Friday, November 5, 2010
Context on Houston's struggling defense
By Paul Kuharsky
As the Texans' defense concludes preparations to try to slow Philip Rivers Sunday at Reliant Stadium, here's some context from ESPN Stats & Information:
- This year's Texans are one of just four teams to allow 24 or more points in each of their first seven games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The previous three teams -- the 1989 Cowboys, 1985 Bengals and 1973 Oilers finished with a combined record of 9-37.
- Houston is on pace to allow 6,466 yards. If Houston keeps up this pace and still makes the playoffs, that yardage would be the most allowed in a season by a team to make the postseason -- by 330 yards.
It will hardly be easy.
Rivers has 2,649 passing yards this season, the most by a player through eight games in league history. Dan Fouts had 2,580 in 1982.
Rivers is also 12-5 in November.