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Friday, December 18, 2009
Final Word: AFC South

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 15:

Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub has a 105.7 passer rating against NFC West teams this season.
This is the Texans' first visit to St. Louis. Matt Schaub has lit up NFC West teams this year as Houston has gone 2-1 so far. He’s averaging 333 passing yards with six touchdowns, two interceptions and a 105.7 passer rating. He’ll surely be looking to pick up where he left off with Andre Johnson last week. Johnson leads the NFL with 1,237 receiving yards and is trying to become the first player since Jerry Rice to lead the league in receiving yards in consecutive seasons. It’s a bit hard to believe no one has done that in so long.

Jeff Fisher has said he expects the game against Miami to rank as one of the most physical for his team all season. In terms of philosophies and line play, these teams are similar. And they both like to run. The Titans are No. 2 in the league with a 165.3 rushing yards per game average behind Chris Johnson. The Dolphins, with Ricky Williams now leading the way, are third at 150.1. With Ronnie Brown out for the year injured, the Wildcat element is greatly reduced.

The Jaguars and Colts are off after their Thursday night thriller. Jacksonville has a lot of rooting interests considering how many teams are fighting for wild-card spots. They’d love to see Baltimore, the Jets, Pittsburgh, Houston, Miami and Denver all lose. The Colts will be curious about what the Jets do since that’s Indy’s next game. I imagine they’ll also take interest in Saturday night’s Dallas-New Orleans game to see if the Saints can match them at 14-0.

Some other Texans numbers of note: They’ve got five 400-yard games this season and are 4-1 in them. They’ve run 70 offensive plays five times. They’ve scored three or more touchdowns nine times. Johnson’s not the only guy keying those efforts. ESPN Stats & Information says the Texans have the lowest on-target drop percentage in the NFL at 4.5 percent, ahead of the Saints at 5.0, the Colts at 5.2 and the Cardinals at 5.5.

It looks like Vince Young will play. But if his hamstring prevents him from playing, keep this nugget in mind: Kerry Collins has beaten all but one team in his NFL career and, you guessed it, the one blank on his résumé is Miami. If Collins plays and beats the Dolphins, he’d be just the second quarterback to beat all 32 teams. Brett Favre did it with his first win over Green Bay Oct. 5.