For the 21st time in his career, WR Brandin Cooks finished a game with 100 or more receiving yards. It came during Sunday's loss to Seattle, as the Seahawks beat the Texans, 33-13.
Cooks did almost all of his damage by catching short passes from QB Davis Mills and getting extra yardage after the catch.
"It was one of those things, like Coach talked about with the quarterbacks, giving guys a chance and seeing what they can do," Cooks said. "We've got a bunch of playmakers all throughout this offense, but when you do get that opportunity and that chance, you better make the quarterback right. And I think that was displayed in some ways today."
He was a key contributor to the Texans getting off to a 7-0 lead on the game's opening drive but disappointed that the success didn't last. Houston trailed 16-13 at the half but wasn't able to score after the intermission.
"We had multiple opportunities, and we didn't capitalize," Cooks said. "So, it was unfortunate, but gotta get back to work and keep trying to find ways to fix that."
For the season, the eight-year veteran now has 843 receiving yards on 73 catches. He's caught three touchdown passes as well. With four games remaining, he's closing in on the sixth 1,000-yard receiving season in the last seven years. Cooks is invaluable to any quarterback, especially the rookie Mills.
"He knows Brandin is dependable," Texans Head Coach David Culley said. "He knows Brandin will do everything he has to do to be in position to make plays. There's a trust factor there."
Cooks and the Texans face the Jaguars in Jacksonville this Sunday at noon CT. He's been outstanding in five career games against the Jags. Cooks has averaged 22 yards per catch and 119.8 receiving yards per game in five career contests, one of which was a playoff victory.
See Cooks and the Texans take on the Los Angeles Chargers at NRG Stadium on December 26. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.