WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Oakland Raiders
|6-1, 197||Born: 9-26-1977||College: Oregon State||Drafted: Round 7, pick|
2011 Week 9 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Although this was Housh's first game as a Raider, Oakland tried to get him involved early. Palmer appeared to still have a connection with his old teammate. Another WR to monitor but they certainly have no shortage of talented WR on this team. He got most of his snaps as the slot WR in 3 WR sets.
2011 Week 10 vs SD (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
As expected, Houshmandzadeh is very minimally involved in the offense. He caught a short first down pass early on, and that was the extent of his activity. He did manage to get caught on camera throwing a pseudo-punch at a San Diego defender and then acting as if he himself had been hit. If that shot is what you mostly remember from a player's performance, that probably tells you all you need to know about his fantasy relevance.
2011 Week 13 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 40 / 1 rec)
Targeted in the 2nd half but Palmer was off the mark until...they connected down 34-0 for a touchdown on a blown coverage by the Miami Dolphins.
2011 Week 14 vs GB (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Housh saw just one target and dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball from Palmer on the sideline.
2011 Week 15 vs DET (6 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
Had 2 receptions on the final drive of the half for Oakland to help get them in FG range and take a 17-14 lead in the 1st half. Most of his receptions were the short variety type.
2011 Week 16 vs KC (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh made a nice catch on a low throw from Palmer on 3rd and 12 for 11 yards. Had the throw been a little higher he may have gotten to the marker to extend the drive. He also had an 8 yard grab and seems to be getting more acclimated to the system each week.
2010 Week 3 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was largely forgotten until his third down catch at full extension to help the Ravens get four more downs and kill the clock at the end of the game. He is droppable in redraft leagues.
2010 Week 4 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)
"Housh" wasn't much a presence until the final minute of this game - when he ran a great double move route to get open for the winning TD. While he put up somewhat typical WR3 numbers in this one, he's a unique WR3. The prototypical #3 is a "slot" guy - smaller than Housh and able to find holes in the space left open by the defense. While Housh doesn't have the small stature of a Wes Welker-type, he is familiar with being a possession-type WR. Never known for being the game-breaker type even in his Cincinnati hey-day, Housh is adept at finding space and catches balls in traffic. The most unique thing he offers as a third WR, though, is the ability to do what he did on the game-winner. He got vertical downfield and easily shook the opposing DB. This gives the Ravens more versatility than most teams and also more depth in case either of their top two WRs are ever injured.
2010 Week 5 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
TJ plays a valuable role as the 3rd WR target of Joe Flacco, but for fantasy purposes just doesn't see the ball swing around his way enough to be of much value, and in this game, he had very limited opportunities.
2010 Week 6 vs NE (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
TJ looked to be more involved early on in the game than in previous weeks, but Housh did his best Houdini act, disappearing at the end of the 1st quarter only garnering 3 targets.
2010 Week 7 vs BUF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
T.J's biggest contribution came on a pass interference penalty he was able to draw with a deep route, but otherwise just couldn't connect with Flacco throughout the day as Flacco leaned heavily on Boldin and Heap.
2010 Week 9 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Worked well in slot play and also to give Mason a breather from time to time. TJ has asked for more playing time but things are working well right now so it isn't likely he will see an increased role anytime soon.
2010 Week 10 vs ATL (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
TJ Houshmandzadeh was fairly quiet against the Falcons on Thursday night. He caught two balls, one on a short slant and on the last play of the game wherein the defense had given up the short ground. He was targeted deep twice, once down the middle of the field and once down the right sideline at the beginning of the third quarter as well. However, on that throw the ball was underthrown and picked off by the Falcons.
2010 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 79 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh picked a great time to came out of the woodwork this year, having his best day of the season with a 79 yard, 1 TD effort. Granted, he only caught two balls - the biggest of which coming on a beautiful 56-yard rainbow-bomb in the first quarter (which went for a touchdown) - but it was still a better day than he's seen in quite some time. It's uncertain if we can expect more games like this from Houshmandzadeh, although it's highly unlikely considering the other weapons Flacco has to work with. Housh currently presents an intriguing wild card flex play at best.
