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NFL Week 7 Game Capsule: Texans v. Steelers

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Take a look inside the numbers as the Houston Texans prepare to travel to Pittsburgh for a Monday night football game against the Steelers.

Such a great memory.
Such a great memory.
Bob Levey

Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your Houston Texans continue to build toward their Monday Night Football tilt against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

TEXANS

STEELERS

MON. RECORD

3-4

40-24

SERIES LEADER

Series tied, 2-2

STREAKS

2 of past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

O’Brien: 0-0

Tomlin: 1-1

LAST WEEK

L 33-28 vs. Colts

L 31-10 at Browns

LAST GAME

10/2/11: Steelers 10 at Texans 17. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 155 yards, including 42-yard TD. Texans TE Owen Daniels catches 5 passes for 69 yards & TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/7/08: Steelers 38, Texans 17. Pittsburgh RB Willie Parker rushes for 138 yards & 3 TDs. Steelers WR Hines Ward adds 6 receptions for 76 yards & 2 TDs (13, 16).

BROADCAST

ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Hou.), 92 (Pit.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Hou.), 226 (Pit.).

PASSING

Fitzpatrick: 104-160-1268-6-6-86.1

Roethlisberger: 143-219-1593-8-3-93.3

RUSHING

Foster: 106-513 (3L)-4.8-5 (1C)

Bell: 105-542 (1C)-5.2-1

RECEIVING

A. Johnson: 34-419-12.3-1

A. Brown: 41 (1C)-629 (1C)-15.3-5 (3C)

OFFENSE

337.0

396.5 (3C)

TAKE/GIVE

+4 (3C)

-1

DEFENSE

397.2

337.0

SACKS

Watt: 4

Heyward: 3

INTs

6 tied: 1

C. Allen: 2 (T1C)

PUNTING

Lechler: 48.4 (2C)

Wing: 44.1

KICKING

Bullock: 42 (15/15 PAT; 9/11 FG)

Suisham: 46 (13/13 PAT; 11/12 FG)

TEXANS:

Last week, QB RYAN FITZPATRICK had 212 pass yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for a 109.3 rating.

In his only career meeting against Pittsburgh, RB ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 155 yards on 30 attempts (5.2 avg.) & a TD. The Texans are 6-0 when Foster has 30+ att. He has rushed for 100+ in 4 of 5 games in 2014. Since 2010, Foster leads the AFC with 5,319 rush yards.

In his last game at Pittsburgh, WR ANDRE JOHNSON had 10 receptions for 112 yards. For his career, 'Dre averages 6 receptions per game, the best in NFL history (min. 100 games). Last week, Johnson became the 15th player in history to reach 13,000 receiving yards (13,080). He needs 10 yards to surpass HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 14 all-time.

WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 12 receptions for 179 yards in past 2 games on the road.

DE J.J. WATT had 2 sacks & 45-yard fumble return for a TD last week.  Watt is the first player since 1961 with a TD catch, fumble return for a TD, and an INT returned for a TD in the same season (BILLY STACY). Since 2012, Watt leads the NFL with 35 sacks.

LB JUSTIN TUGGLE had 1st career INT last week.

STEELERS:

In 3 career meetings, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 597 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for a 109.6 rating. He has posted a 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. The Steelers are 53-7 (.883) when Big Ben posts a 100+ rating.

RB LE’VEON BELL leads the AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 793 scrimmage yards (542 rush, 251 rec.). He aims for 7th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards.

In his past 9 games at home, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 59 catches for 1,035 yards & 9 TDs. Brown has 5+ catches & 50+ yards in 22 consecutive games, the longest such streak in NFL history.

WR LANCE MOORE scored 1st TD since joining Pittsburgh last week.

DE CAMERON HEYWARD has a sack in 2 of past 3, including 1 versus Cleveland last week.

LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads the team with 51 tackles, including a team-high 10 vs. Cle.

In 3 career meetings with the Texans, S TROY POLAMALU has 3 sacks & an INT.

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