The Houston Texans have struggled against the Minnesota Vikings in previous meetings.
The Week 4 matchup between the Houston Texans and the Minnesota Vikings is just the fifth time these two teams have met in a game since 2004, and in the four previous games, it has been the Vikings leaving the field with the win.
These two teams have each hosted two home games in the all-time series, and with the Vikings being 4-0 vs. the Texans, they have yet to face the Houston Texans when Deshaun Watson is their quarterback.
The first meeting between these two teams was back in Oct. 10, 2004, with the Texans losing in overtime by a 34-28 score. They met again four years later on Nov. 2, 2008 with the Vikings winning, 28-21.
In 2012, the Houston Texans lost the game on Dec. 23 by a 23-6 score in Houston, and in their most recent matchup on Oct. 9, 2016, it was the Vikings defeating the Houston Texans, 31-13. In the four games, the Vikings have outscored the Texans, 116-68.
Looking back for a history lesson of sorts, the first time these two teams faced each other, can you name the starting quarterbacks of each team? If you said Daunte Culpepper and David Carr, that would be the correct answer. In that game, the Texans quarterback Carr was 27-of-42 for 372 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also sacked four times.
Culpepper was 36-of-50 for 396 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions, and he was sacked three times.
That game, the Houston Texans also had two players catch for over 100 yards each. The first was Andre Johnson with 12 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and next was Derick Armstrong with six catches for 101 yards and one TD.
One question pertaining to the first meeting compared to the 2020 showdown is can the two quarterbacks Deshaun Watson of the Texans and Kirk Cousins of the Vikings out-perform the numbers of the two quarterbacks in the first meeting from 2004?
This year should be a fun game as both teams are looking for their first win of the season, and this is a big opportunity for teams to take advantage of their opponents’ weaknesses and gain their first W of the 2020 NFL season.