2010 Week 13 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
It looked early like Houshmandzadeh was going to have a very impactful game as he had four catches in the game's first 21 minutes. He would, however, end the game with just those four catches and be largely unheard from for the rest of the way. He came to Baltimore to be on a winning team - not have a "winning" role as a #1 or #2 receiver, and it has worked out exactly that way. He's frustrated by his lack of attention in the offense, but he's simply not a top-4 target on an offense with two receivers, a running back, and a tight end that are all arguably better than him.
2010 Week 14 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was thought to be an excellent choice at slot receiver for the Ravens after he was cut by Seattle. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out that way as he has only caught more then two balls twice all season and only has two touchdowns to his credit. He had two receptions against the Texans, both of which were completed on quick outs at the beginning of drives.
2010 Week 15 vs NO (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Housh had a nice first down to help milk some clock in the late fourth, and almost had a TD in the second half, but he couldn't get both feet down inbounds. He actually got more attention from Flacco than either starting WR, but he has no fantasy value.
2010 Week 16 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)
T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught a nice touchdown on a post route in the end zone as Flacco put it perfectly in his stride so he could run onto the pass. He also had a nice play where he came back to Flacco who was scrambling away from pressure. Houshmandzadeh caught a 13 yard pass from Flacco to help his QB out.
2010 Week 17 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
As was the case with Mason and Boldin, TJ just had few opportunities in this contest, and they were all short ones.
2010 Week 18 vs KC (1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had a long grab up the left sideline on his only target of the game early on in the contest. It looked like with all of the attention being paid to others that Houshmandzadeh might be able to take advantage, but he wasn't heard from again after that one catch.
2010 Week 19 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
"Housh" did not have a good season with only 30 catches as basically the 5th pass-catching option in this Ravens' offense. His efforts in this game would be considered very poor as well - unless the basis of comparison was against his fellow wideouts. All three of his catches were for first downs, but the game could have been pushed into overtime had he made a fourth grab of that variety. The Ravens' final offensive play of the season was a 4th-and-18 that was actually very well-executed. Housh was wide open ahead of the chains, but the pass bounced right off his chest and fell to the turf - giving Pittsburgh the win.
2009 Week 1 vs STL (9 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)
Housh was used innocuously, often catching passes with his back to the defense only 5-7 yards from the line of scrimmage. He was targeted early in the end zone as Hasselbeck tried to force the ball into double coverage, but the play resulted in an interception. The Seahawks fans have embraced the Housh chant, but his fantasy owners have to feel lukewarm about his results in a game where Hasselbeck threw for three TDs and almost 300 yards.
2009 Week 2 vs SF (9 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Houshmanzadeh had 4 receptions for 62 yards on Sunday and should continue seeing plenty of targets regardless of who is under center. Houshmanzadeh had 9 targets in the passing game. His long reception was for 22 yards.
2009 Week 3 vs CHI (9 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh left the Week 3 game against Chicago briefly with a hand injury but he returned to provide Seneca Wallace with a nice big target over the middle. Houshmandzadeh struggled some with getting open as the coverage from the Bears emphasized taking him out of the offense, but Wallace still threw his way multiple times. Regardless of the Seattle quarterback next week, Houshmandzadeh is a must start in most formats, especially in PPR leagues.
2009 Week 4 vs IND (11 / 8 / 103 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was primarily used on shorter routes, and he was effective in this role as he picked up a good amount of yards after the catch to move the chains (six first downs). He also had one longer catch called back as Wallace had crossed the line of scrimmage as he was throwing. Most of Houshmandzadeh's yardage came when the game was already out of hand.
2009 Week 5 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 77 / 2 rec)
Houshmandzadeh and Hasselbeck are officially on the same page. They made both of his touchdown receptions look easy. Hasselbeck likes to throw to him whether he is covered or not, and more often than not, he comes down with the ball. He also showed why he is the favored red zone target, catching a perfectly thrown fade pass for a score.
2009 Week 6 vs ARI (8 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had a couple of first down grabs early, but after halftime, he and Hasselbeck were not able to connect. A prime example is Hasselbeck's interception, which was overthrown though Houshmandzadeh was finally open.
2009 Week 8 vs DAL (6 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
TJ Houshmandzadeh was covered by Terrence Newman on Sunday, making success a little difficult to come by. The Cowboys seemed determined to keep TJ from creating and space off the line of scrimmage as well, presumably with the hope that he and Matt Hasselbeck wouldn't be able to find a rhythm in the passing game. The plan worked as Houshmandzadeh finished the day with 4 receptions but none were more then a few yards down the field.
