswire)

Don't turn the ball over. Win football games.

It's that simple and it's part of the formula the Texans have used to be successful in 2012.

Through eight games -- they're 7-1 -- the Texans have turned the ball over just six times. They've lost one fumble and have thrown five interceptions. Matt Schaub has thrown four INTs, while T.J. Yates has thrown one. Ben Tate lost a fumble.

The Texans lead the league in fewest turnovers, followed by Atlanta and New England (seven apiece), Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Green Bay and Tampa Bay (eight apiece) and Washington (nine).

The combined record of those teams: 43-23. They're winning games at a 65 percent clip.

The Texans will have a huge challenge when they face the Bears this week. Chicago leads the NFL with 28 takeaways in 2012.

“When you look at it historically, there’s not," head coach Gary Kubiak said when asked if turnovers are the second-most important stat after points. 

Through eight games in 2012, the Texans have turned the ball over just .75 times per game. At this pace, they'll end their season with 12, which would place them third on the NFL's all-time fewest turnovers list.

The Patriots turned the ball over 10 times in 2010. The 49ers turned the ball over 10 times in 2011. The 1982 Chiefs turned the ball over 12 times, but that was in a nine-game strike-shortened season. In the history of the NFL, there have only been 15 teams to have 15 or fewer turnovers in a season.

"I think our guys just believe in it so much," Kubiak said. "When we protect the ball, the statistics will show you that we got a good chance of winning and it’s something we talk about every week. Halfway through this thing, it’s been as good as I’ve been around so hopefully we continue.”