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NFL : ATS Matchup
Monday 9/9/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (13 - 5) at SAN DIEGO (7 - 9)
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Week 1 Monday, 9/9/2013 10:20 PM
Board OpenLatest
482SAN DIEGO4644.5
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games13-5+2.610-78-925.714.0377.0(5.6)1.121.410.2323.9(5.4)1.7
Road Games6-3+1.44-44-423.313.2374.8(5.5)
Last 3 Games1-2-2.61-21-221.09.3399.0(5.8)1.327.312.7306.7(5.4)0.3
Grass Games11-2+5.210-35-826.815.5369.8(5.5)
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.714.021.733:5532-131(4.1)23-3664.9%246(6.9)67-377(5.6)(14.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.611.420.631:4928-122(4.3)21-3561.1%234(6.7)63-356(5.6)(15.1)
Offense Road Games23.313.220.833:2132-143(4.5)22-3661.5%232(6.4)68-375(5.5)(16.1)
Defense (All Games)21.410.218.227:3024-98(4.1)19-3653.3%226(6.2)60-324(5.4)(15.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.211.620.330:5427-115(4.2)21-3659.5%233(6.5)63-348(5.5)(15)
Defense Road Games23.010.819.128:0323-93(4)20-3951.4%246(6.4)62-339(5.5)(14.7)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-432.5%1-033.3%4-100(25.4)3-27(9.7)6-54
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-539.3%1-046.6%3-67(23.4)24-2(10.7)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-536.5%1-033.3%3-81(26.1)3-29(10.3)6-51

SAN DIEGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-9-2.16-910-621.912.4297.3(5.1)1.621.99.4326.7(5.4)1.7
Home Games3-5-3.22-64-419.111.4286.7(5.2)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.81-22-119.39.0199.0(4.3)0.723.015.0287.3(4.9)1.3
Grass Games6-8-2.45-88-621.412.3293.4(5)1.721.68.8328.5(5.3)1.8
SAN DIEGO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.912.418.331:3726-91(3.6)21-3364.0%206(6.2)59-297(5.1)(13.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.711.619.831:3128-117(4.2)21-3461.6%232(6.8)62-349(5.6)(14.7)
Offense Home Games19.111.418.130:3924-94(4)21-3265.1%192(6)56-287(5.2)(15)
Defense (All Games)21.99.419.729:1525-97(3.8)22-3661.0%230(6.5)61-327(5.4)(14.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.110.519.630:0327-112(4.1)21-3560.9%237(6.7)62-349(5.6)(15.8)
Defense Home Games21.68.420.631:0528-106(3.8)22-3562.5%227(6.5)63-334(5.3)(15.4)
SAN DIEGO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-642.1%1-040.0%3-64(22.6)2-23(9)6-50
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 13-538.3%1-043.1%3-65(23.8)22-2(9.5)6-52
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-647.7%0-066.7%3-68(21.7)3-32(10.1)7-53
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 19.6,  SAN DIEGO 18.6
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2013@ SAN DIEGO            
9/22/2013@ BALTIMORE            
10/6/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            

SAN DIEGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ PHILADELPHIA            
9/22/2013@ TENNESSEE            
10/6/2013@ OAKLAND            
HOUSTON: The cornerstone of Houston's offense remains its zone-blocking running scheme, though the club did slip from first to ninth in the NFL in terms of run/pass ratio. The offensive line has steadily developed into one of the NFL's best, a mobile group that specializes in (for now, still legal) cut blocking. It's a one-cut system for their backs, where Arian Foster thrives. The Texans seem to have lost some faith in Ben Tate, as Foster played a league-leading 847 snaps last season. The Texans use a conservative West Coast passing game that works off play-action but doesn't do a lot downfield. Andre Johnson is the centerpiece, a guy who gets moved around and is almost always Matt Schaub's first look. Tight end Owen Daniels still serves as the default No. 2 target, often working off Johnson on the same side of the field. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins will be more of a field stretcher on the opposite side. Foster was utilized less in the passing game last year, though Houston could look to rekindle the screen game considering Schaub's inability to get the ball deep. Houston is one of the NFL's most run-heavy red zone teams. Foster led the league in touchdowns of less than 10 yards last year (14) and had 71.9 percent of Houston's touches inside the 10. Just the presence of Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt (NFL-best 20.5 sacks, 39 TFL) is enough to make the Texans a strong defense, and the addition of playmaking FS Ed Reed (9 career TD) and the healthy return of ILB Brian Cushing makes them truly elite. CBs Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are stellar shutdown corners. Versatile Danieal Manning should have little trouble shifting from free safety to strong safety, and the team expects big things from OLB Whitney Mercilus in his second season.
SAN DIEGO: New head coach Mike McCoy oversaw more of a one-cut running scheme in Denver, but he'll probably adapt to the power personnel he has. He rotated a stable of backs with the Broncos, and it looks like a similar situation in San Diego. The perennially disappointing Ryan Mathews will take the bulk of the early down reps, but he'll be spelled early and often. Danny Woodhead will take most passing downs and get some take-what-they-give-you runs when teams send out extra defensive backs. Ronnie Brown's only real value is as a pass protector, and Le'Ron McClain will be primarily a lead blocker again. McCoy and new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt both have a background based more in the vertical passing game, so the Chargers air attack shouldn't change much. Philip Rivers is at his best getting the ball deep up the seam, and Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd should continue to see a lot of work there. McCoy plans on being more creative with Antonio Gates, who will continue to line up in a number of spots as a flex tight end. They will likely use either Eddie Royal or rookie Keenan Allen in the slot, though Rivers doesn't use slot receivers much. McCoy and Whisenhunt historically like to keep the ball on the ground in the red zone, and Mathews should get goal-line carries. The Chargers had seven defensive touchdowns last year, but in effort to generate more pressure (two sacks or less in 11 games in 2012), DE Dwight Freeney (107.5 career sacks) was signed. Bigger sack numbers are also expected from third-year pro DE Corey Liuget (7 sacks). But having the NFL's second-easiest schedule, plus adding shutdown CB Derek Cox and rookie LB Manti Te'o to incumbent standouts FS Eric Weddle and ILB Donald Butler makes defensive coordinator John Pagano's 3-4 scheme one to respect.
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(UPDATES Reed's status)