2009 Week 9 vs DET (9 / 6 / 34 / 1 rec)
Last week Housh complained that he wasn't getting the ball enough. This week he certainly received more attention, but it wasn't the 'big play' threats that fantasy owners have come to expect from him. Houshmandzadeh had six receptions for the game, but four of them were for eight yards or less, including the short yardage TD in the third quarter that gave Seattle the lead for the first time. His biggest play was a 15 yard completion from Seneca Wallace who came in to run a reverse, but pulled up and threw a nice strike to Housh for a first down. Aside from that, he was part of the dink and dunk passing that gave the Seahawks the win, but didn't help fantasy owners unless they were in a PPR league.
2009 Week 10 vs ARI (17 / 9 / 165 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh finally had his second 100+ yard game of the season, and added two touchdowns. Early in the game, he showed how dangerous he can be in single coverage, hauling in a beauty along the sideline for 53 yards. He nearly repeated that catch in the end zone later in the game. Hasselbeck threw to him all day in every situation. He was easily the favourite receiver and did not disappoint.
2009 Week 11 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had a quiet game with only four receptions for just 36 yards. The unfortunate part is that 20 of those 36 yards came in garbage time late in the fourth quarter when the Vikings has put the game out of reach. TJ is a part of the Seattle offense, but Burleson is clearly the 'go to guy.' The Seattle offense was severely controlled by the Vikings both in total Time of Possession and stingy defensive play. Housh just had a bad game.
2009 Week 12 vs STL (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh is still the Seahawk receiver most likely to score. In this game, the opportunities were few, but he nearly pulled in a couple that would have been scores. In one instance, the ball was on his fingertips but he couldn't hold on; and in another, the ball was just barely out of reach. The important thing to remember here: Houshmandzadeh continues to be Hasselbeck's main man in the end zone.
2009 Week 13 vs SF (7 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had a very quiet game, with his requisite red zone look and no touchdowns. He got a lot of looks - and most of his catches -- in the final minutes.
2009 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh didn't have much time to run deep routes before the pass rush was upon Matt Hasselbeck, so his greatest successes came on slants and crossing routes. His best catch of the day came on a crossing pattern to the right side of the field that ended up at the Houston eight yard line, setting up Seattle's only score. Housmandzadeh worked almost completely on the right side of the field against Houston.
2009 Week 15 vs TB (9 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh made nearly all of the Seahawks catches in the opening quarter, and only he and TE John Carlson were reliable targets for Hasselbeck. The lack of other receiving threats meant that the secondary was able to key on Houshmandzadeh, so he never had much room to work with once he caught the ball.
2009 Week 16 vs GB (8 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh made a nice double move to beat his coverage on his first reception. Later, he slipped in the end zone, allowing an interception. He had no other meaningful catches before the game was out of reach.
2009 Week 17 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 66 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had decent numbers, but was not open consistenly enough to make any real impact.
2008 Week 1 vs BAL (8 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
While he ended up being Carson Palmer's favorite target (or, at least, Palmer's favorite intended target), Houshmandzadeh was largely absent in the first half of the game, and only slightly more visible in the second half. As was also the case with fellow WR Chad Johnson, Houshmandzadeh was regularly subjected to double coverage and was almost completely unable to fight his way free in time to provide an outlet for QB Carson Palmer who was constantly trying to escape from the Baltimore pass rush.
2008 Week 2 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was not targeted until the second half and has not been a big factor in the passing offense thus far.
2008 Week 3 vs NYG (15 / 12 / 146 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh and Palmer had no trouble getting in synch as Houshmandzadeh saw a team high 15 targets and was able to haul in 12 of them for 142 yards and a score. He was everywhere downfield as his speed caused a major mismatch for the Giants secondary unit. He was hit multiple times on underneath hot routes where he was able to show off his quick feet and elusiveness gaining big yards after the catch. In the fourth quarter, he found a seam and was able to bring in an 11 yard catch for his first receiving touchdown of the year.
