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NFL Week 12 Game Capsule: Texans v. Saints

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The resurgent Houston Texans welcome the New Orleans Saints to NRG Stadium this week. Learn more about the history and stats underlying the teams' histories on BRB.

Odds are that Rahim Moore won't even have a jersey to exchange on Sunday.
Odds are that Rahim Moore won't even have a jersey to exchange on Sunday.
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Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your Houston Texans attempt to knock off the New Orleans Saints to improve to 6-5 on the 2015 campaign.

SERIES

SAINTS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

2-1

STREAKS

2 of past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Sean Payton: 1-1

Bill O’Brien: 0-0

LAST WEEK

Bye (Wk. 10: L 47-14 at Redskins)

W 24-17 vs. Jets

LAST GAME

9/25/11: Texans 33 at Saints 40. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 370 yards & 3 TDs. Saints TE Jimmy Graham has 100 rec. yards & TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/18/07: Saints 10, Texans 23. Houston QB Matt Schaub throws for 293 yards & 2 TDs. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 120 rec. yards & TD.

REFEREE

John Hussey

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM ET): Joe Davis, David Diehl, Krista Pink (field reporter). SIRIUS: 119 (NO), 136 (Hou). XM: 233 (Hou). 

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 257-370-2972 (3C)-20-9-101.3 (3C)

Hoyer: 141-237-1704-13-4-92.9

RUSHING

Ingram: 145-661-4.6-5

Blue: 107-353-3.3-1

RECEIVING

Cooks: 50-701-14.0-6

Hopkins: 76 (3L)-1045 (3L)-13.8-9 (2L)

OFFENSE

414.5 (2L)

357.5

TAKE/GIVE

-4

0

DEFENSE

424.3

333.0

SACKS

Jordan: 6

Watt: 11.5 (1L)

INTs

4 tied: 1

Hal: 3

PUNTING

Morstead: 45.9

Lechler: 47.6

KICKING

Hocker: 38 (11/12 PAT; 9/13 FG)

Novak: 38 (17/18 PAT; 7/8 FG)

SAINTS:

QB DREW BREES passed for 370 yards and 3 TDs in his last meeting with the Texans. Brees has posted 1,574 yards, 13 TDs, 3 INTs and a 112.1 rating in his past five games against AFC opponents. Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees leads the NFL with 46,657 yards and 336 TDs.

RB MARK INGRAM has rushed for 319 yards (106.3 per game) and a TD in his past three games versus AFC opponents. He had a career-long 70-yard run in Week 10. Ingram has a total of 998 yards from scrimmage and needs only two more to reach 1,000 for the second consecutive season.

WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5 TDs in his past three games and aims for his fourth game in a row with a TD.

WR WILLIE SNEAD ranks second on the club with 626 receiving yards.

TE BENJAMIN WATSON is second on the team with 46 catches.

WR MARQUES COLSTON had 9 catches for 118 yards in his last game against the Texans.

DE CAMERON JORDAN has 3 sacks in his past three games against AFC teams.  He has 5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in his past five games.

S JAIRUS BYRD had 2 INTs versus Houston on 11/1/09 (when he was with the Bills). Byrd also had a sack in Week 10.

Rookie LB STEPHONE ANTHONY leads the Saints with 72 tackles.

LB HAU’OLI KIKAHA is tied for the NFL rookie lead with 4 sacks.

Rookie DE OBUM GWACHAM had 1.5 sacks in Week 10.

TEXANS:

QB BRIAN HOYER has 2+ TD passes in five of his past six games.  He won his only career start against the Saints (9/14/14 with Cleveland), passing for 204 yards, 1 TD, and 0 INTs.

In his past three home starts, RB ALFRED BLUE is averaging 101 yards from scrimmage per game and has 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving).

In his past eight games, WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 62 catches for 894 yards and 7 TDs, including 118 yards and 2 TDs last week against the Jets.  Hopkins aims for his fourth game in a row with a TD reception.

WR NATE WASHINGTON has 3 TD catches in his past four games.

Over his last 15 games, J.J. WATT has 22.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a safety, 7 PDs , and a TD catch. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Watt leads the league with 68.5 sacks. He has 19 career games with 2+ sacks, tied with Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT for second-most through his first five NFL seasons.

LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 6.5 sacks in his past five games.

LB JOHN SIMON has 0.5+ sack(s) in four of his last five games.

S EDDIE PLEASANT had his first career interception last week in the win over the Jets.

In his past five games, S ANDRE HAL has 3 INTs, including one last week versus the Jets.

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