2011 Houston Texans season
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
Home Field Reliant Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Place 1st AFC South
Playoff Finish Clinched AFC South
Pro Bowlers TBD
Timeline
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The 2011 Houston Texans season will be the team's 10th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans have improved on their record from the 2010 season, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 20-19 in Week 14 and clinching the AFC South. It also assured the Texans of at least one playoff game at home—the first NFL playoff game in Houston since 1993.

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Offseason[edit | edit source]

2011 draft board[edit | edit source]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 11 J. J. Watt Defensive end Wisconsin
2 42 Brooks Reed Defensive line Arizona
2 60 (From Patriots) Brandon Harris Defensive back Miami
4 127 (From Bears through Redskins) Rashad Carmichael Defensive back Virginia Tech
5 144 (From Redskins) Shiloh Keo Defensive back Idaho
5 152 (From Colts through Redskins) T. J. Yates Quarterback North Carolina
7 214 Derek Newton Offensive line Arkansas State
7 254 (Mr. Irrelevant) [a] Cheta Ozougwu Defensive line Rice
^[a] Compensatory selection.

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

The Texans' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Score Record
1 August 15 New York Jets W 20–16 1–0 Reliant Stadium Recap
2 August 20 New Orleans W 27–14 2–0 Reliant Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at San Francisco W 30–7 3–0 Candlestick Park Recap
4 September 1 at Minnesota L 0–28 3–1 Metrodome Recap

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Score Record
1 September 11 Indianapolis W 34–7 1–0 Reliant Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at Miami W 23–13 2–0 Sun Life Stadium Recap
3 September 25 at New Orleans L 33–40 2–1 Louisiana Superdome Recap
4 October 2 Pittsburgh W 17–10 3–1 Reliant Stadium Recap
5 October 9 Oakland L 20–25 3–2 Reliant Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Baltimore L 14–29 3–3 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
7 October 23 at Tennessee W 41–7 4–3 LP Field Recap
8 October 30 Jacksonville W 24–14 5–3 Reliant Stadium Recap
9 November 6 Cleveland W 30–12 6–3 Reliant Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Tampa Bay W 37–9 7–3 Raymond James Stadium Recap
11 Bye week
12 November 27 at Jacksonville W 20–13 8–3 EverBank Field Recap
13 December 4 Atlanta W 17–10 9–3 Reliant Stadium Recap
14 December 11 at Cincinnati W 20–19 10–3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Carolina L 13–28 10–4 Reliant Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Indianapolis L 16–19 10–5 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
17 January 1 Tennessee L 22–23 10–6 Reliant Stadium Recap

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

Week One: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 0 7 7
Texans 17 17 0 0 34

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
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Top passers
Top rushers
  • IND – Joseph Addai 8 Rushes 39 Yds. 4.9 Avg 13 Lng. 0 TD
  • HOU – Ben Tate 24 Rushes 116 Yds. 4.8 Avg 18 Lng. 1 TD
Top receivers
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The Texans began their season at home against the AFC South division foes, Colts. With the win, the Texans started the season out at 1-0.

Week 2: at Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

Week Two: Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 6 10 0 7 23
Dolphins 3 0 7 3 13

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 87° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 51,032
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
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Top passers
  • HOU – M.Schaub 21/29 Comp/Att 230 Yds. 2 TD 0 Int.
  • MIA – C.Henne 12/30 Comp/Att 170 Yds. 1 TD 1 Int.
Top rushers
  • HOU – B.Tate 23 Rushes 103 Yds. 4.5 Avg 16 Lng. 0 TD
  • MIA – D.Thomas 18 Rushes 107 Yds. 5.9 Avg 14 Lng. 0 TD
Top receivers
  • HOU – A.Johnson 7 Rec. 93 Yds. 13.3 Avg 43 Lng. 1 TD
  • MIA – B.Marshall 6 Rec. 79 Yds. 13.2 Avg 29 Lng. 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • HOU – B.Cushing 7 Tack 3 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR
  • MIA – R.Starks 6 Tack 0 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR

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The Texans went on the road to face the Dolphins. With the win, the Texans improved to 2-0.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]

Week Three: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 10 6 3 14 33
Saints 0 10 7 23 40

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,002
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
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  • HOU - Owen Daniels 14-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick) Texans 7-0
  • HOU - Neil Rackers 22-yard field goal is good Texans 10-0
Second quarter
  • NO - Darren Sproles 30-yard run (John Kasey kick) Saints 7-10
  • HOU - Neil Rackers 27-yard field goal is good Texans 13-7
  • HOU - Neil Rackers 27-yard field goal is good Texans 16-7
  • NO - John Kasay 35-yard field goal is good Saints 10-16
Third quarter
  • NO - Robert Meachem 2-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick) Saints 17-16
  • HOU - Neil Rackers 36-yard field goal is good Texans 19-17
Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • HOU – M.Schaub 22/39 Comp/Att 373 Yds. 3 TD 1 Int.
  • NO – D.Brees 31/44 Comp/Att 370 Yds. 3 TD 1 Int.
Top rushers
  • HOU – B.Tate 19 Rushes 82 Yds. 4.3 Avg 19 Lng. 0 TD
  • NO – M.Ingram 9 Rushes 38 Yds. 4.2 Avg 17 Lng. 1 TD
Top receivers
  • HOU – A.Johnson 7 Rec. 128 Yds. 18.3 Avg 48 Lng. 0 TD
  • NO – J.Graham 4 Rec. 100 Yds. 25.0 Avg 32 Lng. 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • HOU – K.Jackson 7 Tack 1 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR
  • NO – J.Dunbar 6 Tack 4 Ast 0 Sack 0 Int 0 FumR

