Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson are the Texans' franchise leaders at their respective positions in yards for a single game, single season, and career. Schaub is responsible for all three 4,000-yard seasons for the Texans, while Foster has three of their six 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and Johnson has all six 1,000-yard receiving seasons. They are the only franchise for which a player still on the team holds the yardage record in all three categories in the NFL. The Texans are the NFL's youngest franchise, with their first game played in 2002.
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Last season, Arian Foster posted NFL bests with 17 total touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns, his third consecutive season with 10+ rush TDs (16 in 2010; 10 in 2011). It was the second time Foster has led the NFL in total touchdowns in his career. Since the advent of the common draft in 1967, he and Priest Holmes (twice) are the only undrafted players to lead the league in touchdowns multiple times.
On Oct. 8, 2012, Arian Foster surpassed 5,000 scrimmage yards (3,629 rushing, 1,374 receiving) in his 40th career game, reaching the milestone in the third-fewest games in NFL history. Only Edgerrin James (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (39) recorded 5,000 yards from scrimmage in fewer games.
In 2012, Andre Johnson collected 112 receptions for a club-record 1,598 yards with four touchdowns. In Week 16, he recorded his 800th career catch in his 137th game, reaching the mark in the second-fewest games in NFL history. Only Marvin Harrison amassed 800 catches in fewer games (131), finishing his career with 1,102 receptions -- third all-time.
Andre Johnson and Wes Welker are the only two players with at least 10 catches in 18 career games -- the most in NFL history, surpassing the record held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (17). What makes Welker and Johnson different than Rice is that their double-digit catch games came in mostly winning efforts. Rice's teams went 8-9 when the Hall of Famer had 10+ receptions. Welker and Johnson's teams have gone a combined 26-10 in such games.
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Last season, Andre Johnson had 461 combined receiving yards in Week 11 (273) and Week 12 (188), the most receiving yards over a two-game span in a single season in NFL history. How impressive is that? In 2011, Mike Thomas led the Jacksonville Jaguars in receiving with 415 yards -- the entire season.
J.J. Watt is the only player with at least 15 sacks (20.5) and 15 passes defensed (16) in a single season. Watt led the NFL with a franchise-record 20.5 sacks in 2012, a total that tied him with Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (1986) for the sixth-most in a season since 1982.
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The Texans have made the playoffs the last two seasons after failing to reach the postseason their first nine years in the NFL. They faced the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round each year. Only four times since the Wild Card round was implemented in 1978 have two teams matched up in consecutive seasons, and all four times the same team won both games.
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Top Draft Pick Goes Down
In 2002, David Carr got sacked a lot as a rookie -- an NFL record 76 times. Unfortunately for Carr, year one wasn't an aberration for the number one overall pick. In five seasons with the Texans, Carr was sacked at least 40 times each season all but once. When he left Houston following the 2006 season, Carr had been sacked 249 times - just three fewer times than Peyton Manning has been sacked since coming into the league in 1998. Since becoming a full-time backup in 2008 with the Giants and 49ers, Carr has appeared in 12 games and been sacked five times.
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Over the Top
Ed Reed is already the all-time leader in INT return yards and can add to his NFL record in 2013. In 11 seasons, Reed has 1,541 interception-return yards. He is tied with Everson Walls (three) for the most seasons leading the league in interceptions and can become the first player in NFL history to lead the league in interceptions four times. Should he manage eight INT this season, Reed would move from 10th to 4th all-time on the career INT list, giving him 69 for his career - 12 shy of the NFL record held by Hall of Famer Paul Krause (81).
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