Houston Texans: turnovers

The Texans' schedule is favorable this season. They have the benefit of playing a last-place schedule, rather than the brutal first-place schedule they played in 2013. Their NFC matchup is also kinder -- the NFC East instead of the daunting NFC West. But the month before their bye week could prove to be a serious barometer. These things always change during the season, but, as it appears right now, that is the toughest part of the Texans' schedule -- and it will include two division games. They'll face the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and fast-paced Philadelphia Eagles. However that stretch goes, the Texans' will go into their bye week with plenty of time to think about it.

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Texans reaching dubious numbers

October, 14, 2013
Last week Texans quarterback Matt Schaub became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw pick-sixes in four straight games.

This week, according to Elias Sports Bureau, the Texans became the first team in NFL history to give up interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in five consecutive games, when Schaub's backup T.J. Yates threw one after replacing an injured Schaub.

The Texans have now allowed another team to score a defensive or special-teams touchdown in five consecutive weeks. That's the longest such streak in the league since the 2009 season when the Pittsburgh Steelers did so for eight straight weeks. Against the Rams, the Texans offense gave up that pick-six and their special teams gave up a touchdown off a fumble.

And then there's the matter of the margins of victory. Not only do the Texans have one of the worst point differentials in the NFL at -71, they also have a dubious statistic in common with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Texans' 25-point loss to the Rams on Sunday was their third loss by 21 or more points this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information that’s one more than their total from 2009-12 combined. The only other team with three 21-point losses this season is the Jaguars, who are 0-6.