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NFL Week 8 Game Capsule: Texans v. Titans

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The Houston Texans, reeling at 2-5, tangle with the similarly awful Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Learn more about the history and stats underlying the teams' histories on BRB.

Why so glum, chum?  Ryan Mallett would KILL to have your job right now.
Why so glum, chum? Ryan Mallett would KILL to have your job right now.
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Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your Houston Texans look to avoid falling four games under .500 by beating the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

SERIES

TITANS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

15-11

STREAKS

5 of past 6

COACHES VS. OPP.

Ken Whisenhunt: 1-2  

Bill O’Brien: 2-0

LAST WEEK

L 10-7 vs. Falcons

L 44-26 at Dolphins

LAST GAME

11/30/14: Titans 21 at Texans 45. Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for 358 yards & 6 TDs (147.5 passer rating). Texans DE J.J. Watt records 2 sacks & catches 1-yard TD pass.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/30/14

REFEREE

Clete Blakeman

BROADCAST

CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 81 (Ten.), 93 (Hou.). XM: 226 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING

Mariota (R): 103-161-1239-9-5-93.2 OR

Mettenberger: 27-43-250-1-2-67.0

Hoyer: 106-180-1346-11-3-95.7

RUSHING

McCluster: 35-176-5.0-0

Blue: 60-234-3.9-1

RECEIVING

Walker (TE): 29-299-10.3-1

Hopkins: 58 (T2L)-776 (1L)-13.4-5

OFFENSE

326.3

383.6

TAKE/GIVE

-4

-5

DEFENSE

324.3 (3C)

370.9

SACKS

Morgan: 4.5

Watt: 6 (3C)

INTs

Sensabaugh: 2

Hal: 2

PUNTING

Kern: 44.5

Lechler: 46.2

KICKING

Succop: 29 (14/14 PAT; 5/5 FG)

Novak: 20 (11/12 PAT; 3/4 FG)

TITANS:

QB MARCUS MARIOTA (No. 2 overall) has 2+ TD passes in 3 of 5 career starts. He leads NFL rookies in passer rating (93.2) and is tied for first among rookies with 9 TD passes.

QB ZACH METTENBERGER passed for 187 yards and a TD in his first start of season last week. Mettenberger has a TD pass in 6 of 7 career starts, including 3 multi-TD games.

RB ANTONIO ANDREWS led the Titans with a career-high 57 rush yards versus the Falcons.

RB BISHOP SANKEY (934) needs 66 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 for his career.

In 3 career starts versus Houston, WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 16 catches for 228 yards and 2 TDs, including 132 yards and a TD in his last meeting with the Texans.

Last week, TE DELANIE WALKER led Tennessee with 7 catches for 55 yards. Since 2014, Walker ranks third among AFC TEs with 1,189 receiving yards. He aims for his 10th consecutive game with 3+ receptions.

LB DERRICK MORGAN has 7.5 sacks & 2 forced fumbles in his past 9 games.

LB ZACH BROWN leads the Titans with 39 tackles.

LB AVERY WILLIAMSON has has first career interception last week.

Since entering the NFL in 2011, DT JURRELL CASEY ranks 3rd among AFC DTs with 24.5 sacks.

TEXANS:

In his past four games, QB BRIAN HOYER has completed 88 of 146 (60.3%) passes for 1,110 yards with 10 TDs, 2 INTs, and a 101.1 rating, including 273 yards and 3 TDs last week versus the Dolphins. Hoyer is aiming for his third game in a row with 3 TDs and his fifth in a row with 2+ TDs.

In his last start (9/27/15 versus Tampa Bay), RB ALFRED BLUE rushed for 139 yards on 31 attempts and had a TD. Blue (897) needs 103 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 for his career.

WR DEANDRE HOPKINS leads the Texans with 58 catches, tied for second-most of any NFL player through his team’s first 7 games to begin the season. In his past five games, Hopkins has 44 catches for 625 yards and 3 TDs, including four 100-yard games.

WR NATE WASHINGTON had a team-high 9 catches for 127 yards and 2 TDs last week. Washington spent 6 seasons with the Titans (2009-14) before signing with Houston this past offseason.

In his past 12 games, J.J. WATT has 17 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a safety, 7 PDs, and a TD catch, including 2 sacks versus the Dolphins. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Watt leads the league with 63 sacks.

LB BRIAN CUSHING leads the Texans with 55 tackles.

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