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Week 1 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 4 / 35 / 0 on 7 targets
Johnson will have nightmares about Darrelle Revis this week and probably look over his shoulder for him until next week's game against Tennessee. He fought hard for extra yards on his short catches, and did finally get a downfield catch in the second half, but suffered a solid hit to make that happen. Johnson only got one real deep target, and it was poorly thrown into double coverage.
Week 2 vs. TEN
Receiving: 10 / 149 / 2 on 16 targets
As Matt Schaub goes, so goes Andre Johnson. And since Schaub had a great game, so did Johnson. Very few tandems in the NFL hook up as often and as effectively as Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub and Sunday against the Titans was their finest effort in some time. Johnson finished the game with 10 receptions on 16 targets for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. The highlight of his game came on a 72 yard reception where Johnson blew by the cornerback and slipped past the safety. Johnson was 10 yards behind the defense when he caught the ball and never looked back. The Titans defensive backs had trouble all day with Johnson's size and speed as he made difficult catches seem routine and used his strength to muscle position away from the defense.
Week 3 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 86 / 0 on 7 targets
Andre Johnson had 7 targets against Jacksonville and finished the day with 4 receptions for 84 yards (long of 25). Johnson was double-covered most of the day but still managed to post solid numbers.
Week 4 vs. OAK
Receiving: 2 / 66 / 0 on 8 targets
Andre Johnson was held to 66 yards on two receptions but had three more deep targets (an incompletion, an interception and an interference call) that did not result in catches. Johnson's 62 yard reception in the first quarter appeared to get the Texans' offense going after a long and fruitless initial drive. Johnson attracted double-coverage on every snap and was rarely open as Michael Huff blanketed him anytime he was more then 10 yards downfield. Johnson's only other catch of the game was a short reception on 3rd and 6 that did not result in a first down for the Texans at the end of the first quarter. Matt Schaub did not target Johnson much later in the game as the Texans turned to the run and short passes to the tight ends and running backs.
Week 5 vs. ARI
Receiving: 8 / 101 / 2 on 14 targets
Despite being one of the best receivers in the NFL, Andre Johnson still continues to find a way to get wide open in the Texans passing game. Johnson had another productive game Sunday against the Cardinals, catching 8 balls for 101 yards including a 17 yard touchdown and an 11 yard touchdown. Johnson appears to be most productive between the hashmarks when he finds space between the linebackers and the safeties. On his 17 yard touchdown reception, Johnson bounced off of two-defenders before powering across the goalline. The Cardinals rotated three different corners (McFadden, Rolle, and Rodgers-Cromartie) on to Johnson but none of them were able to regularly contest the passes that came his way. When the ball was on target, Johnson would make the reception and usually found yards after the catch. Quarterback Matt Schaub actually looked to Johnson on short routes more then normal against the Cardinals but was only able to complete about half of his passes to Johnson under 10 yards. Johnson was badly overthrown on one deep ball as well.
Week 6 vs. CIN
Receiving: 8 / 135 / 0 on 14 targets
Johnson broke a bubble screen for a 59 yard gain on the Texans' first offensive play and remained consistently effective throughout the game. The Texans moved him into the slot frequently, forcing the Bengals into a nickel package and away from the top and bottom coverage that had been successful against other WR1 matchups in previous weeks. As usual, Johnson was very physical coming out of his routes and after the catch.
Week 7 vs. SF
Receiving: 2 / 62 / 0 on 4 targets
Andre Johnson started the game hot for the Texans but eventually left with injury in the 4th quarter. Prior to leaving the game, Johnson had two catches for 62 yards on two passes deep down the middle. Once again, Johnson poses significant matchup problems for defenses due to his speed and size. Cornerback Nate Clements gave Johnson a significant cushion at the line of scrimmage and that still didn't help. Only once the 49ers began rotating a safety to Johnson's size and trying to bump him at the line with a cornerback did Matt Schaub start targeting other players more often then Johnson. Johnson's injury does not appear serious as he left the field under his own power.
Week 8 vs. BUF
Receiving: 6 / 63 / 0 on 10 targets
Johnson suited up in week 8 despite suffering a lung contusion last week. He did not show any ill effects from the injury this week, however he had a tough time creating separation from Bills CB Drayton Florence who was draped all over him. AJ was targeted plenty of times by Matt Schaub and ended up being the leading receiver for the Texans in week 8. All in all Johnson put in a solid effort, but is due for bigger games in the near future. Johnson will be fine moving forward as an elite WR.
Week 9 vs. IND
Receiving: 10 / 103 / 0 on 13 targets
- Johnson had a quietly productive game agains the Colts, finishing the day with 103 yards and 10 catches. Johnson's longest catch was a 24 yard reception caught in stride from Matt Schaub. Otherwise, Johnson was limited to bubble-screens and slants right in to the teeth of the Colts defense. The Colts managed to contain the talented Johnson by rolling a safety to his side of the field on any play that remotely appeared like it might be a passing play. Schaub continued to force him the ball, and to his credit Johnson responded by making a number of difficult grabs. That said, the Colts quickly wrapped him up after most of his catches - otherwise he might have had a huge game.
