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2011 Houston Texans season

2011 Houston Texans season
Head coach Gary Kubiak
Owner Bob McNair
Home field Reliant Stadium
Record 10–6
Division place 1st AFC South
Playoff finish Won AFC Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals), 31–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 20–13
Pro Bowlers Arian Foster, RB
Johnathan Joseph, CB
Antonio Smith, DE
Chris Myers, OL
Previous season Next season
< 2010 2012

The 2011 Houston Texans season was the team's tenth season in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans improved on their record from the 2010 season, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 20–19 in Week 14 and clinching the AFC South. It also assured the Texans of at least one playoff game at home—the first NFL playoff game in Houston since 1993. After reaching the Divisional match against the Baltimore Ravens, the Texans suffered their maiden loss in the NFL Playoffs, losing 20–13.

Prior to the 2011 season,[1] former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Texans, replacing former coordinator Frank Bush, who was terminated by Texans owner Bob McNair.[2] The Texans defense made major improvements on defense in Phillips's first year calling Houston's defensive plays. Houston allowed the fourth-fewest points in the league in 2011 (compared to fourth most in 2010), the second-fewest yards allowed (third-most in 2010) and third-fewest yards per play (4.8, compared to 6.0, second-worst in 2010).


2011 draft board

Round Selection Player Position College
1 11 J. J. Watt Defensive end Wisconsin
2 42 Brooks Reed Defensive line Arizona
2 60 (From Patriots) Brandon Harris Defensive back Miami
4 127 (From Bears through Redskins) Rashad Carmichael Defensive back Virginia Tech
5 144 (From Redskins) Shiloh Keo Defensive back Idaho
5 152 (From Colts through Redskins) T. J. Yates Quarterback North Carolina
7 214 Derek Newton Offensive line Arkansas State
7 254 (Mr. Irrelevant) Cheta Ozougwu Defensive line Rice
^[a] Compensatory selection.



The Texans' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.
Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
1 August 15 7:00 p.m. CDT New York Jets W 20–16 1–0 Reliant Stadium ESPN Recap
2 August 20 7:00 p.m. CDT New Orleans Saints W 27–14 2–0 Reliant Stadium KTRK-TV Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. CDT at San Francisco 49ers W 30–7 3–0 Candlestick Park KTRK-TV Recap
4 September 1 7:00 p.m. CDT at Minnesota Vikings L 0–28 3–1 Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome KTRK-TV Recap

Regular season


Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
1 September 11 12:00 p.m. CDT Indianapolis Colts W 34–7 1–0 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 18 3:15 p.m. CDT at Miami Dolphins W 23–13 2–0 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 25 12:00 p.m. CDT at New Orleans Saints L 33–40 2–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap
4 October 2 12:00 p.m. CDT Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–10 3–1 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 9 12:00 p.m. CDT Oakland Raiders L 20–25 3–2 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 16 3:05 p.m. CDT at Baltimore Ravens L 14–29 3–3 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 23 12:00 p.m. CDT at Tennessee Titans W 41–7 4–3 LP Field CBS Recap
8 October 30 12:00 p.m. CDT Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–14 5–3 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 6 12:00 p.m. CST Cleveland Browns W 30–12 6–3 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 13 12:00 p.m. CST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 37–9 7–3 Raymond James Stadium CBS Recap
11 Bye
12 November 27 12:00 p.m. CST at Jacksonville Jaguars W 20–13 8–3 EverBank Field CBS Recap
13 December 4 12:00 p.m. CST Atlanta Falcons W 17–10 9–3 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 11 12:00 p.m. CST at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–19 10–3 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 18 12:00 p.m. CST Carolina Panthers L 13–28 10–4 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 22 7:20 p.m. CST at Indianapolis Colts L 16–19 10–5 Lucas Oil Stadium NFLN Recap
17 January 1 12:00 p.m. CST Tennessee Titans L 22–23 10–6 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap


^[a] The game was simulcast locally on KIAH.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Texans began their season at home against the AFC South division foes, Colts. With the win, the Texans started the season out at 1–0.

Week 2: at Miami Dolphins

The Texans went on the road to face the Dolphins. With the win, the Texans improved to 2–0.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

With the loss, the Texans fell to 2–1.

Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

With the win, the Texans improved to 3–1.

Week 5: vs. Oakland Raiders

With the loss, the Texans fell to 3–2 and they lost both their second game and first home game against the Raiders.

Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens

With the loss, the Texans fell to 3–3.

Week 7: at Tennessee Titans

With the win, the Texans improved to 4–3.

Week 8: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Battle Red Day

With the win, the Texans improved to 5–3.

Week 9: vs. Cleveland Browns

With the win, the Texans improved to 6–3.

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the win, the Texans went on their bye week 7–3.

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, not only the Texans improved to 8–3, but swept the Jaguars for the 1st time since 2006.

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons

With the win, the Texans improved to 9–3.

Week 14: at Cincinnati Bengals

With the win, the Texans improved to 10–3.

Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers

With the loss, the Texans fell to 10–4 and lost their first game to the Panthers.

Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts

With the loss, the Texans fell to 10–5.

Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans

Jake Delhomme and the Texans line up against the Titans

With the loss, the Texans would end their season at 10–6 and the AFC's #3 seed.




Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 7 3:30 p.m. CST Cincinnati Bengals (6) W 31–10 1–0 Reliant Stadium NBC Recap
Divisional January 15 12:00 p.m. CST at Baltimore Ravens (2) L 13–20 1–1 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap

Game summaries

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: vs. #6 Cincinnati Bengals

Making their NFL postseason debut as the AFC's #3 seed, the Texans began their playoff run at home in the AFC Wild Card Round against the #6 Cincinnati Bengals, in a rematch of their Week 14 contest. Not only was this the Texans' first postseason game, it was the franchise's first game ever broadcast nationally on NBC, they were also the last NFL team to finally play on NBC, since their 2006 inception.

Houston trailed in the first quarter with Bengals running back Cedric Benson getting a 1-yard touchdown run, yet the Texans answered with an 8-yard touchdown run from running back Arian Foster. Cincinnati struck back in the second quarter with kicker Mike Nugent getting a 37-yard field goal, but Houston took the lead with a 39-yard field goal from kicker Neil Rackers, followed by rookie defensive end J.J. Watt returning an interception 29 yards for a touchdown. From there, the Texans took control with rookie quarterback T.J. Yates finding wide receiver Andre Johnson on a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter, followed by a 42-yard touchdown run by Foster in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Texans improved their overall record to 11–6.

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #2 Baltimore Ravens


Final roster


  1. ^ January 5, 2011
  2. ^

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