NFL Week 16 Game Capsule: Texans v. Broncos

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The Denver Broncos are scheduled to annihilate the Houston Texans on Sunday at Reliant Stadium. Take a gander inside the numbers to see why the Texans are sure to lose.

Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your 2-12 Houston Texans prepare to host the might-as-well-be-158-0 Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium on Sunday:




Series tied, 2-2




Fox: 0-3

Phillips: 0-1


L 27-20 vs. Chargers

L 25-3 at Colts


9/23/12: Texans 31 at Broncos 25. Houston QB Matt Schaub passes for 290 yards & 4 TDs, including 60-yarder to WR Andre Johnson. Texans DE J.J. Watt records 2.5 sacks.


12/13/07: Texans 31, Broncos 13. Houston QB Sage Rosenfels rushes for TD & throws TD to Andre Johnson. Texans RBs Ron Dayne & Vonta Leach each score rushing TD.


CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 137 (Den.), 98 (Hou.). XM: 233 (Hou.).


Manning: 393-580-4,811 (1L)-47 (1L)-10-112.9 (1C)

Keenum: 137-253-1,760-9-6-78.2


Moreno: 224-939 (3C)-4.2-10 (T3L)

Tate: 181-771-4.3-4


D. Thomas: 78-1,194-15.3-11 (T1C)

A. Johnson: 99 (1L)-1,295 (3C)-13.1-5


453.4 (1L)







304.2 (1C)


Phillips: 10

Watt: 9.5


Harris, Trevathan: 3

Joseph: 3


Colquitt: 44.3

Lechler: 48.0 (3C)


Prater: 127 (3C) (67/67 PAT; 20/21 FG)

Bullock: 93 (24/24 PAT; 23/32 FG)


Have scored 535 points, 8th-most by team in season in NFL history (NE, 589)…

QB PEYTON MANNING has passed for 4,811 yards, most ever through 1st 14 games of season. Manning’s 47 TD passes are 4th-most in single-season in NFL history. For career, Manning is 16-3 vs. Hou. with 44 TDs vs. 8 INTs & 108.5 rating…

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (939) needs 61 rush yards to register 1st 1,000-yard rush season…

Since 2012, WRs ERIC DECKER & DEMARYIUS THOMAS have 21 TD catches apiece, tied for most in AFC. Decker had 8 catches for 136 yards (17 avg.) in last game vs. Hou.

WR ANDRE CALDWELL had career-best 2 TD rec. last week.

WR WES WELKER had 8 catches for 131 yards (16.4 avg.) in Div. playoffs vs. Hou. (w/ NE on 1/13/13).

TE JULIUS THOMAS (11) has most TD rec. by Broncos TE in season in franchise history.

Den. is 1st team in NFL history to have 4 players score at least 10 TDs in same season…

DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (10) needs 2 sacks to surpass career-best of 11.5 in ’06…

LB VON MILLER attended Texas A&M…


QB CASE KEENUM has 80.7 passer rating in 4 career home starts…

RB BEN TATE rushed for season-best 102 yards in last game at home. Needs rush TD to surpass career-high of 4 in 2011…

WR ANDRE JOHNSON (99) needs catch to reach 100 receptions for 5th time in career. Johnson (10) is tied with HOFer JERRY RICE for most games with 10 catches for 150+ rec. yards in NFL history. For career, Johnson averages 6 receptions per game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games). Had 60-yard TD catch in last game vs. Broncos.

WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS is averaging 25.6 yards per catch in Dec. (8 catches, 205 yards). Is 2nd among NFL rookies in receiving yards (759)…

Rookie TE RYAN GRIFFIN had career-best in catches (6) & rec. yards (62) last week…

Since 2012, DE J.J. WATT leads NFL w/ 30 sacks. Watt had 2.5 sacks in last game at Den…

CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has INT in 2 of past 3 games…

LB BROOKS REED aims for 3rd straight game with sack.

LB JOE MAYS spent 3 seasons w/ Den. (2010-12).

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