Opponent: Houston Texans

2010 record: 3-2, started the season with a 10-point victory at home over the Colts and then a come-from-behind overtime victory at the Redskins. But over the last three games, they’ve lost two times at home, falling by 14 points to the Cowboys and then 24 points to the Giants. In between, they went to Oakland and beat the Raiders 31-24.

Last year’s record: 9-7 and finished second in the AFC South. It was the first time the Texans finished a season with a winning record and their best placement in the division standings.

Record for the last five seasons: 33-47, with no appearances in the playoffs and division finishes at 2-3-4-4-4.

Last appearance in the playoffs: this is the Texans ninth season of play; they started as an expansion team in 2002. In the previous eight years, they have not made post-season play.

Owner: Robert McNair, is the founding owner of the Texans. He made his money in energy, selling his Cogen Technologies, Inc. in 1999. Cogen Technologies develops, owns, operates, acquires and finances power generation facilities in the United States. It produces electricity and steam. He currently serves as chairman of Cogen, chairman of the Texans, the McNair Group and Stonerside Stables in Kentucky, a nearly 2,000-acre thoroughbred farm. McNair has eight limited partners.

General Manager: Rick Smith is in his fifth season as GM of the Texans. He comes from a football background, as he was the defensive captain of Purdue’s 1991 squad. After college, he began a coaching career that took him to the Denver Broncos where he was an assistant defensive backs coach. It was with the Broncos that he moved into personnel, working for the most part on the pro side and helping with the college draft and negotiating contracts. Smith is a member of the league’s competition committee.

Head coach: Gary Kubiak is in his fifth season as head coach of the Texans. So far his record is 34-35. Before joining the Texans, Kubiak spent nine years with the Denver Broncos as a player (1983-91) and then returned to the mile high city in 1995 as offensive coordinator when Mike Shanahan took over as head coach.

Coordinators: offense, Rick Dennison, first season with Texans; defense, Frank Bush, second season as coordinator; special teams, Joe Marciano ninth season in Houston.

Roster overview: Almost exactly half the Texans roster is made up of players selected by them in the NFL Draft, including 12 in the premium picks of the first through third rounds. But only 11 picks were in the starting lineup last Sunday. That group includes five first-round picks: WR Andre Johnson, DT Amobi Okoye, DE Mario Williams, LB Brian Cushing and CB Kareem Jackson. They have six UFAs on the roster, but none were big money signings; three are in the starting lineup. They also have a pair of street free agents that are usually in the starting lineup: 2nd TE Joel Dressen and SS Bernard Pollard.

Quarterback: Matt Schaub (above right) came over to the Texans before the 2007 season in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons. In fact, his first start with Houston was against the Chiefs in the ’07 season opener at Reliant Stadium where the Texans won 20-3. Schaub has now started 43 games for the Texans, completing on average 66.5 percent of his passes for eight yards per attempt, with 60 TDs against 39 INTs. He has a Houston passer rating of 93.3. The Texans record in those Schaub’s starts is 22-21. He was the AFC starter and the MVP of the Pro Bowl back in January in south Florida. Over five games this year his numbers are down, including seven TD passes to five interceptions in five games. He came into the league as a third round pick in 2004 by the Falcons out of Virginia.

Offensive threats: WR Andre Johnson is one of the best pass catchers in the league and has been since he was drafted out of the University of Miami (FL). He’s now played 106 games and caught 611 passes for 8,298 yards and 43 touchdowns. Johnson has had back-to-back seasons with more than 1,500 yards in receiving. This year he’s caught 24 passes for 350 yards, but just one TD. The No. 2 receiver for Schaub is WR Kevin Walter who has 22 catches for 266 yards and three scoring receptions. The Texans leading rusher is Arian Foster, who has 96 carries for 562 yards and four TD runs.

Defensive stars: DE Mario Williams has five sacks in as many games, along with 11 hits on the quarterback and a forced fumble. He generally comes off the right side of the defense. The only other sack threat the Texans have is LDE Antonio Smith, who has 2.5 sacks this year. Leading the Texans in tackles is former Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard, who has 51 total tackles. MLB DeMeco Ryans is very active inside posting 47 total tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. Beyond Pollard, the secondary is young and inexperienced with two second year starters and a rookie back there.

Special teamers: When he’s healthy Jacoby Jones can be among the league’s elite returners; he was inactive last week with a calf problem. This year he’s averaging 10.8 yards on punt returns and 23 yards on kickoff returns. Over his four year career he has two punt returns and one kickoff return for TDs. K Neil Rackers and P Matt Turk are one of the most veteran kicking duos in the league with 11 and 15 years of experience. TE Joel Dressen is the team’s leading tackler in the kicking game with five.

By the numbers: Texans are ranked No. 6 in offensive yards with an average of 371.4 yards per game. That breaks out to fifth in rushing yards (142.4) and 14th in passing yards (229). Defensively, they rank No. 31 in yards allowed at 409.2 yards per game. They are fifth against the run (79.6 yards) and against the pass they are the worst defense in the league, ranked at 32nd (329.6 yards). They are ninth in points scored and 29th in points allowed; they are minus-18 in point differential (118 to 136) and minus-one in the turnover ratio. Houston has given up 14 sacks and picked up nine on defense.

Top ’10 draft picks: 1.) CB Kareem Jackson out of Alabama is the starter at RCB: 2.) RB Ben Tate out of Auburn is on the injured-reserve list with an ankle injury; 3.) DT Earl Mitchell out of Arizona has played in all five games and has 11 total tackles; 4.) OLB Darryl Sharpton from Miami (FL) has played in four of the five games and has contributed four tackles on special teams.

Familiar faces: SS Bernard Pollard was a second-round selection by the Chiefs in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Purdue. Pollard was released at the end of the pre-season last year, then signed with the Texans three weeks later and played in 13 games. LG Wade Smith played the same position with the Chiefs last year, also filling in at center and tackle. He signed with the Texans as an unrestricted free agent during the off-season. Coaching Houston’s secondary is David Gibbs, who held the same job with the Chiefs for five seasons (2004-08). Also on the roster is RB Derrick Ward, now a seven-year NFL veteran out who played his final college season at Ottawa University where he ran for 2,061 yards. Ward transferred out of Fresno State. LB Zac Diles is in his fourth season out of Kansas State. Former KU TE Derek Fine is on the Texans injured-reserve list with a knee problem.

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