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This week at the New York Times, a record-breaking stat to highlight the 180-degree turn in Houston.

In 2014, the Houston Texans rushed on 52% of all plays, the most run-heavy ratio in the N.F.L. The team rushed a league-high 551 times last season, as the Texans quickly self-identified as a power-running team in head coach Bill O’Brien’s first season in the league.

Instead, the Texans — through four games — have become one of the most pass-happy teams in N.F.L. history. Including sacks, Houston had 52 pass attempts against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, 59 against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 and 58 Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. In the process, the 2015 Texans became the first N.F.L. team with more than 50 pass attempts (including sacks) in three of its first four games. The Texans have recorded 209 pass attempts (including sacks) through four games, also the most in league history.

You can read the full article here.  And check back later in the day for some equally astonishing stats to chronicle the turnaround by the Jets defense.

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  • Trepur

    Run vs pass is too situational, and I suspect the Texans pass because they suck, not pass because of philosophy.

    To limit the impact situation has on run/pass, I looked solely at 1st and 2nd down, in the first half of a one score game (8 points).

    2015 numbers are now susceptible to small sample size (Tennessee only has run 24 plays under this), but under this definition Houston ran the ball on 55.2% of plays in 2014 (5th highest in the league) and on 47.4% of plays in 2015 (17th in the league).

    While they pass more then they use too, which is surprising, they’re not as pass happy as people think. They’re just forced into many 3rd and longs and are losing the entire game, which forces them to pass a lot.