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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans: By the numbers, what they're saying

The poll

Which of the Bucs' nine penalties against the Saints last week was costliest?

Pass interference on Kellen Winslow: 19 percent

Tripping on Donald Penn: 11 percent

Defensive holding on Ronde Barber: 6 percent

Other: 5 percent

Total: 327 votes

By the numbers

1-1 Bucs' record against the Texans, a 16-3 win at home in 2003 and 28-14 loss at Houston in 2007

6-3 The Texans' record, their best ever after nine games and the first time in franchise history, which dates to 2002, they've been three games over .500

261 Rushing yards for the Texans in last week's 30-12 win over the Browns, a franchise record

132.4 Average rushing yards allowed by the Bucs, 26th in the NFL

68 Bucs penalties this season, fewer than only the Seahawks (70) and Raiders (91)

What they're saying

Size, athletic ability, can extend plays. He reminds me of (Ben) Roethlisberger a great deal. He's just a younger player. He's hard to tackle in the pocket and keeps the ball alive a lot; makes a lot of plays off schedule.

Gary Kubiak Texans coach in the Houston Chronicle on Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman

The Bucs are struggling to find the rhythm of last year when they ran the ball well, made big plays off of play-action passes and protected the ball. Their young defense is not progressing as well as head coach Raheem Morris had hoped. And once again, they lose young defensive lineman Gerald McCoy for the season to injury.

Brian Billick Fox Sports

The picks

Gained a lot of respect for the Texans this year. They used to be the guys who'd blow leads in the fourth quarter as regularly as Wimpy ate hamburgers. Now, without maybe their two best players — (receiver) Andre Johnson and (linebacker) Mario Williams — they've won three straight by 20.7 per game. This will be a tale-teller, though. The Bucs need this one badly to stay close in the NFC South race, and I'm picking the Texans because of their strong two-headed runner, Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Texans, 30-23.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

This is almost a have-to game for the Bucs. They have lost two consecutive and suddenly are in third in the division. The Texans are riding high behind the running game and their defense. The defense is tops in the NFL, which will make it tough for the Bucs to get anything going. Houston keeps rolling. Texans, 24-17.

Pete Prisco

Bucs vs. Texans

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM

Line/over-under: Texans by 31/2; 451/2

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17

Lions 27, Bucs 20


at Vikings

Bucs 24, Vikings 20



Bucs 16, Falcons 13



Bucs 24, Colts 17


at 49ers

49ers 48, Bucs 3



Bucs 26, Saints 20



Bears 24, Bucs 18


at Saints

Saints 27 Bucs 16



1 p.m. today

at Packers

1 p.m. Nov. 20, Ch. 13

at Titans

1 p.m. Nov. 27, Ch. 13


1 p.m. Dec. 4, Ch. 13 *

at Jaguars

1 p.m. Dec. 11, Ch. 13


8:20 p.m. Dec. 17, NFL

at Panthers

1 p.m. Dec. 24, Ch. 13

at Falcons

1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13

Unnecessary roughness on LeGarrette Blount: 59 percent

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans: By the numbers, what they're saying 11/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 12, 2011 5:03pm]
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