The Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals have only faced off four times.
During those matchups, the games have been incredibly close with a handful of notable and quirky stats that are worth noting. Of course the NFL’s divisional rotation that occurs when the schedules are made each season prevents more matchups from happening, especially when opponents are not in your conference.
With that being said, these are some interesting stats to know for the fifth matchup for the Houston Texans vs. The Arizona Cardinals:
The number of wins the visiting team has in this series. The home team is undefeated. This is interesting because in 2009 the Cardinals wore white at home. It was one of the few times they’ve worn white at home since being in their previous stadium (Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium)
The number of yards of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s pick six off of Matt Schaub in 2009 to give the Cardinals their first win in the series.
Larry Fitzgerald’s career receiving yards against the Texans. If he was a part of the Cardinals this season, it would be likely the last time Houston would get to see him. Andre Johnson’s totals are 189 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Arizona currently enters with the 2nd ranked scoring offense, having put up 194 points on the season. Houston’s offense ranks 26th in the league.
Where the Houston Texans defense ranks in the NFL. Whitney Mercilus being released probably won’t help this number. The Cardinals carry the league’s third-best defense behind Buffalo and New Orleans.
The percentage of which the Vance Joseph-led Cardinals blitz their opponents. With the Texans offensive line as battered as it is, Arizona could get home to Davis Mills quite a bit on Sunday.