*Texans-Chargers Preview* =========================


Playoff appearances used to be the goal for the Houston Texans after the franchise's humble beginnings. Now, that's the expectation - and the goal is a Super Bowl.

While expectations for the San Diego Chargers may be considerably lower this year, they're anxious to hit the field with a new coach on the sidelines.

Brian Cushing and the Texans defense will try to spoil the Chargers' debut of a new offensive scheme under first-year coach Mike McCoy on Monday night in San Diego.

Playoff appearances each of the last two years were enough for a Houston franchise that went 55-89 in its first nine seasons. But after going 12-4 last year, the Texans aren't sheepish about setting the bar higher.

"I think it's obviously our main goal and our final goal, but there are a lot of steps that lead up to that," Cushing said of reaching the Super Bowl. "It's mentioned here and there, but ... there's a ton of steps before we start talking about the Super Bowl and it becomes a realization. It's one of those things that we have a lot of work to do before that's real."

Having Cushing back is a good start.

The fifth-year linebacker - who signed a six-year, $55.6 million extension with Houston on Wednesday - returns after tearing his left ACL in Week 5 and missing the remainder of the season. The 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year ranked 15th in the NFL from 2009-2011 with 323 tackles.

"It's a chance to go back out there and really establish our role as a dominant defense," he said. "To help with that is going to be a tremendous feeling."

Even without Cushing for most of the year, the Texans still finished seventh in total defense, bolstered by Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt's league-leading 20 1/2 sacks. While the unit was weaker against the pass, Houston added a veteran presence by signing nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed.

Coach Gary Kubiak said it's possible that Reed could play in the opener after he was taken off the physically unable to perform list Saturday following his recovery from offseason hip surgery. The nine-time Pro Bowler will practice in pads for the first time Friday.

D.J. Swearinger, a second-round pick out of South Carolina, could be called upon at free safety if Reed can't play.

The health of star running back Arian Foster has also been a concern all offseason after he missed camp with calf and back injuries. Foster's 956 carries over the last three seasons are 99 more than the next player, but coach Gary Kubiak told the team's official website he'd likely see a lighter workload in the opener after not playing any preseason games. That could mean more carries for Ben Tate, who has totaled 1,221 yards and six TDs the last two seasons behind Foster.

San Diego missed out on the playoffs for the third straight season with a 7-9 record, leading to the dismissal of Norv Turner and the hiring of McCoy, who had served as Denver's offensive coordinator.

The addition brings a feeling of excitement to a team that finished second-to-last in total offense last season.

"This is the longest week it seems like in history," said quarterback Philip Rivers, whose 88.6 passer rating was the second-lowest of his career since becoming a starter. "You wait for game week, then it gets here, and they add an extra day to it."

Unlike the old scheme focused on deep passes, McCoy's scheme puts a greater emphasis on short and intermediate routes. Plays that develop more quickly should help Rivers after he was sacked an AFC-high 49 times.

"I think we need to play better around him," McCoy said. "I've been saying that since Day 1. He is a great quarterback; Philip is going to be fine. We got to get the entire team, everybody, has to do their job better and Philip will do his job better."

The signing of former Patriot Danny Woodhead - who totaled 747 yards from scrimmage and seven TDs - should help Rivers compensate for the loss of receiver Danario Alexander after a torn ACL in practice last month. The Chargers are hopeful that receivers Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal will be ready to go after recovering from a knee sprain and bruised lung, respectively.

San Diego is 4-0 in the all-time series, including a 29-23 road win on Nov. 7, 2010, as Rivers threw for 295 yards and four TDs.

The Chargers are one regular-season win shy of 400.

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Last Updated: 4/26/2018 1:03:37 AM EST

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