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ST LOUIS (2 - 3) at HOUSTON (2 - 3)
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Week 6 Sunday, 10/13/2013 1:00 PM
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ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-11-44-120.68.0311.6(4.8)
Road Games0-2-20-21-115.51.5326.5(4.9)
Last 3 Games1-2-11-22-117.39.0257.0(4)1.028.713.7376.3(6.3)2.0
ST LOUIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2511.820.831:4726-106(4)23-3763.1%255(7)63-361(5.7)(14.4)
Offense Road Games15.51.520.528:0715-52(3.5)30-5258.7%274(5.3)67-326(4.9)(21.1)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.21019.229:1323-90(3.9)23-3662.5%240(6.6)59-330(5.6)(15.6)
Defense Road Games31.020.520.031:5225-114(4.6)25-3374.6%280(8.4)58-394(6.7)(12.7)
ST LOUIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.61.5213-540.0%1-050.0%2-40(22.3)21-3(7.3)6-53
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-643.1%1-033.3%1-23(22.6)2-5(2.2)7-65
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.71.9 13-435.4%1-037.5%2-38(23.9)11-2(6.4)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-650.0%0-00.0%0-8(17)3-10(3.3)6-62

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-10-53-218.68.6390.8(5.4)2.227.814.4260.2(4.8)0.6
Home Games1-100-22-025.013.5464.0(5.8)2.523.56.5259.0(4.5)1.0
Last 3 Games0-3-30-31-210.79.7351.0(5)2.729.013.7263.3(5)0.7
Grass Games2-200-43-121.08.5422.5(5.6)2.527.213.7266.2(4.9)0.7
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)18.68.623.034:4929-134(4.6)28-4363.6%257(5.9)72-391(5.4)(21)
Opponents Defensive Avg.20.59.619.130:4426-106(4)21-3560.4%228(6.6)61-333(5.5)(16.2)
Offense Home Games25.013.527.036:3331-161(5.1)28-4858.8%302(6.2)80-464(5.8)(18.6)
Defense (All Games)27.814.415.228:2530-126(4.2)13-2453.7%134(5.5)54-260(4.8)(9.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.310.619.631:5530-117(3.9)20-3361.7%231(7)63-348(5.6)(14.3)
Defense Home Games23.56.514.531:3131-149(4.7)14-2654.7%110(4.2)58-259(4.5)(11)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.81.7213-533.6%1-047.1%3-63(24.1)16-2(6.9)7-65
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-536.6%1-050.0%1-36(25.6)3-41(15.7)8-58
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-538.4%1-054.5%2-39(23.8)26-2(10.9)7-63
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-323.3%1-050.0%1-27(18.3)4-39(9.7)9-66
Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 18.2,  HOUSTON 23.8
ST LOUIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ ATLANTA24-31L4L48O18-6932-55-352116-3633-43-3570
9/22/2013@ DALLAS7-31L3L48U12-3529-49-197134-19317-24-2031
9/26/2013SAN FRANCISCO11-35L3L43O19-1819-41-170240-21915-23-1512
10/13/2013@ HOUSTON            
10/20/2013@ CAROLINA            
11/10/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2013@ SAN DIEGO31-28W-5L44O28-12034-45-329120-8014-29-1831
9/22/2013@ BALTIMORE9-30L1.5L44U23-9425-35-170131-7516-24-1610
10/6/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO3-34L4L42.5U30-13122-40-182436-1776-15-1070
10/13/2013ST LOUIS            
10/20/2013@ KANSAS CITY            
11/10/2013@ ARIZONA            
ST LOUIS: Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has always been more of a finesse coach, and the loss of Steven Jackson will force him away from the ground game. They may have to install some more zone looks, with outside runner Daryl Richardson the only proven back on the roster. Isaiah Pead, more of a one-cut back, has a shot at a bigger role after a poor showing as a rookie, as does rookie Zac Stacy. There's a chance big back Terrance Ganaway could work his way into the rotation, as the team's only true power runner. The Rams will spread it out and go with a lot of short, catch-and-run stuff. Rookie Tavon Austin steps into Danny Amendola's slot position and should lead the team in targets, getting the ball on a lot of short and behind-the-line-of-scrimmage passes. Sam Bradford prefers to work over the middle, so there will be enough balls for Austin and TE Jared Cook, who should be option 1A. Chris Givens is a field stretcher, and they'll look for more catch-and-run stuff out of developing flanker Brian Quick. Schottenheimer has always gotten pass-happy in the red zone, and that should be the case again with no proven power runner. Expect a lot of stuff for Cook near the goal line. Austin Pettis saw a lot of red zone looks last year, though he could be pushed to the bench by Quick. The Rams posted a whopping 52 sacks last season, which tied for the NFL lead. But this unit had just four fumble recoveries all season and failed to pick off a pass in nine of the final 12 games. Talent does exist for new defensive coordinator Tim Walton though, with DEs Chris Long (11.5 sacks) and Robert Quinn (10.5 sacks) and LB James Laurinaitis (142 tackles) standing out among the front seven, and CBs Cortland Finnegan (83 solo tackles) and Janoris Jenkins (4 INT) both strong cover men in a solid secondary.
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.
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(UPDATES with Daniels out, ADDS Kubiak quote)

*Rams-Texans Preview* =====================


The Houston Texans are mired in their roughest stretch in almost two seasons, greatly because of some poor play from quarterback Matt Schaub.

