Well, it's time to crank up a new year. 2022 is on the horizon although the Texans have two more games to finish the 2021 season. So, let's get into my By the Numbers/Daily Brew.
5 - This will be just the fifth meeting between the 49ers and the Texans in the 20 years that both teams have been in the NFL.
3 - This will be the third regular season meeting that's taken place in California.
1 - It'll be the first matchup between these two teams at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. The Texans did win a preseason game in 2016 in Santa Clara after a week of joint practices, but this is the first regular season meeting at the House that Joe and Dwight Built (that's my nickname and I'm sticking with it).
1 - The Texans have won just one of the four meetings between the two teams (2009).
783 - That's how many days it's been since a back went for more yards than Rex Burkhead (149) did last week against the Chargers. On November 3rd, 2019 in London, Carlos Hyde ran for 160 yards in a 26-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the Texans biggest rushing day on American soil in more than three years - MNF in 2018, Lamar Miller went for 162 against the Tennessee Titans.
97 - In that win over the Titans, Miller's long run of the day was a 97-yard TD run. Miller accounted for 59.8% of his total on one run.
36 - In the win over the Chargers, Burkhead's long run of the day was 36-yards. Burkhead's long run accounted for just 24% of his day's total.
1 - Texans WR Nico Collins had the first TD reception of his career in the win over Los Angeles.
2 - DB Jonathan Owens had the first two takeaways of his career - a pick and a fumble recovery.
1 - AFC Defensive Player of the Week Tavierre Thomas had the first pick-six of his career to close out the Texans scoring last Sunday.
6 - The Texans saw six rookies play significant snaps on Sunday - Davis Mills, Brevin Jordan, Nico Collins, Jimmy Morrissey, Michael Dwumfour and Garret Wallow.
3 - The Texans scored 41 points on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Over the past seven seasons, the Texans surpassed that number just three times - 2017 v. TEN (57), 2018 v. MIA (42) and 2019 v. ATL (53). They equaled that number on Thanksgiving 2020 at Detroit in a 41-25 win over Detroit.
6 - The common thread amongst four of the five highest scoring games over the past five years? A pick six in each one. Dylan Cole against Tennessee. Tashaun Gipson over Atlanta. J.J. Watt against Detroit on Thanksgiving 2020 and Thomas on Sunday v. LA. The only high scoring game that didn't feature a Texans pick six was against Miami in 2018 on a Thursday night.
1 - There was just one John Madden.
Madden was a beloved figure in the game of football and he had his hands in so many different facets of the game. Even after he retired from broadcasting, he was still providing his input to the NFL on safety issues and enhanced play and rules. He passed away a couple of days after FOX aired a documentary on his life and times and it was the most amazing gift to give a man who had given so much to the game of football. RIP Coach.
1 - There is just one Andre Johnson
Dre. The GOAT. He's one of the two best players the city of Houston has ever seen. There have been Hall of Famers. There have been great players. There's one #80. He was named one of the 15 Modern Era finalists on Thursday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The moments are numerous. The plaudits are endless. The career and legacy are enduring. Congrats Dre.
Well, that's going to do it. See ya Sunday, everyone!!
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