This Sunday the Houston Texans come to town to battle the New York Jets.
At 4-5, the Texans bring a powerful offense, with weapons both on the ground and in the air. With a league leading rusher and a QB-WR combination that is among the best in the NFL, the Jets need to step up their game.
The problem with the Texans, however, is their defense. Ranked dead last in passing yards allowed and with only 14 sacks this season (Mario Williams, 5.5), the Texans have given up 257 pts. (Most in AFC).
QB - Matt Schaub – 2320 Yards (7th in NFL)- 12 TDs, 7 INTs
RB - Arian Foster – 920 Yards (1st in NFL) - 5.3 AVG – 10 TDs
WR – Andre Johnson – 781 Yards (4th in NFL) - 4 TDs
The Texans have given up 3,687 yards in 9 games (409.7 ypg), second only to the Washington Redskins (415.3 ypg) who gave up 592 to Mike Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
The most yards allowed in a single season in NFL history:
6,793 (424.6 ypg), Baltimore Colts, 1981
6,403 (400.2 ypg), Packers, 1983
6,391 (399.4 ypg) Seahawks, 2000
At their current rate (409.7 ypg) the Texans are on track to allow 6,555 yards for the season which would surpass the 1983 Packers as the second worst in NFL history.
Let’s look at points allowed.
The Texans have given up 257 points in nine games this season (28.6 ppg) which is next to last in the league.
The most points given up in a single season is 533 (33.3 ppg) by the 1981 Colts, followed by the 1966 Giants with 501 (35.8 ppg in a 14 game season), and the 1980 Saints who allowed 487 (30.4 ppg) and finished with a 1-15 record.
At their current rate (28.6 ppg), the Texans are on track to allow 457 points this season which is even worse than the 2005 Texans team that finished 2-14.