A season's finality presents a sort of weirdness for everyone involved. Players, coaches, staff and fans go through this marathon of sorts from July to January and when the finish line is in sight, good season or bad, there's this feeling of "AHHH, DONE!" relief. Then, a week later, there's no game, and no one knows what to do, right? I chuckle as I write that because I go through that every year and I've done that marathon in all four forms noted above. As such, I've convinced myself that I'm going to enjoy this last game of the 2021 season, not look ahead, not look behind, but just enjoy another Sunday in the NFL. As such, let's dive into my By the Numbers/Daily Brew for the finale against the Tennessee Titans.
2 - The Texans have two wins over the Tennessee Titans in the last three seasons AT Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
2 - The Titans have won the last two meetings with the Texans AT NRG Stadium in Houston. In so doing, the Titans earned a playoff spot with said win in 2019 and won the AFC South with that win in 2020.
2 - Only two receivers prior to WR Brandin Cooks doing it this season recorded consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in Texans history - Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. Cooks went over 1,000 yards on Sunday against the 49ers, one year after posting a 1,150-yard season in 2020.
6 - There are six Texans (none current) in team history with more receiving yards as Texans than Cooks. Currently, he has 2,161 yards, 107 yards behind Arian Foster for fifth-best in team history.
1 - Since Week 5, the Texans have scored one touchdown in the third quarter, and that was at Nashville in the win over the Titans. Here's hoping that number doubles, at a minimum, in Week 18.
115.4 - Davis Mills leads the NFL with an exceptional rating in the red zone.
292.5 - Mills has averaged nearly 300 yards per game in his last two starts at NRG Stadium. He also has thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions in those two games as well.
9 - The Titans have nine former Texans on the 53 man roster, including both running backs that carried the ball last week in the 34-3 win over Miami. D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard combined for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
5 - Homefield Advantage Captain and 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Finalist Andre Johnson had five 100+ catch seasons in his career. As a comparison, the man many accurately portray as the greatest receiver of all-time Jerry Rice, had just four in his nearly 20-year career.
13,597 - Dre finished his career with nearly 14,000 yards in 12 seasons in Houston.
7 - He had seven 1,100+ yard seasons in Houston, including a six-year stretch where he went over 1,400 yards four times.
Alright, that'll do it for this week. Enjoy Sunday, everyone. See ya then!!
Watch the Houston Texans take on the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on January 9. Kickoff is at noon. Click here for tickets.
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