Though coach Gary Kubiak called it a "tough decision," he plans to stick with Schaub as the Texans try to avoid a fourth straight loss Sunday against the visiting St. Louis Rams.

After scoring 61 points to beat San Diego and Tennessee, Houston (2-3) has been outscored 87-32 during its first three-game slide since the final three weeks of the 2011 season. The two-time defending AFC South champions would match the longest losing streak of Kubiak's eight-year tenure with another loss Sunday.

"I think it's a huge game," said Kubiak, whose team has lost four straight home games versus NFC opponents. "It would be big either way, but, yeah, it's big because of what we've gone through these past three weeks.

"I see a group of guys that are very close, very committed to each other, very hurt ... the only way you fix things is you go back and play and do things better. I can't wait for that opportunity to get here."

Whether Schaub is as eager remains to be seen.

The 10-year veteran has thrown for eight touchdowns and two 300-yard games, but he ranks 26th in the NFL with a 76.9 passer rating mainly because he's totaled nine interceptions after having 12 all of last season. Three plays into last Sunday's 34-3 loss at San Francisco, Tramaine Brock returned Schaub's interception 18 yards for a TD, marking an NFL-record fourth consecutive game a quarterback has had a pick taken back for a score.

He was intercepted three times on the night and replaced late by T.J. Yates, who led Houston to its first playoff win when Schaub was hurt two seasons ago.

"I'm better than I'm playing and our team's better than we're playing right now," said Schaub, who has thrown two TDs and six INTs over the last three weeks.

Though Kubiak said the team "can't survive" if Schaub continues to make those kinds of mistakes, he's not ready to make a switch even though some Texans fans are burning Schaub jerseys and a sign over one Houston area freeway is calling for his ouster.

"You watch the struggle and you just want to be a part of the solution," Kubiak said. "You want to be a part of helping him work his way through that.

"The only way I know how to do it is you play our way through that stuff."

Kubiak admits there's concern about Schaub's confidence.

"That's only natural," he said. "For some of those things to happen to you over a period of time, yeah you worry about that. But the reason he's played a long time is because he's very tough mentally, physically."

Facing a Rams defense that has only three interceptions and could be without lock-down cornerback Cortland Finnegan (thigh) for a second straight week might help Schaub get back on track. He went 28 of 40 for 367 yards with a TD and no picks in the Texans' 16-13 win at St. Louis in 2009 in the teams' last meeting.

Schaub's struggles have not slowed down Arian Foster, who has totaled 289 yards over the past two weeks with 200 coming on 48 rushing attempts. The three-time Pro Bowler was limited to 227 total yards through the first three games.

St. Louis' defense has given up a league-worst 169.3 rushing yards per game over the past three weeks.

The Rams (2-3) hope to avoid a fourth straight road defeat by building on last Sunday's 34-20 win over lowly Jacksonville that snapped a three-game skid. After totaling 18 points the previous two weeks against Dallas and San Francisco, St. Louis led 24-10 at halftime against the winless Jaguars. Matt Giordano snapped the Rams' 11-game, first-quarter touchdown drought when he returned an interception 82 yards.

"We looked at (last Sunday) as if it was the home opener and we just had a poor preseason," coach Jeff Fisher said. "So, we've got 11 games left on the schedule."

Fisher could again lean on rookie Zac Stacy, who gained 78 of the Rams' season-high 143 rushing yards to revive a ground game that totaled 189 through the first four contests.

The Texans are the NFL's best against the pass, allowing 134.2 yards per game, but like the Rams yield an average of 126.0 on the ground - tied for 27th in the NFL.

St. Louis' Sam Bradford has been sacked 13 times and completed only 54.5 percent of his passes over the past three games, but he has five touchdowns and one interception in that span.

The Rams hope Finnegan can return to match up with Houston's Andre Johnson, who has 21 receptions for 355 yards and a TD in two games against the Rams. Johnson's 37 receptions lead the AFC, though he has yet to catch a touchdown pass.

Tight end Owen Daniels, second on the Texans with 24 catches and tied for the team lead with three TDs, has a broken leg and is out indefinitely.

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Last Updated: 4/19/2018 11:40:06 PM EST

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