Sunday, January 8, 2012
Details on Foster, blitzes in Bengals-Texans
By Paul Kuharsky
Some nuggets from ESPN Stats and Information's breakdown of the Texans’ win over the Bengals Saturday:
Foster outside: Both of Arian Foster’s rushing touchdowns came outside the tackles. Entering Saturday’s game, just two of his 10 total touchdowns had come on rushes outside. In the regular season, he averaged 4.7 yards per rush outside the tackles, with 1.8 yards after contact and two runs over 20 yards. Saturday he averaged 10.1 yards, with 3.4 after contact and a 42-yard score.
Less blitzing: Houston blitzed 50 percent of the time in the regular-season game against the Bengals, but cut that to 23.1 percent in the postseason rematch. Quarterback Andy Dalton struggled throwing into coverage when the Texans did not blitz. Houston had three interceptions and sacked Dalton a season-high three times.
Yates adjusts to pressure: Houston quarterback T.J. Yates was 0-for-6 with a sack when facing five or more pass-rushers in the first half Saturday, but found his form in the second half. Yates went 3-for-4 against such pressure, averaging 21.3 yards per completion, including the 40-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson.