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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Peyton Manning vs. the Houston Texans

By Tania Ganguli

This weekend two very familiar foes will face each other -- Peyton Manning and the Houston Texans defense.

Manning isn't used to losing to the Texans. He's only done so thrice of 19 games. One of his losses came last season when the Texans traveled to Denver and beat the Broncos on a four-touchdown performance by Matt Schaub. All 16 wins came when Manning played for the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning's completion percentage against the Texans is his fifth best against any team in the league. He completes 68.9 percent of his passes against the Texans.

In those 19 games, Manning has thrown 44 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. His passer rating against the Texans is 108.5.  Manning has thrown passes for 5,452 yards against the Texans. He averages 286.9 passing yards per game, which is about middle of the pack for Manning's opponents, he averages more yards per game against 12 other teams.

The Texans like to blitz and against Houston's blitzes, Manning has completed 59.4 percent of his passes, thrown eight touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating is 99.5 and his total QBR is 63.4.

His completion percentage fares better when the Texans rush four or fewer players. In those situations, Manning has completed 70.8 percent of his passes, thrown 17 touchdowns and two interceptions. His total QBR is 90.6 and his passer rating is 108.2.