Rams-Texans Capsule

Rams-Texans Capsule
October 10, 2013, 12:12 pm
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ST. LOUIS (2-3) at HOUSTON (2-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Texans by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 1-4, Houston 0-5

SERIES RECORD - Series tied 1-1

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Rams 16-13, Dec. 20, 2009

LAST WEEK - Rams beat Jaguars 34-20; Texans lost to 49ers 34-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 25, Texans No. 19

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (29), PASS (16)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (29), PASS (17)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (8), PASS (13)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (28), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Only other meeting between these teams in Houston was 33-27 St. Louis win in 2005. ... St. Louis rookie Zac Stacy had career-high 78 yards rushing in first NFL start last week. ... TE Jared Cook leads team with 266 yards receiving. ... WR Tavon Austin's 23 catches are most for rookie this season. ... DE Robert Quinn is tied for NFC lead with five sacks and has six sacks in last six games dating back to last season. ... DE Chris Long has 11 1/2 sacks in his past 12 games against AFC. ... S Matt Giordano scored second career touchdown on interception return of 82 yards last week. ... Houston QB Matt Schaub has had interception returned for touchdown in four straight games. ... Schaub has nine interceptions in five games this season after throwing 12 last year. ... TE Owen Daniels broke right leg and will miss next eight weeks. ... RB Arian Foster is 89 yards shy of reaching 5,000 career yards rushing and is second in AFC with 390 yards rushing in 2013. ... Foster has had five 100-yard rushing games in his last eight against NFC and Houston is 17-7 when he has 100 or more yards rushing. ... S Ed Reed's 61 career interceptions are most among active players and he has two interceptions in three games against St. Louis. ... DE J.J. Watt has eight sacks in 10 games against NFC and has 3 1/2 sacks this season. ... LB Whitney Mercilus has 3 1/2 sacks in last two games and leads team with 4 1/2.

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Texans - Team News
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8. Johnson practiced in full Friday after being limited early in the week. He'll continue to play through his ankle injury. Johnson is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday's game...
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.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
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...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More
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...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
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...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
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.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to HoustonTexans.com, 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...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
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,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
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...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
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...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More

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