NFL Capsule: Vikings at Texans

NFL Capsule: Vikings at Texans
December 20, 2012, 2:32 pm
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MINNESOTA (8-6) At HOUSTON (12-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Texans by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 7-7; Houston 9-5

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 2-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 14; Texans No. 5

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Texans 28-21, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Rams 36-22; Texans beat Colts 29-17

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (4), PASS (32)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (13), PASS (23)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (5), PASS (11)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (5), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - With win, Houston secures both first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson needs 188 yards rushing to become seventh NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in season. ... He needs 294 yards rushing to break Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL rushing record of 2,105 set in 1984. ... Peterson's 1,313 yards rushing in last eight games most in eight-game span in single season in NFL history. ... Peterson has rushed for at least 100 yards in team-record eight straight games. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson has nine career games with at least 10 receptions and 150 yards receiving - tied with Tim Brown for second most in NFL history. ... Johnson needs one catch to reach 800 for career. Sunday is his 137th game, and catch would make him second fastest to reach milestone in NFL history behind Marvin Harrison, who did it in 131st game. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has 41 sacks in past 39 games. ... Houston DE J.J. Watt needs 3 1/2 sacks to break Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22 1/2 . ... Minnesota LB Chad Greenway leads team with 140 tackles. ... Texans LB Whitney Mercilus tied for first among AFC rookies with six sacks. ... Vikings rookie S Harrison Smith tied for NFL lead with two interception returns for touchdowns. ... Houston RB Arian Foster leads NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns. ... Foster's 1,313 yards rushing best in AFC and mark third straight season with at least 1,200 yards rushing. ... Vikings have nine players from Texas on roster. ... Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier's son Corey and Houston coach Gary Kubiak's son Klein play football together at Rice. ... Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has second most touchdown catches among tight ends in NFL with eight.

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Texans - Team News
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Johnson briefly exited Sunday's game against the Bills in the fourth quarter. He said after the game that he was "fine," but felt a "pop" in the ankle. ...
Oct 1 3:41PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Foster is likely going to miss plenty of practice reps this week before being a game-time decision against the Cowboys on Sunday. Foster said he wasn't 100 percent in Week...
Oct 1 3:38PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (meniscus) has resumed jogging, and hopes to return in a "few... Sidelined since September 7, Clowney was given a 4-6 week timetable upon going down. That makes a "few weeks" attainable, but not ahead of schedule. The Clowney...
Sep 30 3:18PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Texans coach Bill O'Brien referred to Arian Foster (hamstring) on Monday as "day to... Foster himself acknowledged he wasn't 100 percent in Sunday's win over the Bills, managing six yards on eight carries. He'll likely continue to be limited in practice all...
Sep 29 4:20PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Following Sunday's win over the Bills, Arian Foster (hamstring) admitted he "just wasn't... Foster rushed eight times for six yards while playing on just 54.1 percent of the snaps, but did salvage his box score a bit with seven catches for 55 yards. The good news...
Sep 29 8:42AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson said the ankle injury that briefly sidelined him Sunday is "fine." "I was more scared than anything because I felt a pop, so I went in and got checked," Johnson said. We never like to hear about pops, but Johnson did come back...
Sep 28 5:37PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught three passes for 28 yards in Week 4 against the Bills. He was targeted five times. Graham is on pace for just 36 catches and 380 yards this season, but should be more involved going forward now that he's healthy. He was used in...
Sep 28 5:25PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue had nine carries for nine yards in Week 4 against the Bills. With Arian Foster playing through a hamstring injury, Blue was used in a committee and finished with more carries. He added two catches for 16 yards on three targets. Blue...
Sep 28 5:22PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins had five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 win over... Hopkins beat Corey Graham for a 35-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. He finished with just six targets despite Andre Johnson missing time with an ankle injury....
Sep 28 5:03PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster totaled 61 yards on 15 touches in Sunday's Week 4 win over Buffalo. Foster was held to six yards on eight carries, but was targeted 10 times by checkdown artist Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was clearly running at half-speed and looked sluggish...
Sep 28 4:07PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 25-of-37 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions... Fitzpatrick's only notable play was a 35-yard touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins at the end of the first half. He managed the Texans to a win without any help from Arian Foster or...
Sep 28 3:55PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson left Sunday's Week 4 game against the Bills with an ankle injury. Johnson came up lame on a pass in the fourth quarter and was taken to the locker room. He was able to jog off under his own power and later returned to the game. Johnson...
Sep 28 3:01PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Arian Foster (hamstring) is moving with a slight limp... Per Breer, the Texans will "monitor his hamstring early in the game, determine his workload from there." It's similar to what was reported by beat writer Tania...
Sep 28 11:40AM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (hamstring) is active for Week 4 against the Bills. Foster will be available for a full workload after sitting out last week. He's Rotoworld's No. 12 running back against the Bills' top-five run defense. Inactive for the...
Sep 28 10:33AM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
According to the Houston Chronicle, Arian Foster will "definitely" play in Sunday's... The chronic hamstring issue Foster has been battling for two months is good to go. "Foster would't be active if he wasn't 100 percent. That means he'll get a full...
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