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NFL Game Capsule (Week Eight): Texans-Lions

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It's been awhile since the Texans faced the Lions, but here's a reminder of how the two teams stack up against each other.

The last time these two met was in 2012, featuring Jim Schwartz and his infamous challenge flag.
The last time these two met was in 2012, featuring Jim Schwartz and his infamous challenge flag.
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NFL Communications has once again put together a nice little history lesson for us, this time about the matchup between the Texans and Lions. Whilst history may be limited, it makes for pleasant viewing.

DETROIT LIONS (4-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (4-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

LIONS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

2-1

STREAKS

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Jim Caldwell: 4-2

Bill O’Brien: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 20-17 vs. Washington

L 27-9 at Denver

LAST GAME

11/22/12: Texans 34 at Lions 31 (OT). Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 102 yards & 2 TDs. Texans K Shayne Graham converts GW 32-yard FG in OT.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/19/08: Texans 28, Lions 21. Houston QB Matt Schaub passes for 267 yards & 2 TDs for 124.1 rating. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 11 receptions for 141 yards.

REFEREE

Brad Allen

STATS

PASSING

Matthew Stafford: 164-241-1914-15 (3L)-4-105.7 (3L)

Brock Osweiler: 156-268-1533-8-8-71.9

RUSHING

Theo Riddick: 50-171-3.4-1

Lamar Miller: 136-581-4.3-1

RECEIVING

Marvin Jones: 33-623-18.9-4

DeAndre Hopkins: 36-390-10.8-3

OFFENSE

348.6

319.6

TAKE/GIVE

+1

-6

DEFENSE

385.0

320.1

SACKS

Kerry Hyder: 5

Whitney Mercilus: 4.5

INTs

3 tied: 1

3 tied: 1

PUNTING

Sam Martin: 50.3

Shane Lechler: 48.1

KICKING

Matt Prater: 50 (17/18 PAT; 11/13 FG)

Nick Novak: 57 (9/10 PAT; 16/19 FG)

NOTES

LIONS:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 27,890 passing yards in 100 career games.  That's the most in a player’s first 100 games to begin a career. Stafford now takes aim for his fourth game in a row with a 100+ rating.  He passed for 441 yards and 2 TDs in his last meeting with the Texans.

RB ZACH ZENNER rushed for his first career TD last week.

WR ANQUAN BOLDIN caught a game-winning 18-yard TD with 16 seconds remaining in Week 7. He now aims for his third game in a row with a TD catch.

WR MARVIN JONES has a receiving TD in two of his past three games.

WR GOLDEN TATE had 6 receptions for 93 yards last week.

DE ARMONTY BRYANT has a sack in two of his past three games.

DE BRANDON COPELAND had his first career FF in Week 7.

DE KERRY HYDER has three sacks in his past two games against AFC opponents.

LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD led the team with 12 tackles last week. He has 9+ tackles in six of his past seven games. Whitehead ranks fourth in the NFL with 67 tackles.

CB NEVIN LAWSON has a PD in three of his past four games versus AFC teams.

S RAFAEL BUSH had a sack last week.

Former Texan S GLOVER QUIN has 3 INTs in his past six games versus AFC opponents.

TEXANS:

Aim for 6th win in row at home.

QB BROCK OSWEILER is 4-0 as starter at home with the Texans.

In his past four games at home, RB LAMAR MILLER has 500 scrimmage yards (420 rushing, 80 receiving) and two TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Miller hopes for his third game in a for row with 100+ yards from scrimmage at home. Miller currently ranks 5th in the NFL with 581 rushing yards

WR DEANDRE HOPKINS aims for his third game in a row with a TD versus NFC North opponents.

In three career home games, WR WILL FULLER has 292 receiving yards (97.3 per game) and three TDs (2 receiving, 1 PR). Overall, Fuller has 349 receiving yards, second most by a NFL rookie.

TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ has 133 receiving yards and two TDs in his past two games at home.

LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY leads the Texans and ranks second in the NFL with 69 tackles.

DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY leads all NFL DEs with 8 TFL.  He has 5 TFL in his past four games.

LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 2.5 sacks and 3 TFL in his past three games.  He has 11 sacks in his past nine games (including playoffs).

CB A.J. BOUYE led the Texans with 11 tackles and two PD last week. Bouye has a team-high 8 PD.

Can the Texans maintain their series advantage over the Lions? Can C.J. Fiedorowicz continue his impressive form at home? Post your thoughts below.

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