One of the really cool things about rooting for such a young franchise is getting to make memories of witnessing some of the records set by individual players and the team as a whole.
From Arian Foster’s 1,616 rushing yards in 2010, (a record I thought Lamar Miller would have broken by now if it wasn’t for #A-Gap), to J.J. Watt’s 20.5 sacks in 2012 and again in 2014, there’s just something awesome about seeing the players and team make history right before our eyes.
For those keeping track at home, Lamar Miller is about 1,000 yards shy of breaking Foster’s record this season, so don’t hold your breath. Miller is also 970 yards away from Foster’s all-time yardage mark.
The craziness of last weekend’s game against the Redskins brought some great record book moments as well.
No team in the modern era has ever started 0-3, then gone on a seven-game win streak...that is, until the Texans did it last weekend.
Marcus Coleman had a 102-yard interception return in 2004, the longest in team history. Justin Reid had a 101-yarder last weekend, the longest by a rookie in team history.
Kareem Jackson is currently the team’s all-time leading interceptor. With six games left in the 2018 campaign, he has a legitimate shot at hitting the 20 picks mark before this one is over.
While Matt Schaub’s 2009 passing yardage total of 4,770 in a single season isn’t in any danger this year, if Brian Gaine and Bill O’Brien can get the offensive line working in the offseason, that number is in legit trouble courtesy of Deshaun Watson next season if he has DeAndre Hopkins, Demaryius Thomas, Will Fuller V, Keke Coutee and the Jordan twins to target every time he drops back.
Watson already holds the record for most touchdowns passes in a season by a rookie (done in an injury shortened season– or he’d own basically all the rookie passing records) at 19 and needs to nail 12 more this year to break the single season record of 29 set by Matt Schaub in 2009. Watson also set the record for most touchdowns in a single game by a rookie, at 5 last year on October 8th against the Kansas City Chiefs. That would be a great record to break this coming Monday night when the Titans come to town.
One head-scratcher of a records is the most sacks per game, set on November 27th of 2011 against the Jacksonville Jaguars by Connor Barwin. With names like Mario Williams, J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney in the mix, you’d think that record would have fallen by now. But we’ll break out the popcorn and wait on that one to fall.
The next record that matters the most has two sides to it. Win No. 8 on the 2018 season. If Houston can beat the Titans on Monday night at home, not only will the Texans be the only team in NFL history to ever start 0-3 and then rise to 8-3, they’ll also set a new franchise record for their longest winning streak. What would make it even sweeter would be setting a new ‘most points in a game’ record by besting last year’s 57 points hung on the Titans on October 1st.
Which record-setting moment did you like watching the most? Which record do you want to see fall this year? Give us your favorite Houston Texans record-setting memories in the comments section.