Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Foster's inside rushing keys Texans win
By ESPN Stats & Information
Getty ImagesThe Houston Texans used a healthy dose of Arian Foster and an aggressive pass rush to improve to 5-0 and further complicate a tumultuous season for Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets.
Texans running back Arian Foster became the third-fastest (40 games) to 5,000 yards from scrimmage in NFL history Monday.
Foster became the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 5,000 yards from scrimmage, netting the milestone in 40 games. Only Edgerrin James (36 games) and Eric Dickerson (39 games) reached the milestone faster.
Foster also rushed for at least 100 yards for the 18th time since 2010, which leads the NFL in that span.
Of Foster’s 152 rushing yards, 147 came inside the tackles, his most in a game this season and the third-most in a game in his career.
Houston’s Matt Schaub threw his 100th career touchdown in a Texans uniform when he connected with Owen Daniels for the first score of the game.
Schaub remained unbeaten in his past nine starts, a stretch dating back to Week 7 of the 2011 season. In those games, Schaub has completed 64 percent of his attempts with 13 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
While the offense clicked, the Houston defense chased after Sanchez.
The Texans sent five or more pass rushers on 21 of the Jets’ 35 dropbacks Monday (60.0 percent), their highest percentage in a game this season.
All three of the Texans’ sacks Monday came when they sent five or more pass rushers, after they had two sacks in those situations in the first four weeks of the season.
While all was well on the Texans sideline, the same was not true on the opposite side.
Sanchez threw a pair of interceptions and fumbled twice (though neither fumble was lost). Since coming into the league in 2009, Sanchez has 15 games where he’s thrown at least two interceptions, tied with Drew Brees and Eli Manning for second-most in the league (Ryan Fitzpatrick leads all in that span with 17 such games).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sanchez is the first quarterback since Stoney Case with the 1999 Ravens with four straight games of at least 25 pass attempts and a completion percentage below 50 percent.
After scoring four offensive touchdowns in their season opener, the Jets offense has stagnated in their past four games. The Jets offense has scored just three touchdowns in those four games, with a third-down conversion percentage below 29 percent.
And since posting an impressive 97.1 Total QBR in the Jets’ season opener, Sanchez’s QBR by game is as follows: 46.4, 34.3, 2.8 and 10.0 on Monday. Sanchez has two of the 11 lowest QBR games (among qualified passers) this season.