Texans-Cardinals Capsule

Texans-Cardinals Capsule
November 7, 2013, 3:40 pm
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HOUSTON (2-6) at ARIZONA (4-4)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Cardinals by 1.

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 1-7, Arizona 5-3

SERIES RECORD - Tied 1-1

LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat Texans 28-21, Oct. 11, 2009

LAST WEEK - Texans lost to Colts 27-24; Cardinals had bye

AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 28, Cardinals No. 16

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (9), PASS (11).

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (18), PASS (1).

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (24), PASS (18).

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (4), PASS (24).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans and Cardinals have met only twice, fewest number of games for Arizona against any team. ... Houston RB Arian Foster has left each of the last two games in first quarter with hamstring and back injuries. ... QB Case Keenum has 4 TD passes and no interceptions in his two starts, predecessor Matt Schaub had 8 TDs and 9 interceptions. ... Houston's six-game losing streak ties a franchise record. The Texans lost six in a row twice when they went 2-14 in 2005. ... Although Houston leads the league in overall defense, the Texans are well down the list in points allowed at 221. ... The Cardinals have 23 sacks to Houston's 20 and have played one fewer game than the Texans. ... At this stage a year ago, Arizona also was 4-4 but had lost four straight en route to what became a 5-11 season. ... Arizona defensive coordinator was secondary coach in Dallas when current Texans defensive coordinator and interim head coach Wade Phillips was the Cowboys' head coach in 2007. ... Houston's Andre Johnson and Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald are third and fifth, respectively, in yards receiving among active players. ... Arizona rookie RB Andre Ellington leads the NFL at 7.7 yards per carry for players with a minimum of 40 attempts. ... Arizona is the only team in the NFL with at least seven players who have two or more takeaways.

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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