Torrey Smith talks Texans
Houston has won two straight AFC South titles, and throttled the Ravens, 43-13, in Houston last season. But after a torrid 11-1 start, the Texans dropped three of their final four games and then lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to New England. The Texans (2-0) are 10-2 in September since 2010, the best such mark in the NFL.
Here are some other enlightening numbers about the Ravens' opponent on Sunday:
2 – Number of games this season the Texans have won on the final play. Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal on the last play of regulation to win the opener for Houston, and rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in overtime last week to give Houston the win over Tennessee. Houston became the first team since the 1970 merger to win its first two games on the final play.
3 – Field-goal attempts missed last week by Texans kicker Randy Bullock. He missed from 50, 50 and 46, and is 1-for-5 on the season, although three of the four misses have come from 50 yards or more.
4 – The number of times Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph has intercepted Joe Flacco. No one has intercepted Flacco more. Joseph picked off Flacco twice as a member of the Bengals, and twice with the Texans. Last season against Flacco and the Ravens, Joseph picked off a tipped pass and returned it for a touchdown.
5 – Touchdowns this season by Texans tight ends Owen Daniels (3) and Garrett Graham. The Ravens have been susceptible to the big play by the tight ends this season, and they could have their hands full again.
12 – The number of game-winning drives quarterback Matt Schaub has engineered with the Texans. That includes the first two games this season. Schaub has faced the Ravens three times as a starter is 1-2. He missed the 2011 playoff game.
16 – Passes batted down or tipped by defensive end J.J. Watt last season. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year also led the NFL with 20.5 sacks, and became the first player ever with at least 15 sacks and 15 passes defensed in the same season.
47.5 – The career gross punting average for Texans punter Shane Lechler. That is the best career average in NFL history. Lechler is in his first season with the Texans after 13 seasons with the Raiders.
61 – Career interceptions for Texans safety Ed Reed. All of them came with the Ravens, since Reed has yet to suit up for the Texans. Reed’s 61 interceptions are the most among active players, and that total ranks 10th all time.
95 – The number of plays that resulted in zero or negative yardage that defensive end J.J.Watt was involved in last season. That includes tackles for loss or no gain, passes batted down, quarterback hits on passes that fell incomplete, sacks and forced fumbles that resulted in turnovers and fumble recoveries.
838 – Career receptions for Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who has played his entire 11-year career in Houston and is the Texans' longest-tenured player. Johnson has averaged 6.0 catches a game, the most in history among receivers with at least 500 career receptions.