Digging Deep: Detroit Edition
In their first Thanksgiving Day game ever, the Texans played and won their second overtime game of the season beating the Detroit Lions 34-31. This win brings the Texans’ record to 10-1, which ties their franchise high in wins. Again, the story of the game was the offense putting up yards while the defense struggled. The Texans did not play their best football for the second game in a row and it is safe to say they are very lucky to have come out of Detroit with the win.
Andre Johnson had another huge game with 188 receiving yards on 9 catches, proving reports that he has lost a step to be premature. This game brings his season total to 1058 yards, the 6th 1000-yard season of his career.
The Texans rushed for 205 yards on Thursday. This number is inflated by Justin Forsett’s “81-yard” TD run, but even if you take out that run, they still had over 100 yards and averaged over 4 yards per carry.
The Texans finished with 501 total yards, giving them 1141 yards over the past two games.
J.J. Watt had three sacks in the game, giving him 14.5 on the season. This is a new franchise record.
The Texans’ pass defense struggled again this week, this time allowing Matthew Stafford to throw for 441 yards. He did throw 61 passes so at least the Texans made him work harder for his yards. The longest play they allowed was only 40 yards, which is an improvement from the Jacksonville game.
The Texans’ run defense also struggled, allowing 106 yards on only 23 carries. The Lions averaged 4.6 yards per carry.