Texans by the numbers: Good, bad and otherwise

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GOOD

For the first time in four weeks, the Texans scored in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Chargers 10-7 in the final 15 minutes.

Houston had six plays go for 20 yards or more Sunday, including a 76-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce, a 58-yard completion from David Mills to Nico Collins and a 30-yard completion from Mills to Jordan Akins. The Texans had just 10 plays for more than 20-yards through the first three weeks, none longer than a 52-yard completion to Chris Moore against the Chicago Bears week three.

Dameon Pierce eclipsed 100-yards rushing for the first time in his NFL career. Pierce, ran it 14 times Sunday for 131 yards including a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Pierce is now averaging 5.21 yards-per-carry for the season and has the longest run by a running back in the league so far.

Pierce became just the fifth rookie RB in the last five seasons to record at least 300 yards rushing (313) in the first four weeks of the season. The Texan rookie joins Kareem Hunt (502 in ‘17) Dalvin Cook (354 in ‘17) Josh Jacobs (307 in ‘19) and Clyde Edwards-Hellaire (304 in ‘20) as the only other rookies to accomplish those marks.

BAD

Texans have the second worst third down conversion rate in the NFL as of the close of business Sunday night, making good on just 14 of a possible 52 chances.

That’s a 25% success rate, only the Carolina Panthers are worse.

The Texans have the sixth worst average time of possession in the league, holding on to the ball just under 28-minutes per game.

The Texans have run the ninth fewest plays (237) of the season and have amassed the fifth fewest yards (1208) of teams that have played four games through the close of business Sunday night.

Texans allowed the Chargers to convert 50% of their third downs Sunday (8/16). On the season, opponents are converting 36.59% of third-downs this season. That’s a middle of the road rate and 15th worst in the league.

The Texans allowed Justin Herbert to complete 27/39 for 340 yards in the air including two touchdowns. Herbert tied Andrew Luck for the most games (19) with 300-plus pass yards in a quarterback’s first three seasons all time.

With nine more penalties in Sundays 34-24 loss to the Chargers, the Texans are the eighth most penalized team in the league with 26 flags against, costing themselves the ninth most yards at 226.

OTHERWISE

The Texans have taken the ball away in each of the first four games this season, creating six takeaways in all, while giving it away five times. That’s tied for eighth best turnover differential in the NFL.

The Texans have benefitted the most of any team in the league in penalties, getting 32 flags in their favor, also yielding a league high 282 yards.

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