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October 28, 2008

Week 9 NFL Tidbits: Texans @ Minnesota


HOUSTON TEXANS (3-4) @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-4)


TEXANS: Club aims for 4th consecutive win for 1st time in franchise history in single season…Team is averaging 29.2 points per game in past 5…With Texans, QB MATT SCHAUB has 3-1 record against NFC & has completed 95 of 132 (72.0 pct.) for 1,104 yards with 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 114.6 passer rating. In past 4, Schaub is averaging 308.3 passing yards per game with 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 113.6 passer rating…Rookie RB STEVE SLATON (3rd round, No. 89) ranks 3rd in NFL among rookie RBs with 476 rush yards (4.6 avg.) on 104 att. & 5 TDs…WR ANDRE JOHNSON is averaging 148.3 receiving yards in past 4 & aims for 5th consecutive game with 130 yards or more (131, 178, 141, 143). In 1 career meeting against Min. (10/10/04), Johnson recorded 12 receptions for 170 yards (14.2 avg.) with 2 TDs…TE OWEN DANIELS ranks 2nd in AFC among TEs in receptions (32) & yards (395)…Since ’07, DE MARIO WILLIAMS ranks 2nd in NFL with 21 sacks (DE MARCUS WARE, 23). Williams has 5 sacks in past 4 games…CB EUGENE WILSON aims for 3rd game in row with INT


VIKINGS: QB GUS FREROTTE has won 3 of 5 starts this year. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with 290+ yards passing…As starter at home, Frerotte has 7 TD passes in past 6 vs. AFCRB ADRIAN PETERSON averaging 96.4 rush yards per game since entering NFL in 2007, best in NFL. In 4 career starts vs. AFC, has 638 yards (159.5 per game) & 6 TDs. Stands 2nd in NFL with 684 yards rushing. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ yards. When RB CHESTER TAYLOR has 100+ rush yards, his teams are 7-1 (.875)…Incl. playoffs, WR BERNARD BERRIAN has 18 career TD catches & 12 have been 30+ yards. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD reception…Rush defense ranks 3rd in NFL (70.7 yards per game). DE JARED ALLEN has 48.0 sacks since 2004, most in NFL. Recorded 2 sacks in last game. S DARREN SHARPER has 48 INTs since 2000, most in NFL. CB ANTOINE WINFIELD had INT in 11/16/03 (w/ Buf.) meeting.

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