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Steelers vs. Texans Preview, Vol. 1 - A Look At The 2007 Texans By The Numbers

We've got a game this week, so let's start off our coverage of Week 1 against the Houston Texans with a look at the 2007 version of the Texans by the numbers

44.6 - 3rd down completion % in 2007, the 7th best mark in the league.

14 - Sacks by former #1 overall Draft Pick Mario Williams

8 - Sacks by Williams in the month of December (wow)

9 - TD Passes and INTs thrown by QB Matt Schaub (wasn't he advertised as better than that? Did Sage Rosenfels really cast doubts as to who should be the starter? More later on this)

773 - Top rushing mark by Texans RB last year (Ron Dayne)

0 - % likelihood the Texans have a 100-yard rusher in this game - the top 2 HOU RBs going into the season are on the shelf with injurys.

11 - INTs by Houston defense in 2007, the lowest mark in the league

25 - Total Takeaways by Houston defense, the same number as the Pittsburgh D

-13 - Turnover margin for the Texans, the third worst mark in the league, and by far the worst differential of any team that was .500 or better. 

0 - # of winning streaks longer than 2 games by Houston in 2007

0 - # of winning streaks longer than 2 games in Houston Texans franchise history (let that one sink in for a moment!)

94.6 - Highest yards/game total of any WR in the NFL last year, set by Andre Johnson. Granted, he played just 9 games, but when he's out there, he's downright scary.

246 - Total Tackles between LBs DeMeco Ryans and Morlon Greenwood. Ryan may just be the best defensive player in the NFL you've never heard about.

9 - Fear factor, on scale of 1 to 10, of the Texans defensive line. We may not play a better front four all year as a matter of fact, given what's happened to the Giants' top pass-rush threats this offseason. More on this later, but isn't it going to be fun to watch all the doubt about our O-Line come creeping back after Week 1, even though we might be facing our toughest pass protection test all year?

Much more Texans coverage forthcoming.