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Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit | edit source]

Week Four: Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 3 10
Texans 7 3 0 7 17

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,585
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
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First quarter
  • HOU - Owen Daniels 1-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick) Texans 7-0
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • PIT - Shaun Suisham 26-yard field goal is good Steelers 10-10
  • HOU - Arian Foster 42-yard run (Neil Rackers kick) Texans 17-10

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Week 5: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

Week Five: Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 9 3 10 25
Texans 7 7 3 3 20

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,420
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
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Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

Week Six: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 7 7 0 14
Ravens 7 3 6 13 29

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT/3:05 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 72° F, Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,154
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
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Week 7: at Tennessee Titans[edit | edit source]

Week Seven: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 17 7 14 41
Titans 0 0 7 0 7

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

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Week 8: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

Week Eight: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 7 0 7 14
Texans 7 0 7 10 24

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 68° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 71,412
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
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Top passers
  • JAC –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • JAC –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • JAC –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • JAC –
  • HOU –

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Week 9: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

Week Nine: Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 3 6 12
Texans 14 10 3 3 30

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,511
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
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Top passers
  • CLE –
  • HOU –
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  • CLE –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • CLE –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • CLE –
  • HOU –

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Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]

Week Ten: Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 9 7 14 7 37
Buccaneers 0 3 0 6 9

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 77° F, Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 56,037
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
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Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Schaub - 11/15, 242 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
  • TB – Josh Freeman - 15/33, 170 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
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Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

Week Twelve: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 13 0 0 20
Jaguars 7 3 0 3 13

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 75° F, 10% chance of rain
  • Game attendance: 62,004
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
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Top passers
  • HOU –
  • JAC –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • JAC –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • JAC –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • JAC –

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Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit | edit source]

Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 3 7 0 10
Texans 3 7 0 7 17

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

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Top passers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –
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  • ATL –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –

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Week 14: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

Week Fourteen: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 0 7 10 20
Bengals 6 10 3 0 19

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 34° F, Clear
  • Game attendance: 41,202
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
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Top passers
  • HOU –
  • CIN –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • CIN –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • CIN –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • CIN –

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Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 14 0 7 28
Texans 0 0 6 7 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

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Top passers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –

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Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

Week Sixteen: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 10 0 3 3 16
Colts 3 3 3 10 19

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Top passers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
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  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • IND –

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Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit | edit source]

Week Seventeen: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 13 3 7 23
Texans 7 3 3 9 22

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,512
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee & Steve Tasker
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Top passers
  • TEN –
  • HOU –
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  • TEN –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • TEN –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • HOU –

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Standings[edit | edit source]

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Postseason[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

By virtue of winning the AFC South division title, the Texans will host a playoff game in the Wild Card round.

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 7 3:30 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals (6) Reliant Stadium NBC

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0
Texans 0

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

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Top passers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • CIN –
  • HOU –

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Current staff[edit | edit source]

Houston Texans current staff

Front Office

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Current roster[edit | edit source]

Houston Texans current roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 28 Alfred Blue
  • 40 Lavon Coleman (R)
  • 2 Tyler Ervin
  • 26 Lamar Miller
  • 33 Troymaine Pope
  • 45 Jay Prosch FB
  • 42 Terry Swanson (R)

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Linebackers (con'd)
  • 53 Duke Ejiofor OLB (R)
  • 47 Kennan Gilchrist ILB
  • 50 Ben Heeney ILB
  • 58 Peter Kalambayi OLB (R)
  • 94 Ufomba Kamalu OLB
  • 49 Josh Keyes ILB
  • 54 LaTroy Lewis OLB
  • 55 Benardrick McKinney ILB
  • 59 Whitney Mercilus OLB
  • 52 Brian Peters ILB
  • 57 Brennan Scarlett OLB

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Unrestricted FAs

  • currently vacant

Restricted FAs

  • currently vacant

Exclusive-Rights FAs

  • currently vacant

Reserve Lists

Player codes[edit source]

  • Active/PUP - Active / Physically Unable to Perform
  • PUP - Reserve / Physically Unable to Perform
  • IR - Injured Reserve
  • IR/DFR - Injured Reserve / Slated for Return
  • R - Rookie (player name in italics)
  • FA - Free Agent (Restriced)
  • UFA - Unrestriced free agent
  • NF-Inj. - Reserve-Non-Football Related Injury
  • NF-Ill. - Reserve-Non-Football Related Illness
  • PS-IR - Practice Squad/Injured Reserve
  • S- Suspended
  • SI - Suspended infdefinitely
  • Did Not Report - Reserve/Did not report
  • Exempt/Left Squad - Exempt/Left squad
  • Left Squad - Reserve/Left squad
  • Susp. or Suspended- Reserve/Suspended
  • Military - Reserve/Military
  • Future - Reserve/Future
  • Exempt - Roster exemption

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