Texans vs Falcons NFL Week Four Capsule

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (3-0)

SERIES

TEXANS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 2-1  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 19-9 vs. Buccaneers W 39-28 at Cowboys
LAST GAME 12/4/11: Falcons 10 at Texans 17. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 111 yards & TD. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 4 catches for 97 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/30/07: Falcons 26, Texans 16. Atlanta QB Joey Harrington throws for 223 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Michael Jenkins has 6 catches for 64 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou.), 84 (Atl.). XM: 227 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Mallett: 59-110-570-3-2-69.9 Ryan: 77-116-946 (1C)-5 (T3C)-2-98.6
RUSHING Blue: 45-187-4.2-1 Freeman: 52-184-3.5-4 (T1L)
RECEIVING Hopkins: 22-252-11.5-3 (T3C) Jones: 34 (1L)-440 (1L)-12.9-4 (T2L)
OFFENSE 369.7 411.7 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE -2 +2
DEFENSE 332.7 378.0
SACKS Watt: 3 (T3C) Beasley (R): 2
INTs Moore: 1 Moore: 2 (T1L)
PUNTING Lechler: 46.8 Bosher: 54.5 (1L)
KICKING Novak (2014 SD): 88 (40/40 PAT; 16/22 FG) Bryant: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: Last week, QB RYAN MALLETT improved to 2-2 as starter & passed for 228 yards with 1 TD. Needs 13 yards to reach 1,000 career. Aims for 4th in row with TD pass…In 6 career starts, RB ALFRED BLUE has 508 scrimmage yards (467 rush, 41 rec.), incl. 139 yards & TD last week vs. TB…In past 8 overall, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 47 rec. for 659 yards (14.0 avg.) with 5 TDs, incl. 8 catches for 101 yards & TD last week. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 31 catches for 448 yards & 2 TDs. In 2 career meetings, WR NATE WASHINGTON has 12 catches for 191 yards & 3 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Atl. WR CECIL SHORTS III aims for 5th in row with 4+ rec…In past 8, J.J. WATT has 14 sacks, 2 FF, FR, safety, 4 PDs & TD catch. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads league with 60 sacks. LB BRIAN CUSHING leads team with 22 tackles, incl. 5 last week. Since 2006, CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 5 INT-TDs, tied for most in AFC. S QUINTIN DEMPS had INT last week vs. TB. CB KAREEM JACKSON had INT in last meeting…FALCONS: Are 1st team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing in 4th Q in each game…QB MATT RYAN is 40-15 (.727) in career at home with 97.1 rating. Leads NFC with 946 pass yards…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for career-high 141 yards & 3 TDs last week. Ties for NFL lead with 4 rush TDs…WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 34 catches & 440 rec. yards. His 34 catches are most in NFL history in 1st 3 games. Is only player in ever to start season with 135+ rec. yards in 1st 3 games. Has 66 catches for 1,053 yards (150.4 per game) & 6 TDs in past 7. WR RODDY WHITE had TD in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2005, is 1 of 8 with 10,000+ rec. yards (10,441). WR-PR-KR DEVIN HESTER has 37 career TDs (16 rec., 14 PR, 5 KR, 1 rush, 1 miss FG)…LB JUSTIN DURANT had sack & INT vs. Hou. on 12/6/09 (with Jax.), only career game with both sack & INT. Leads team with 27 tackles. LB VIC BEASLEY JR. ties for NFL rookie lead with 2 sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 34 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most by Falcon.


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