NFL Week 13 Game Capsule: Texans v. Patriots

"Hold me, Bill. I can't take it anymore." - Jim Rogash

A look inside the history and numbers of Texans-Patriots as the 2-9 (ugh) Houston Texans (losers of nine straight!) prepare to host the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.

Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your 2-9 Houston Texans ready themselves for a bludgeoning at the hands of the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium on Sunday:

PATRIOTS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

3-1

STREAKS

3-1

COACHES VS. OPP.

Belichick: 4-1

Kubiak: 1-3

LAST WEEK

W 34-31 (OT) vs. Broncos

L 13-6 vs. Jaguars

LAST GAME

12/10/12: Texans 14 at Patriots 42. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 296 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd catches 37-yard TD & recovers fumble in end zone for TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

1/3/10: Texans 34, Patriots 27. Houston overcomes 14-point 4th-quarter deficit. Texans RB Arian Foster rushes for 119 yards & 2 4th-quarter TDs.

BROADCAST

CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 132 (NE), 92 (Hou.). XM: 225 (Hou.).

PASSING

Brady: 257-430-2,896-17-7-86.3

Keenum: 88-160-1,161-8-2-89.6

RUSHING

Ridley: 135-576-4.3-7 (3C)

Tate: 129-544-4.2-1

RECEIVING

Edelman: 61-610-10.0-4

A. Johnson: 74 (T3L)-1,002 (3C)-13.5-5

OFFENSE

370.9 (3C)

363.5

TAKE/GIVE

+8 (2C)

-12

DEFENSE

360.1

290.4 (1L)

SACKS

Cha. Jones: 10.5

Watt: 9.5

INTs

Talib: 4 (T2C)

5 tied: 1

PUNTING

Allen (R): 46.0

Lechler: 48.3 (3C)

KICKING

Gostkowski: 108 (1L) (30/30 PAT; 26/27 FG)

Bullock: 75 (18/18 PAT; 19/28 FG)

PATRIOTS:

Have won 15 of past 16 in December…

QB TOM BRADY is 4-1 vs. Texans (incl. postseason), with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 100.6 rating. Has 351 TD passes, 5th-most in NFL history. Brady’s 144 wins are 5th-most all-time by starting QB in regular season. Brady has 41-6 (.873) career record in December…

RB STEVAN RIDLEY has totaled 154 yards with 2 rush TDs in past 2 vs. Hou. (incl. postseason).

RB SHANE VEREEN had 5 catches for 83 yards in postseason game vs. Hou. Has 8 catches in each of past 2…

Since season debut in Week 7, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI leads NFL TEs in catches (31) & rec. yards (433). Aims for 4th straight game with TD reception…

WR JULIAN EDELMAN posted 2nd 100-yard rec. game of season last week…

DE CHANDLER JONES has 7.5 sacks in past 7. Has career-high 10.5 sacks in 2013…

S DEVIN MC COURTY had INT in last regular season game vs. Hou…

Rookie CB LOGAN RYAN posted 2nd INT of season last week…

K STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI has made 21 consecutive FGs, 2nd-most in single season in team history (ADAM VINATIERI, 23 in 2004)…

TEXANS:

QB CASE KEENUM has 4 TDs vs. 2 INT & 84.9 rating in 3 career starts at home…

RB BEN TATE has 80+ rush yards in 3 of 6 home games in 2013. Has career-high 29 receptions this season…

Rookie RB DENNIS JOHNSON averaged 5.7 yards per carry last week (13 att., 74 yards)…

WR ANDRE JOHNSON has totaled 16 catches for 190 yards in last 2 vs. NE (incl. playoffs). Johnson (892) needs 8 catches to become 15th player in NFL history to reach 900 career. Has 19 career games with at least 10 catches & 100+ rec. yards, most in NFL history. Averages 109.2 rec. yards per game at home this season (655 total). For career, Johnson averages 6 receptions per game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games).

WR DEANDRE HOPKINS is 2nd among NFL rookies in rec. yards (554)…

Defense allows NFL-low 290.4 yards per game…

DE J.J. WATT aims for 6th straight game with sack. Since 2012, Watt leads NFL w/ 30 sacks. Leads team with 56 tackles in 2013.

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