DONATE NOW FOR HOPE LODGE HOUSTON: 713-572-4610 OR CLICK HERE | MORE INFORMATION

TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 12: Houston Texans At Detroit Lions

Texans
Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans
Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders
Quarterback
Winner Matt Schaub is not a prolific down-the-field passer, but it would be wrong to label him a game manager. He understands how to run the Texans offense with expertise, reads defenses well and gets rid of the ball quickly. Schaub is a smart leader and an accurate passer who will cause problems for the up-and-down Detroit defense.
Matthew Stafford is something of an enigma at the quarterback position. The Lions move the ball up-and-down the field with little problem and they have the most productive passing game in the league in yardage rankings, but they often struggle to close the deal and put the ball in the endzone. Stafford has size, arm strength and is relatively accurate, but the Lions offense is not hitting on all cylinders.
Offense
Winner The Texans are one of the most well-rounded and versatile offensive teams in the league. It’s no secret as to why, since running back Arian Foster is one of the most talented backs in the league. He is an excellent runner, a solid receiver and a good blocker. Wide receiver Andre Johnson is rounding into form and can be a gamebreaker.
The Lions have the game’s signature receiver in Calvin Johnson. However, he has not been the touchdown threat this season that he has been in the past. Titus Young and Lawrence Pettigrew are solid complementary receivers. Mike Leshoure is a decent back who can take advantage of a poor run defense. That won’t happen against the Titans.
Defense
Winner The Texans excel at all aspects of defensive play. They are going to shut down the run first and then go after the quarterback. Defensive end J.J. Watt is involved in both aspects and is playing well enough this year to make himself a legitimate defensive MVP candidate. He excels at sacking the quarterback and batting down passes. Johnathan Joseph is one of the most physical cornerbacks in the league.
The Lions have done a decent job statistically and are in the upper third of the league in yards allowed. That’s a positive, but they make mistakes in clutch situations that hurt them badly. They are a physical team and will look to establish dominance, but that won’t happen against the Falcons. Keep your eye on outside linebacker Justin Durant and middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Both are nasty and hard hitting.
Special Teams
The Texans may be the most consistent team in the league on both the offensive and defensive sides of the line of scrimmage, but they have been awful in special teams. Their coverage teams regularly lose the battle and they rarely make big returns themselves. Shayne Graham is a solid field goal kicker, having made 15-of-17 attempts.
Winner It’s not often the Lions have an advantage over any opponent in special teams play, but they do against the Texans. The Lions have been somewhat better in coverage since a horrific star in that area. Veteran Jason Hanson is as dependable as ever, having connected on 18-of-20 FG attempts.

The Winner Is

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans
Winner Texans
3 out of 4

The Texans are one of the most consistent teams in the league and they are playing for homefield advantage in the AFC. They won a nationally televised game at Chicago in Week 10, so they should be ready for the spotlight even if playing early on Thanksgiving Day is out of their element. The Lions make too many mental errors to have a real shot in this game.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 20:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the New York Jets looks to throw a pass against the New England Patriots in the game at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)
    Week 13 Tale Of The Tape: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets

    The Colts are still alive for the playoffs while the Jets are just playing out the string.

  2. OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looks to pass against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for several yards on the quarterback keeper during the second quarter of an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 27, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
    Week 13 Tale Of The Tape: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

    The Panthers travel to Seattle for a date with the Seahawks.

  3. TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for a receiver during the third quarter of an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 27, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers passes the ball during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on November 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
    Week 13 Tale Of The Tape: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Diego Chargers

    The Bucs are in second place in the NFC South and look to keep pace with the Falcons as they match-up with a tough Chargers team.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Houston

6-10s Calendar
Watch Now: Live Video & Video Highlights
Play.it

Listen Live