Context on Houston's struggling defense

As the Texans' defense concludes preparations to try to slow Philip Rivers Sunday at Reliant Stadium, here's some context from ESPN Stats & Information:

  • This year's Texans are one of just four teams to allow 24 or more points in each of their first seven games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The previous three teams -- the 1989 Cowboys, 1985 Bengals and 1973 Oilers finished with a combined record of 9-37.

  • Houston is on pace to allow 6,466 yards. If Houston keeps up this pace and still makes the playoffs, that yardage would be the most allowed in a season by a team to make the postseason -- by 330 yards.

It will hardly be easy.

Rivers has 2,649 passing yards this season, the most by a player through eight games in league history. Dan Fouts had 2,580 in 1982.

Rivers is also 12-5 in November.