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Team Comparison: Previewing 49ers at Texans

Posted Dec 6, 2017

A numerical breakdown ahead of the 49ers Week 14 road matchup against the Houston Texans.

The San Francisco 49ers look to build momentum off of their Week 13 win as they face the Houston Texans on Sunday. Week 14’s contest is San Francisco’s first of three consecutive matchups against AFC South opponents.

Here's a quick breakdown of what's ahead for the 49ers.

Series Highlights

Sunday marks the fourth overall meeting between the two teams and the first since the 49ers defeated the Texans, 34-3, in 2013.

San Francisco leads the series against the Texans 2-1.

Notes from Last Week

49ers vs. Bears

The 49ers grabbed their second win of the season over the Chicago Bears behind Robbie Gould's game-winning field goal with :04 left on the clock.

Passing Leaders: In his first start with the 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo completed 26-of-37 passes for 293 yards and an interception.

Rushing Leaders: Carlos Hyde took the bulk of the carries for 54 yards on 17 attempts.

Receiving Leaders: Marquise Goodwin set a single-game career-high with eight receptions for a game-high 99 receiving yards.

Defensive Leaders: Elvis Dumervil brought down Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for a 3-yard loss. Dumervil leads the 49ers with 5.5 sacks on the season and ranks 26th all-time with 104.5 for his career.

Special Teams Leaders: Robbie Gould tied his career-high with five made field goals (5-for-5 vs. Arizona Cardinals in Oct. 2017) including the 24-yard game-winner.

Texans vs. Titans

The Texans fell to the Tennessee Titans, 24-13, in Week 13. Houston has now dropped five of their last six games.

Passing Leaders: Tom Savage completed 31-of-49 passes for 365 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Rushing Leaders: Lamar Miller rushed for 56 yards on 15 attempts.

Receiving Leaders: DeAndre Hopkins caught 8-of-14 targets for 80 yards.

Defensive Leaders: Linebacker Benardrick McKinney led the team with seven total tackles and a sack on Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Special Teams Leaders: Running back Alfred Blue forced a fumble on special teams that led to a Texans field goal.

Team Comparisons

49ers Texans
2-10 (4th NFCW) Record 4-8 (3rd AFCS)
16.8 (29th) Points Per Game 24.7 (8th)
327.3 (21st) Total Offense 348.9 (14th)
100.8 (22nd) Rushing Offense 117.0 (10th)
226.5 (17th) Passing Offense 231.9 (16th)
27:51 (t-29th) Possession Average 31:00 (9th)
24.8 (t-24th) Points Allowed Per Game 25.8 (t-28th)
355.3 (25th) Total Defense 340.5 (20th)
123.9 (29th) Rushing Defense 104.8 (10th)
231.3 (19th) Passing Defense 235.8 (22nd)
22 (t-25th) Sacks 28 (t-18th)
7 (t-24th) Interceptions 10 (t-13th)
43.5 (27th) Punting Average
48.9 (3rd)
-5 (t-24th) Turnover Differential -8(t-28th)

Offensive Comparisons

49ers Texans
Passing Yards
C.J. Beathard 1,430 Deshaun Watson 1,699
Jimmy Garoppolo 311 Tom Savage 1,349
Rushing Yards
Carlos Hyde 693 Lamar Miller 711
Matt Breida 276 D'Onta Foreman 327
Carlos Hyde 52 DeAndre Hopkins 77
Pierre Garçon 40 Lamar Miller 31
Receiving Yards
Marquise Goodwin 677 DeAndre Hopkins 1,084
Pierre Garçon 500 Bruce Ellington 330

Defensive Comparisons

49ers Texans
Eric Reid 2 Andre Hal 3
Elvis Dumervil 5.5 Jadeveon Clowney 9.0
Three Players 2.0 Benardrick McKinney 3.0

Final Nuggets

  • Jimmy Garoppolo is one of seven active quarterbacks to win each of his first three career starts.
  • Carlos Hyde is tied for fourth in the NFL among running backs with 52 receptions. He has reached 1,000 scrimmage yards for the second-consecutive season.
  • Marquise Goodwin is averaging 19.3 yards per reception, the highest in the NFL.
  • Trent Taylor is third among rookie wide receivers in receptions (32) and receiving yards (331).
  • Cassius Marsh had a sack and a forced fumble in his last game against the Texans (Sept. 2017 with the New England Patriots).

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