NFL PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS (2-13) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (6-9)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
HOUSTON TEXANS (2-13) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (6-9)
TEXANS: QB CASE KEENUM has 80+ passer rating in 2 of past 4 on road. In past 4 at Ten., QB MATT SCHAUB has completed 99 of 151 passes (65.6 pct.) for 1,185 yards with 10 TDs vs. 1 INT & 108.7 rating…RB DEJI KARIM averaged 5.3 yards per carry in last game vs. AFC opponent (12/15/13 at Ind.)…Last week, WR ANDRE JOHNSON (103) reached 100 receptions for 5th time in career, tied for most in NFL history. Johnson (10) is tied with HOFer JERRY RICE for most games with 10 catches for 150+ rec. yards in NFL history. For career, Johnson averages 6 receptions per game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games). WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS is averaging 23.7 yards per catch in Dec. Is 2nd among NFL rookies in rec. yards (767). In last game vs. Ten., Hopkins had 7 catches for 117 yards (16.7 avg.), incl. game-winning 3-yard TD rec.… Rookie TE RYAN GRIFFIN had career-best 66 rec. yards last week…Since 2012, DE J.J. WATT leads NFL w/ 30 sacks. Has 2 sacks in each of past 3 vs. Ten… LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has career-best 7 sacks in 2013…
TITANS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK had career-best in passing yards (402) & tied career-high in TD passes (4) in last game at home. In 1st NFL appearance, Fitzpatrick passed for 310 yards with 3 TDs & 117.4 rating vs. Hou. on 11/27/05…RB CHRIS JOHNSON (950) needs 50 rush yards to reach 1,000 for 6th consecutive season. Johnson (49) needs rush TD to join HOFer EARL CAMPBELL (73) & EDDIE GEORGE (64) as only RBs in club history to reach 50 career. For career, averages 89.9 rush yards per game vs. Hou. RB SHONN GREENE had season-best 91 rush yards last week…WR KENDALL WRIGHT (89) needs 1 rec. to become 5th different player to reach 90 rec. in club history. Has 29 3rd-down rec., tied for 3rd-most in NFL. Has 2 TD catches in 3 career games vs. Hou…TE DELANIE WALKER has career-highs in catches (57), rec. yards (542) & TD rec. (6)…DT JURRELL CASEY has career-best 10.5 sacks this season, tied for most among NFL DTs…CB ALTERRAUN VERNER had 23-yard INT-return TD in last game vs. Hou.