The Los Angeles Rams will be taking the trip east to Houston for their first regular-season matchup in eight years. My gosh, there have been so many things that have changed since Sam Bradford (Rams) and Matt Schaub (Texans) teed it up at NRG Stadium on October 2013. Shoot, even the name NRG Stadium was different eight years ago. Here is my weekly By the Numbers/Daily Brew.
2 - There were two players who did actually play in that game eight years ago - Texans LS Jon Weeks and Rams punter Johnny Hekker.
7 - It took Rams QB Matt Stafford seven games to get six wins as a starting QB for his new team.
18 - It took his final 18 games in Detroit as a starting QB to get six wins.
6.0 - Texans DL Jon Greenard has 6.0 sacks, which is tied for 7th in total sacks.
1.2 - Greenard averages 1.2 sacks per game, but he played only a handful of plays at Buffalo, so technically, 1.2, but in reality, it's 1.5 sacks per game. Wow. That rate (1.5 sacks/game) would be 1st in the league - that's the type of pace he's on.
31 - The Rams have 31 explosive pass plays 20+ yards, which is 6th in the NFL. Three teams are just ahead of them, with 32 and one played on Thursday night (Cardinals).
8 - The Rams have EIGHT pass plays of 40+ yards in the NFL, which is tied for 1st in the league with the Bengals (SURPRISE!)
1 - On the flip side, the Rams have only one explosive run play.
3 - The Texans have three times as many explosive run plays in 2021. Not a high bar to get over with the Rams producing just one, but I'll take it!
68 - The Texans have scored 68 points in three home games, averaging over 22 points per game, including the nine they scored against the Panthers.
91 - The Rams have scored 91 points on the road this season in three games.
116 - The Rams have scored 116 points in four home games this season. In actuality, they've averaged more points (30+) on the road in three games than at home in four games (29 ppg). It's the Curse of SoFi Stadium! I'M JOKING, I'M JOKING!!
612 - Texans LB Christian Kirksey's eight tackles against the Cardinals give him 612 for his career.
664 - The all-time leading tackler for the Texans is Brian Cushing, who posted 664 in his nine-year career in Houston. Obviously, Kirksey has only been here for half of a season, but he's posted 51 stops as a Texan in 2021.
Alright, that'll do it for this week. Hope to see y'all on Sunday when the Rams arrive for their octo-annual visit. Is that a word? Well, it is now. See ya then, everyone!
Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.
Check out the best photos from the Houston Texans practice on Wednesday.