|Last 3 Games||3-0||+2||1-1||2-1||33.7||17.3||491.0||(6.2)||1.3||26.0||13.7||445.7||(6.4)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||29.2||16.7||22.4||35:20||34-141||(4.1)||22-35||64.1%||247||(7.1)||69-388||(5.6)||(13.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.3||11.6||20.9||32:33||29-124||(4.3)||22-35||60.9%||234||(6.6)||65-357||(5.5)||(14.7)|
|Offense Road Games||25.3||16.7||20.7||35:08||36-166||(4.6)||20-34||59.9%||213||(6.3)||69-379||(5.5)||(15)|
|Defense (All Games)||18.4||8.5||17.1||26:48||21-88||(4.1)||20-38||53.0%||235||(6.1)||60-323||(5.4)||(17.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.8||10.1||19.1||29:26||26-108||(4.2)||21-35||60.3%||225||(6.4)||61-333||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Defense Road Games||16.0||7.5||17.0||26:59||20-84||(4.2)||20-41||48.8%||234||(5.7)||61-318||(5.2)||(19.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.2||1.0||1.2||14-6||39.5%||0-0||80.0%||3-58||(21.2)||3-30||(11.3)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.8||14-5||38.6%||1-0||58.5%||3-61||(24.1)||20-2||(9.2)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.8||0.2||1.0||1.5||15-6||37.0%||0-0||100.0%||2-49||(19.5)||3-29||(9.8)||8-63|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||1.0||2.2|| ||13-4||28.4%||1-0||33.3%||4-104||(24.6)||3-29||(10.2)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||38.0%||1-0||42.7%||3-71||(24.4)||22-2||(10.3)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.2||1.3||2.5|| ||14-4||29.1%||1-0||33.3%||3-84||(25.1)||3-31||(9.9)||6-54|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||2-0||2-1||43.7||25.3||414.0||(6.2)||0.7||19.7||10.0||376.7||(5.8)||3.3|
|Offense (All Games)||35.8||19.3||27.8||30:56||33-141||(4.2)||25-39||64.4%||285||(7.4)||72-426||(5.9)||(11.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.1||11.7||20.3||31:60||28-122||(4.3)||21-34||59.5%||223||(6.5)||63-345||(5.5)||(14.9)|
|Offense Home Games||34.8||17.4||27.6||30:30||33-141||(4.2)||25-38||64.6%||260||(6.8)||72-401||(5.6)||(11.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.7||9.8||22.0||29:42||26-101||(3.9)||24-37||63.8%||281||(7.5)||63-382||(6)||(17.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.1||10.2||19.1||30:54||28-116||(4.2)||20-34||59.4%||216||(6.4)||61-333||(5.4)||(15.7)|
|Defense Home Games||24.4||11.4||25.4||31:01||28-112||(4.1)||26-40||63.4%||283||(7)||68-396||(5.8)||(16.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.3||0.4||0.7||2.0||14-7||52.6%||0-0||33.3%||3-56||(21)||2-31||(13.7)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||14-5||38.4%||1-0||56.4%||3-59||(23.5)||25-2||(10.7)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.2||0.4||0.6||2.2||15-8||54.8%||0-0||0.0%||4-91||(23.8)||2-36||(19.8)||6-60|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||1.6||2.7|| ||12-5||43.0%||1-1||43.7%||4-75||(20.4)||1-7||(6.8)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||37.2%||1-0||52.9%||3-67||(25.7)||24-2||(10.8)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||1.8||2.8|| ||13-7||50.7%||1-0||66.7%||4-73||(19.2)||1-6||(6.4)||6-55|
|Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 17.9, NEW ENGLAND 18.3|
|12/10/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
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|12/23/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/22/2012||@ NY JETS||49-19||W||-7||W||48.5||O||39-152||18-28-323||1||29-119||26-36-286||5|
|12/10/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|HOUSTON: The Texans run the league's premier zone-blocking scheme, and they utilize it early and often. Last year, only the Tim Tebow Broncos were more run-heavy than Houston, who kept it on the ground even when quarterback Matt Schaub was healthy. When he's under center, Arian Foster still takes about 70 percent of the reps despite the emergence of Ben Tate. The Texans keep it run-heavy in the red zone, but they're much more likely to spell Foster with Tate in red zone situations. The Texans use a West Coast passing game that doesn't take a lot of chances downfield. Andre Johnson is the focal point, and they'll play him at numerous spots and are especially effective putting him in motion and creating mismatches. Owen Daniels should be healthier in his second year back from a torn ACL and is essentially the No. 2 receiver in this offense. Foster is used frequently in the screen game. Jacoby Jones had been used as a deep threat, but that role could go to rookie DeVier Posey following Jones' departure. When the Texans throw in the red zone, there is no clear-cut top option. Johnson usually draws a lot of attention, and Daniels led the team in red zone targets and catches. They'll go with two tight ends often near the goal line, and the second tight end (possibly Garrett Graham) will be targeted on the occasional play-action. Wade Phillips made dramatic improvements to this defense last year, but he also had better personnel to work with, especially in the secondary with newcomers Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning. Youngsters J.J. Watt and Connor Barwin are relentless pass rushers who create turnovers, and the team really didn't miss Mario Williams after he went down with a season-ending injury in October. Brian Cushing had a big year after moving inside in Phillips' 3-4 defense. With the amount of blitzing Houston does, he'll continue to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. |
|NEW ENGLAND: Josh McDaniels returns to the role of offensive coordinator'he called plays for New England in 2007, a record-setting year for Tom Brady and the offense. But while he was gone the Patriots got more comfortable running the ball. Last year they ended up being middle of the pack in terms of run/pass split (41/59 vs. NFL average of 43/57). There will be plenty of work for the backs. The Patriots run a wide range of blocking schemes, but McDaniels strongly prefers a power scheme. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are expected to split duties as the primary ball carriers, and Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai will likely get spot duty on third downs. The Patriots use spread principles. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez are utilized frequently out of the slot underneath, while Rob Gronkowski is used as a field stretcher working up the seam. The return of McDaniels and addition of Brandon Lloyd means more deep shots. Lloyd is familiar with the playbook from his days under McDaniels in Denver and was very impressive during off-season workouts. Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney will primarily stay outside for spacing. The backs have been marginalized in the passing game with the emergence of Hernandez, but Woodhead is typically targeted a couple of times every week. While Gronkowski is frequently Brady's first option from about 10 yards out, they tend to use play-action and utilize Hernandez once they're closer to the goal line. The Patriots allow gobs of yardage, especially through the air, but they will also force a lot of turnovers and don't allow as many points as you'd expect of a defense that surrenders so many yards. DT Vince Wilfork is a monster in the middle, and the team is expected to have a better pass rush in 2012 with the expected contributions from rookies Chandler Jones and Donta' Hightower. Jerod Mayo was limited by a knee injury through most of 2011. As a three-down player who excels at stopping the run, there's no reason he can't top 100 solo tackles, even playing the weak side when New England uses a 4-3 look. Brandon Spikes was also slowed by a knee injury during most of 2011, but bounced back for an impressive 26 total tackles in three post-season games. Patrick Chung was en route to a career year statistically before a foot injury derailed him. He's at his best in the box, but is instinctive enough in pass coverage to make up for some of New England's deficiencies on the corners. If Mayo, Spikes and Chung can all remain healthy in 2012, the Patriots defense has a chance to be vastly improved. |
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(CORRECTS 8th graph to Texans' franchise record for wins, sted first 10-win season)
*Texans-Patriots Preview* =========================
By MIKE LIPKA STATS Editor
With a two-game lead on the rest of the AFC, the Houston Texans could go a long way toward proving they're the team to beat this week.
The New England Patriots, though, certainly aren't ready to concede the conference they've represented in the Super Bowl five times in the last 11 years.
These powers each bring a six-game winning streak into Monday night's showdown in Foxborough, where Houston will put its unblemished road record on the line against the AFC East champions.
The Texans (11-1) and Patriots (9-3) have met only three times before - once at New England, where Houston lost 40-7 in 2006 - but a new rivalry could be about to develop, with the chance of a more important matchup in the upcoming playoffs.
"You've got one of the all-time great leaders in football from a coaching standpoint and a quarterback standpoint," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. "You know you're going to have to raise your level of play and play as good as you can possibly play. That's why we do what we do. It is a big challenge, but I know our football team will be looking forward to it."
In the franchise's first postseason appearance last season, Houston came close to earning a date with the Patriots in the AFC title game, but lost to Baltimore in the divisional round. Now, with Matt Schaub healthy and star defensive end J.J. Watt helping his unit overcome a slew of injuries, the Texans have taken another step forward.
They've shown their mettle with six road wins in as many trips, including games at Denver and Chicago.
With four contests still to play, they already have set a single-season franchise record with 11 victories following last Sunday's 24-10 win at Tennessee. Schaub threw a pair of touchdown passes and Watt had two sacks along with his 14th and 15th passes defensed, giving him more than twice as many as any other defensive lineman.
"He's an incredible player," Brady said. "He does pretty much everything for them."
Belichick joked that the Patriots would use brooms in practice to simulate Watt's long arms. The Texans may need their pass rush to disrupt Brady given the injuries in their secondary, with cornerback Brice McCain out and All-Pro Johnathan Joseph day to day after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
Linebacker Brooks Reed (groin) remains out, although Bradie James (hamstring) may return following a one-game absence.
Houston has allowed an average of 352.0 passing yards the last three weeks, a troubling trend before facing New England's high-powered attack.
"It's Monday and it's scary so I'm sure it's going to be real scary getting toward the end of the week," Kubiak said at the beginning of the week. "We know we're going to play a great player and one of the top passing games in the business for a long, long time."
The Patriots' offense was relatively quiet last weekend, but the team still beat Miami 23-16 to clinch its ninth division title in 10 years. Brady threw his first interception in six games and the Patriots gained a season-low 321 yards, but their 26th-ranked defense held the Dolphins to 277.
"When (the) offense struggles, it's a chance for us to showcase how special we are on the defensive end," tackle Vince Wilfork said. "Offense is OK to have a bad game here and there. They've done so much for us and one thing we want to do around here is we always want to play as a team."
With New England already adjusting to tight end Rob Gronkowski's absence, wide receiver Julian Edelman was lost for the season last week due to a foot injury. The Patriots re-signed receiver Donte' Stallworth on Tuesday.
Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez, though, may continue to pick up the slack. That duo combined for 20 catches and 200 yards against Miami, and Welker is back on top of the NFL with 92 receptions.
The last time the Patriots faced Houston, Welker tore his left ACL and MCL in a 34-27 loss in Week 17 of the 2009 season.
That game meant little to a New England team that had already clinched the East. Monday's contest is very significant if the Patriots hope to secure a first-round bye and perhaps home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
A win would pull them within one game of Houston while also giving them the tiebreaker, while a loss would all but lock up the No. 1 seed for the Texans, who would then have victories over all the other division leaders in the conference.
"This game is hugely important to our season," Brady said. "It's an AFC opponent that's 11-1. ... I think for us as a team, there's not really much more you could ask for than that: to play Monday Night Football in December against one of the best teams in the NFL and see what we're capable of."
The Patriots are 10-1 in their last 11 Monday night contests, with the wins coming by an average of more than 20 points.
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