Week 11 vs. TEN
Receiving: 4 / 78 / 1 on 11 targets
Johnson had a somewhat quiet game, despite a decent fantasy stat line. He was able to break free deep on a play-action pass, and he defeated Nick Harper in one-on-one bump and run coverage for an easy TD catch, but otherwise Johnson was not a big part of this game. He had one bad drop, and his other targets were only short catches to try to spring him for a big gain after the catch (which didn't work). Johnson is still an uberstud fantasy WR, but he was unable to put his stamp on this close, crucial game for the Texans.
Week 12 vs. IND
Receiving: 5 / 67 / 0 on 9 targets
Johnson was regularly double-covered by the Colts, wherein the cornerback forced him outside where a safety was waiting. Johnson did manage to catch 5 balls against Indianapolis but did not have the same impact most have come to expect from him. The Colts defense did a good job making sure he was well-covered any time he was more then 8-10 yards downfield. Furthermore, the Colts blitzed most often away from Johnson, leaving a Linebacker and a Cornerback near him at the line of scrimmage to keep him from being Matt Schaub's "hot" read. He finished the game with 67 yards on only 5 receptions.
Week 13 vs. JAX
Receiving: 7 / 99 / 1 on 17 targets
Johnson had another productive day, making several impressive catches to help extend drives for the Texans. His most impressive catch came in the fourth quarter when he caught a quick out to the right side of the field, bounced off a defender and turned up field before being knocked out at the one. On the very next play, quarterback Matt Schaub found Johnson wide open to the left side for a touchdown. Johnson also had an impressive reception in the first half on a bubble-screen where he knifed through the defense for an 11 yard gain. His longest catch of the day came on a bootleg by Matt Schaub who found Johnson behind the defense for a long bomb. Unfortunately, the play was wasted as the Texans called for a halfback-opition pass that resulted in an interception. Johnson was used on a wide range of routes against the Jaguars but had most of his success outside of the hashmarks.
Week 14 vs. SEA
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 11 / 193 / 2 on 15 targets
Andre Johnson continued to cement his reputation as one of the league's best receivers. He was essentially uncoverable on Sunday. When the Seahawks would place Marcus Trufant up on the line of scrimmage to bump Johnson, he would simply side-step the coverage and run a go route for a long gain. And if the defense laid off the line of scrimmage, then Johnson would run a slant or crossing pattern and then use his immense physical gifts to gain yards after the catch. On most every Andre Johnson catch, he was wide-open when the ball arrived. It is staggering at how successful Johnson is (as is the Texans total offense) when Kyle Shanahan and Gary Kubiak dispense with fancy playcalls and simply let Schaub and Johnson play catch. Johnson's most impressive catch came on his 17 yard touchdown wherein he got off the line of scrimmage on the left side, slanted to the middle of the field for the catch and then turned on the jets to race through the Seattle defensive backfield and score.
Week 15 vs. STL
Receiving: 9 / 196 / 0 on 10 targets
For the second week in a row Andre Johnson had a huge game. In the last two weeks he has 20 receptions for 389 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did not score against the Rams but was targeted often, usually with success. Once again, Johnson appears to be wide open when the ball comes his way. His route running and strength at the line of scrimmage have made him a near-impossible matchup for defenders. On one long gain, he ran a crossing pattern from left to right and outraced the defense to the sideline setting up a Texans field goal. On another long gain, he was triple covered and came back to the ball in the middle of the field. And on another long gain on a playaction pass, Johnson streaked up the middle of the field and got behind two defenders before hauling in the pass. Johnson is clearly at the top of his game right now.
Week 16 vs. MIA
Receiving: 5 / 71 / 1 on 7 targets
Johnson was not as productive as he had been in the last two weeks but was still a major part of the Texans offense. His physical ability continues to cause problems for the opposition - regardless of the coverage on him, he still manages to get open at will all over the field. His best catch of the day came on his 10 yard touchdown score. The Texans decided to go for it on 4th and 1 and lined Johnson up close to the line of scrimmage on the right side. Quarterback Matt Schaub took a 3 step drop and gunned the ball to a diving Johnson who hauled it in for a score.
Week 17 vs. NE
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 65 / 0 on 9 targets
Johnson was targeted often in the first half against New England but was unable to make the game-changing catches he'd been making the last month. His longest reception came on a crossing pattern wherein Johnson caught the ball about 15 yards downfield and then turned it up for a 22 yard gain. He was overthrown twice in the endzone from inside the Patriots 10 yard line. In the second half, the Patriots coverage on Johnson was so tight that he was hardly a factor. However, this did open up the middle of the field for Jacoby Jones and tight end Joel Dreessen. Johnson finished the season with 101 catches for 1569 yards to go with 9 touchdowns.