The Texans scored on their opening possession for the second time in three games this season.
WR Andre Johnson's first catch of the day, a 53-yarder, was the second-longest of his career, one yard shy of the 54-yard touchdown catch he had at Detroit on 9/19/2004.
The 53-yard reception put Johnson over 3,000 yards for his career. Johnson finished the game with 3,115 career receiving yards.
The 53-yard catch gave Johnson a career high for first-quarter receiving yards. His previous best in the opening quarter was 49 yards against St. Louis on 11/27/05 (on three receptions). Johnson finished the quarter with 60 yards on two catches.
Johnson topped the century mark in receiving for the 11th time in his career, finishing with 152 yards on 11 catches. The yardage total is the third-best of his career (170 vs. Minnesota, 10/10/04; 159 vs. St. Louis, 11/27/05) and the catch total is the second-best of his career (12 vs. St. Louis 11/27/05 and vs. Minnesota 10/10/04).
Johnson's 11 catches and 152 receiving yards were both tops in the league for the early games. Only one other player, the Jets' Laveranues Coles, had double-digit receptions (10).
QB David Carr finished the first quarter with a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, going 4-4 for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Carr found TE Owen Daniels for a two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, giving Carr his 11th career multiple-touchdown game.
With two touchdowns, Carr upped his career total to 54. He has thrown six this season.
Carr extended his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 99 dating back to 12/24/05 vs. Jacksonville, tying his own personal best. Carr threw his last seven passes of that game without a pick, followed by 11 attempts in the season finale at San Francisco (1/1/06). This season, he attempted 81 passes without an interception before throwing a pick on his last pass attempt of the day. The last time Carr threw 99 consecutive passes without an interception was from 10/17/04-11/14/04.
After three weeks, Carr leads all NFL quarterbacks (pending results of the 3:00 CT, Sunday night and Monday night games) with a 113.6 quarterback efficiency rating.
Texans tight ends have combined for four touchdown catches so far in the 2006 season (Mark Bruener – 2, Owen Daniels – 2), which is the most by the position in franchise history. The previous high was three in 2002 and 2003 (all by Billy Miller).
Bruener caught a two-yard touchdown on the opening drive, giving him touchdowns in consecutive games for the first time since 11/26/00 at Cincinnati and 12/3/00 versus Oakland when he played for Pittsburgh. It is the fourth time in his career that he has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games.
The touchdown was Bruener's 18th overall and his second as a Texan.
Daniels pulled in his second career touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, scoring on a two-yard pass from Carr. Daniels has now caught touchdowns in consecutive games.
The offensive line allowed just one sack, which is a season low and the fewest since they held San Francisco without a sack in last year's season finale.
DT Seth Payne notched his second career forced fumble in the fourth quarter. It was the second of his career and first since 12/4/05 at Baltimore.
LB Shantee Orr recovered a fumble for the second time in his career, and his 19-yard return was the longest of his career.
CB Dunta Robinson established a career high with 11 solo tackles. His previous career best was nine at Indianapolis on 11/13/05. (Numbers based on press box statistics.)
CB Lewis Sanders also established a career high in tackles with 10. His previous career high was eight at Indianapolis last weekend (9/17/06). (Numbers based on press box statistics.)
LB DeMeco Ryans turned in his second double-digit tackle performance in three weeks. He finished with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.
Through three games, Ryans leads all NFL rookies and is second overall in the NFL with 30 total tackles. His total is one shy of Tennessee's Chris Hope and Keith Bulluck, who each have 31.
K Kris Brown saw his streak of consecutive games with at least one field goal end at 10, a Texans franchise record. The last game that Brown was held without a field goal was 11/6/05 at Jacksonville. In both today's game and that game, Brown did not attempt a field goal.
Brown extended his scoring streak to 38 straight games with an extra point in the first quarter.