The Texans will play a preseason game at home on Saturday night and welcome the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to NRG Stadium. A few "By the Numbers" notes about this matchup.
2 - Saturday will be one day short of exactly two full calendar years since the Texans last played a preseason game at home. On Saturday night, August 29th, 2019, the Texans lost 22-10 to the Los Angeles Rams in game four of the preseason and there hasn't been a preseason game at NRG Stadium since.
729 - The exact number of days between preseason games at NRG Stadium.
5 - Since August 29, 2016 (the day after the Texans win over the Arizona Cardinals in preseason game number three that season), the Texans have played just five preseason games at home. One in 2017 (one canceled due to Hurricane Harvey), two in 2018, two in 2019, none in 2020 (All canceled due to COVID-19) and none to this date in 2021.
1,824 - That's five preseason home games in a span of nearly 2,000 days.
12 - The number of position players on the 80-man current roster that have actually played in a home preseason game for the Texans (just 15% of the entire roster)
9 - For comparison sake, the number of Buccaneer OFFENSIVE position players that played in preseason games prior to 2021 for the Bucs.
4 - Wide Receiver Keke Coutee is entering his fourth season as a Texan.
0 - The total number of career preseason offensive snaps for Keke Coutee at NRG Stadium. In his rookie campaign in 2018, he was injured at The Greenbrier, which essentially ended his preseason a week before the first preseason game. In 2019, he injured his ankle in preseason game number one at Green Bay and was out for the entirety of that preseason as well. And, we know about 2020 and the start of 2021.
0 - As such, there is no receiver on this roster who has taken a preseason game snap for the Texans at NRG Stadium.
3 - Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman Laremy Tunsil will enter his third year for the Texans.
0 - The number of preseason games Tunsil will have played since he arrived. He came over from Miami after the preseason in 2019. There were no preseason games last year and he was placed on the COVID list in 2021 prior to the Green Bay preseason game. Unfortunately, he has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Bucs.
*Same goes for Defensive Lineman Jacob Martin, who enters his third year as a Texan, like Tunsil, but Martin played in the first two preseason games this year and projects to play against the Bucs on Saturday night as well.
1 - There is only one running back of the seven-man group that's taken a preseason snap at NRG Stadium for the Texans (Buddy Howell). David Johnson did play a preseason game in NRG Stadium in 2016, but it was against the Texans as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
1 - Same goes for the tight ends, as Jordan Akins is the only Texan tight end to play in a home preseason game.
Alright, it'll be wonderful to change those numbers after Saturday night, but what a strange preseason world it's been for the past six seasons. See ya Saturday night!! Can't WAIT!!
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