Key numbers in the Houston Texans win over the Chargers

Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Texans put up a lot of big numbers in their upset win over the Chargers.

What exactly were those numbers that gave the Houston Texans such a big win over Christmas weekend? Let’s say those numbers were easily the best Houston has done in 2021. Davis Mills, Rex Burkhead, Nico Collins, and the Texans defense were the biggest contributors on the day.

So without any further hesitation, here are the numbers from Sunday’s win:


The number of wins that both Mills and backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor have on the season, both contributing to Houston’s 4-11 record. Who would’ve thought that both passers would have the same amount of wins at any one point during the season?


The number of all-time 40-point games the Houston Texans have had in their franchise history. They’ve had one every year since 2017, but the only season to have more than one 40-plus point game was in 2012 when Houston had two of those said games.


Houston’s number of turnovers forced on the Chargers, their second time forcing three in a game this season (Week 1 was the other game). Houston has also forced five turnovers twice this year.


The season’s best rushing day by the Houston Texans, with Rex Burkhead having 149 of them and two scores on the ground. Houston nearly went three months without a 100-yard rusher, as their last achievement of this feat came in early October in the first matchup against the Colts.

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The yards covered on Tavierre Thomas’ pick-six of Justin Herbert late in the fourth quarter, which ultimately proved to be the dagger. And get this, it’s the 19th consecutive year that the Texans have had a pick-six. That’s one per year ever since their inception in 2002.


Davis Mills’ passing yards also tossed two touchdowns, one to Nico Collins and the other to Chris Conley. Mills has spread the ball around quite well in his rookie season.

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