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NFL Week 4 Game Capsule: Texans v. Falcons

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Take a look inside the numbers as the past two teams featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" prepare to match up in the fourth game of the 2015 NFL season.

Guessing he might be featured in Atlanta's offensive game plan Sunday.
Guessing he might be featured in Atlanta's offensive game plan Sunday.
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Courtesy of NFL Communications, I give you these numbers, notes, and food for thought as your Houston Texans hope to put together their first winning streak of the season against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.

TEXANS

FALCONS

SERIES LEADER

2-1

STREAKS

2 of past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Bill O’Brien: 0-0

Dan Quinn: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 19-9 vs. Buccaneers

W 39-28 at Cowboys

LAST GAME

12/4/11: Falcons 10 at Texans 17. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 111 yards & TD. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 4 catches for 97 yards.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/30/07: Falcons 26, Texans 16. Atlanta QB Joey Harrington throws for 223 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Michael Jenkins has 6 catches for 64 yards & 2 TDs.  

REFEREE

Carl Cheffers

BROADCAST

CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou.), 84 (Atl.). XM: 227 (Atl.). 

STATS

PASSING

Mallett: 59-110-570-3-2-69.9

Ryan: 77-116-946 (1C)-5 (T3C)-2-98.6

RUSHING

Blue: 45-187-4.2-1

Freeman: 52-184-3.5-4 (T1L)

RECEIVING

Hopkins: 22-252-11.5-3 (T3C)

Jones: 34 (1L)-440 (1L)-12.9-4 (T2L)

OFFENSE

369.7

411.7 (1C)

TAKE/GIVE

-2

+2

DEFENSE

332.7

378.0

SACKS

Watt: 3 (T3C)

Beasley (R): 2

INTs

Moore: 1

Moore: 2 (T1L)

PUNTING

Lechler: 46.8

Bosher: 54.5 (1L)

KICKING

Bullock: 18 (3/5 PAT; 5/6 FG)

Bryant: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/6 FG)

TEXANS:

Last week, QB RYAN MALLETT improved to 2-2 as starter and passed for 228 yards with 1 TD. Mallett eeds 13 yards to reach 1,000 for his career. He's also aiming for his fourth game in a row with a TD pass.

In 6 career starts, RB ALFRED BLUE has 508 yards from scrimmage (467 rushing, 41 receiving), including 139 yards and a TD last week vs. Tampa Bay.

In his past 8 games, WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 47 receptions for 659 yards (14.0 avg.) with 5 TDs, including 8 catches for 101 yards and a TD last week. In his past 5 games vs. NFC teams, Hopkins has 31 catches for 448 yards and 2 TDs.

In 2 career meetings against the Falcons, WR NATE WASHINGTON has 12 catches for 191 yards & and 3 TDs. Washington aims for his third game in a row with a TD vs. the Falcons.

WR CECIL SHORTS III aims for his 5th game in a row with 4 or more receptions.

In his past 8 games, J.J. WATT has 14 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a safety, 4 PDs, and a TD catch. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Watt leads the league with 60 sacks.

LB BRIAN CUSHING leads the Texans with 22 tackles, including 5 last week.

Since 2006, CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 5 INTs returned for TDs, tied for the most in the AFC.

S QUINTIN DEMPS had an INT last week vs. the Bucs.

CB KAREEM JACKSON had an INT in the Texans' last meeting with the Falcons.

FALCONS:

They are the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing in the fourth quarter of each game.

QB MATT RYAN is 40-15 (.727) in his career at home with a 97.1 rating. Ryan leads the NFC with 946 passing yards.

RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for a career-high 141 yards and 3 TDs last week. He's tied for the NFL lead with 4 rushing TDs.

WR JULIO JONES leads the NFL with 34 catches and 440 receiving yards. His 34 catches are the most in NFL history in the first 3 games of a season.  Jones is the only player ever to start a season with 135+ receiving yards in his first 3 games. Over his last seven games, he has 66 catches for 1,053 yards (150.4 per game) and 6 TDs.

WR RODDY WHITE had a TD in the Falcons' last meeting with Houston.  Since entering the NFL in 2005, White is one of eight players with 10,000+ rec. yards (10,441).

WR/PR/KR DEVIN HESTER has 37 career TDs (16 receiving, 14 punt returns, 5 kick returns, 1 rushing, and 1 missed FG).

LB JUSTIN DURANT had a sack and an INT against the Texans on 12/6/09 (when he was with Jacksonville).  That is his only career game with both a sack and an INT. Durant currently leads the team with 27 tackles.

LB VIC BEASLEY, JR. ties for the NFL rookie lead with 2 sacks. He's aiming for his third game in a row with a sack.

CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 34 PD since entering the NFL in 2013, the most by any Falcon.

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