The first week of the 2022 NFL campaign is upon us. And, in less than 24 hours, your Houston Texans will have entered the fray. This year, H-Town (de)welcomes the Baby Horses of Indy to town in what will be the first game of the new era of Texas football.
Finished is [NAME REDACTED 2.0]. Swept away are all the last vestiges of the Bill O’Brien years, well except Jack Easterby…but, we’ll conveniently ignore him…for now.
Enter Pep Hamilton, Davis Mills, Dameon Pierce, Derek Stingley Jr., Mario Addison and more.
This is a new look from Texans that hardly anyone outside of the Third Coast tries to do anything about – but it’s their chance to shock the world against a heavily favored Colts team.
They lost the first game against Jacksonville Jaguars two years ago…the Jags…seriously…
In any event..
The Colts lead the all-time series, 31-9
The foals won after 4
Last meeting 05/12/21: Colts 31 against Texans 0
- QB MATT RYAN makes his India debut. Ranks 7th in NFL history in completions (5,242), 8th in passing yards (59,735) and 9th in passing TDs (367). Totaled 3,968 passing yards in 2021 with Atl. and became the 5th player of all time with over 3,500 passing yards in 12 consecutive seasons. Had 330 passing yards and 4 touchdowns (3 assists, 1 rush) against INT for a 102.6 rating in his last game against Hou. (06/10/19 with Atl.).
- RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led the NFL with 2,171 scrimmage yards (1,811 carries, 360 rec.) in 2021 and tied for 1st with 20 touchdowns (18 carries, 2 rec.). Became the youngest player of all time with over 2,000 scrimmage yards and over 20 touchdowns on the season. Rushed for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns last meeting and has 531 scrimmage yards (132.8 per game) and 6 touchdowns (5 carries, 1 rec.) in 4 career games against Hou. Has over 120 scrimmage yards and rush TDs in 4 of the last 5 against the division.
- WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led the team in career highs in strikes (88), rec. yards (1,082) and rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Had 6 catches for 77 yards in last meeting.
- LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD led the NFL with 8 career FFs and 122 tackles last season. Is one of 2 players (Bobby Wagner) with over 120 tackles in each of the last 4 seasons. Is the 1st player since 1982 with 15+ sacks (15) and 10+ INT (11) in the first 4 seasons.
- DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 7 sacks and 10 TFLs in 2021 and is 1 of 4 DLs with 7+ sacks and 9+ TFLs in each of the past 4 seasons.
- BY YANNICK NGAKOUE makes his indie debut. Totaled 10 sacks, 8 TFL and 2 FF last season with LV. Is 1 of 2 in the NFL (Aaron Donald) with 8+ sacks in each of the last 6 seasons. Had 2 sacks in his last game against Hou. (10/4/20 with min.).
- CB STEPHON GILMORE makes his Indian debut. Is 1 in 5 in the NFL with 20+ INT (27) and 100+ PD (116) since 2012.
Houston Texans stats
- QB DAVIS MILLS started 11 games last season and ranked 2nd among qualified rookies in rating (88.8), assists TD (16) and comp. pct. (66.8) and 3rd in passing yards (2,664). In 6 home starts, had 1,676 passing yards (279.3 per game) and 12 touchdowns against INT for a 113.5 rating. Aiming for his 3rd rank against the division with more than 2 TD assists and a 90+ rating.
- RB DAMEON PIERCE makes his NFL debut. Selected in the 4th round (No. 107 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft.
- RB REX BURKHEAD Ranked 2nd on the team with 613 scrimmage yards (427 rushing, 186 rec.) in 2021. Had 281 scrimmage yards (93.7 per game) and 2 rushing touchdowns in the Last 3 home games last season.
- WR BRANDIN COOKS led the team in catches (career-high 90), rec. yards (1,037) and rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Is one of 2 players (Mike Evans) with over 1,000 rec. yards and 5+ rec. TDs in 6 of the last 7 seasons. Has more than 5 takes and more than 50 rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. Ind.
- LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led the team with 106 tackles and 13 TFLs last season and was 1 of 5 in the NFL with 100+ tackles and 10+ TFLs. Had a career-high 19 tackles, 3 TFLs and a sack in last meeting.
- LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 93 tackles and tied for 2nd among all LBs with a career-high 8 PD last season. Had 7 tackles, FR and PD in last game.
- DE JONATHAN GREENARD led the team with a career-high 8 sacks in 2021.
- BY MARIO ADDISON does Hou. beginning. Totaled 7 sacks last season with Buf. & is 1 of
- 5 in the NFL with 5+ sacks in each of the last 8 seasons.
- CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. was selected No. 3 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.