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Postgame Notes: Texans vs. Jaguars, Week 15

TEXANS TEAM NOTES

THE TEXANS:

  • Extended their win streak vs. Jacksonville to eight consecutive games, Houston's longest winning streak against a single opponent in franchise history
  • Swept the Jaguars for the fourth consecutive season and 11th time overall in franchise history
  • Converted 10-of-18 (56 pct.) third down attempts, the offense's third-best mark of the season
  • Held Jacksonville to 3-of-17 (21 percent) on third down, the defense's second-best mark of the season
  • Recorded the eighth kickoff return touchdown in franchise history and first since Week 4 of the 2009 season vs. Oakland
  • Logged the most kick return yards in a game (121) since Week 1 of the 2018 season at New England

SCORING PLAYS:

  • 1st Quarter – WR Brandin Cooks caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from QB Davis Mills to cap off a 15-play, 75-yard drive (8:21), giving the Texans a 7-0 lead following the converted extra point attempt by K Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • 1st Quarter – DB Tremon Smith returned a kickoff from K Matthew Wright for 98 yards, extending Houston's lead to 14-3 after K Ka'imi Fairbairn connected on the extra point attempt
  • 2nd Quarter – K Ka'imi Fairbairn connected on a 52-yard field goal attempt, concluding a seven-play, 15-yard drive (4:43), extending the Texans lead to 17-10
  • 2nd Quarter – K Ka'imi Fairbairn converted a 51-yard field goal attempt, finishing a five-play, 29-yard drive (0:21), extending the Texans lead to 20-10
  • 3rd Quarter – K Ka'imi Fairbairn connected on a 25-yard field goal attempt, concluding a seven-play, 40-yard drive (2:13), extending the Texans lead to 23-10
  • 4th Quarter – WR Brandin Cooks caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from QB Davis Mills to cap off a six-play, 55-yard drive (2:47), extending Houston's lead to 30-16 following the converted extra point attempt by K Ka'imi Fairbairn

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES:

  • The following four Texans players were inactive for the game: DB Justin Reid, DB Jimmy Moreland, FB Paul Quessenberry, QB Deshaun Watson
  • The following Texans were captains: OL Justin Britt, DL Maliek Collins and K Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • The following Texans did not play in today's game: TE Brevin Jordan, OL Jordan Steckler, QBTyrod Taylor, OL Cole Toner
  • Jacksonville won the toss and chose to defer to the second half. Houston elected to receive the opening kickoff

TEXANS PLAYER NOTES

RB REX BURKHEAD

  • Led the team with 41 rushing yards on 16 carries (2.6 avg.) and caught one pass for six yards

WR BRANDIN COOKS

  • Led the team with seven receptions for 102 yards (14.6 avg.), his fourth game of the season with 100-plus receiving yards
  • Tied a career-high with two receiving touchdowns, his eighth career multi-score game
  • Caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from QB Davis Mills in the first quarter to give the Texans a 7-0 lead
  • Caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from QB Davis Mills in the fourth quarter to extend the Texans lead to 30-16
  • With 945 receiving yards this season, Cooks needs just 55 yards over the next three weeks to notch his second consecutive 1,000-yard season with the Texans and sixth overall for his career

WR PHILLIP DORSETT

  • Finished second on the team with 43 receiving yards on two receptions (21.5 avg.)

K KA'IMI FAIRBAIRN

  • Scored a season-high 12 points on three made field goals and three made extra point attempts
  • Connected on a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter to extend the Texans lead to 17-10
  • Made a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter extending the lead to 20-10
  • Hit a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend the Texans lead to 23-10

LB NEVILLE HEWITT

  • Finished third on the team with nine tackles (four solo), tying his single-game high on the season, and tallied one special teams tackle

RB David Johnson

  • Rushed six times for 24 yards (4.0 avg.)
  • Moved his career total to 4,019 rushing yards, becoming the first Northern Iowa product to eclipse 4,000 yards rushing in the NFL

P CAMERON JOHNSTON

  • Punted four times for 193 yards (48.3 avg.) with a long of 55 yards, pinning three punts inside the 20

QB DAVIS MILLS

  • Completed 19-of-30 passes (63.3 percent) for 209 yards, two touchdowns, and interception and a 92.2 passer rating
  • Threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandin Cooks in the first quarter to give the Texans a 7-0 lead
  • Completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandin Cooks in the fourth quarter, extending the Texans lead to 30-16

DB ERIC MURRAY

  • Finished tied for fourth on the team with eight tackles (four solo), also notching one pass defensed

DB JONATHAN OWENS

  • Made his first career start and tallied a career-high eight tackles (four solo), tied for fourth-most on the team

DL DEREK RIVERS

  • Recorded three tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, one quarterback hit and a career-high two tackles for loss
  • Sacked QB Trevor Lawrence for a loss of 11 yards in the third quarter, his first sack as a Texan

DL CHRIS SMITH

  • Finished with four tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, two quarterback hits and one tackle for loss
  • Sacked QB Trevor Lawrence for a loss of nine yards in the second quarter, his first sack as a Texan

DB TREMON SMITH

  • Recorded one solo tackle and had two kick returns for 121 yards (60.5 avg.) and one touchdown, the first score of his NFL career
  • Returned a 98-yard kickoff for a touchdown in the first quarter to increase the Texans lead to 14-3, marking the first Texans kickoff return touchdown since a 94-yard return by Jacoby Jones in Week 4 of the 2009 season vs. Oakland

DB TAVIERRE THOMAS

  • Tied for first on the team with a season-high 11 tackles (seven solo)

WR JORDAN VEASY

  • Earned his first NFL snaps at wide receiver

LB GARRET WALLOW

  • Tied for the team lead with a career-high 11 tackles (six solo), also notching 1.0 sack, one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss
  • Sacked QB Trevor Lawrence for a one-yard loss in the fourth quarter, his first career sack

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