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(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer The Houston Texans defense was a major hit, literally, in its first year under Wade Phillips, finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-record 44 sacks.
Statistically, this year's defense stacks up well with last year's unit, and defensive end J.J. Watt has emerged as one of the NFL's top pass rushers, now second in the league with 14 1/2. But the pass rush has tapered off as a whole in recent weeks, and the defense has yielded big passing numbers as a result.
The Texans (10-1) have kept right on winning, though, and can clinch a playoff berth with win at Tennessee (4-7) on Sunday.
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Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was honored when his jersey and cleats were flown to Canton, Ohio to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Coach Gary Kubiak says of the group: ''...
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In November, Johnson amassed 35 catches for 614 yards and a touchdown that you might recall. In the process, he had his best single-game yardage total of his career (273 -- good for ninth-best ever, like throughout time) and his fifth-best (188).
Andre Johnson has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Month. Averaged 153.5 receiving yards in 4 Nov. games #Texans
Brandon Harris has been fined $21,000 for his hit on Lions punt returner Stefan Logan on Thanksgiving Day.
Logan, who didnt signal for a fair catch on the play, was judged to be defenseless and that cost the Texans 15 yards.
But Harris said hell file an appeal.
They took my whole paycheck, Harris said. Source: Houston Chronicle Attached Thumbnails
To help get a better eye on the Texans before this week's game, I once again turned to Steph Stradley. Steph was voted the ultimate Texans fan in 2006 and when not practicing law in Houston writes the Texans Chick blog on the Houston Chronicle's website. You can also follow her on Twitter @StephStradley, where she says smart things about the Texans and mean things about Bud...
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Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels dropped by NFL AM Friday morning to discuss his teams 10-1 start.
He was asked about Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suhs kick of quarterback Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving.
My opinion is that it wasnt unintentional, Daniels said, adding he felt it was a situation Suh could have avoided. Source: NFL.com Attached Thumbnails
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