2008 Week 4 vs CLE (7 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was the most successful receiver for the Bengals, as he caught six of the eight balls thrown his way. His longest catch was 15 yards, though, so he could not break away from the Cleveland pass defense.
2008 Week 5 vs DAL (13 / 7 / 85 / 2 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was by far Palmer's favorite target and caught 7 of the 13 passes thrown his way, including the two second half TD catches. Most of the passes were of the short variety, which is typical for Houshmandzadeh.
2008 Week 6 vs NYJ (8 / 7 / 49 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was the most targeted Bengals receiver as he saw eight looks his way and was able to bring in seven of them for 49 yards. He was a consistent target when the Bengals crept into the red zone and was stopped short of the goal line on Cincinnati's first scoring drive. Like Johnson, Houshmandzadeh did not get much of an opportunity for a big play downfield.
2008 Week 7 vs PIT (9 / 8 / 58 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh produced for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for most of the game. His longest reception was 19 yards and he did show some run after the catch ability, especially on a nice 19 yarder in the third quarter. I would not consider him the #1 receiver in this offense given his skill level may be trailing that of some teammates, but he works hard and that shows in the game. He also is limited by his inexperienced quarterback.
2008 Week 8 vs HOU (11 / 8 / 54 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh finished with eight receptions for 54 yards on a team high 12 targets and added one rush for nine yards on an end around play. It seems no matter who the QB is, Houshmandzadeh is still the biggest part of the passing game plan.
2008 Week 9 vs JAX (10 / 7 / 65 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh showed his versatility as a receiver in this game by running a wide variety of routes successfully. He was asked to run short routes in the first half, and did so very well, managing to get open most of the time. In the second half, he ran more intermediate and deep routes, and showed good hands and running after the catch. Houshmandzadeh had the distinction of having two of the passes thrown his way intercepted, although one was a free play where Fitzpatrick threw deep to him as a Jaguars lineman had committed an encroachment penalty.
2008 Week 11 vs PHI (16 / 12 / 149 / 1 rec)
There was no doubt that the first (and sometimes only) place QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was interested in looking when he dropped back to pass was Houshmandzadeh's way - and the WR took advantage of all that attention. Houshmandzadeh was consistently successful in gaining separation and nothing the Eagles tried seemed able to stop him. By the end of the day, Houshmandzadeh had seen over a third of Fitzpatrick's targets, was responsible for just under 40% of Fitzpatrick's completions, and over half of his Fitzpatrick's passing yards. Houshmandzadeh's longest reception was also his single TD of the day - a late second-quarter 26 yard strike where he got easily got open behind the defense.
2008 Week 12 vs PIT (12 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had four catches for 20 yards in the first half and despite getting a lot passes thrown his way he did not have a catch in the second half. He had two defenders on him most of the game and Bengals' dreadful offense was no match for a very good Steelers defense. Houshmandzadeh seems to be a victim of circumstance; a good player, playing on a bad team, with a below average quarterback throwing him the ball. That certainly seemed to be the case in this game as his body language on the field was that of someone sick of losing and not being able to move the football.
2008 Week 13 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
He led the Bengals receivers with four grabs and 64 yards. His best gain of the day was a deeper slant that he promptly took up the field for a gain of 46.
2008 Week 14 vs IND (9 / 8 / 75 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was a very reliable target, hauling in every ball thrown his way (minus one that was actually tipped at the line of scrimmage). Unfortunately, nearly all of those passes were for short gains.
2008 Week 15 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Largely as a result of a passing game that seemed focused on short dump-off passes, Houshmandzadeh spent much of the game as a decoy more than anything else. QB Ryan Fitzgerald targeted him only five times and that resulted in a disappointing 19 yard day.
2008 Week 16 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh saw only one target on the day as the Bengals were able to dominate the Browns via the run and felt there was no reason to pass the ball. Houshmandzadeh suffered because of this, but the Bengals ended up winning regardless. The Browns did shade their safeties to his side and cut off most of the underneath routes on press coverage due to safety help. Chad Johnson being sidelined may have been part of the reason Houshmandzadeh did not see more targets.
2007 Week 1 vs BAL (12 / 9 / 50 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was Palmer's favorite target and caught nine of the 12 passes thrown his way, an excellent percentage. Most of the passes were of the short variety, as the Bengals attempted to control the clock. Houshmandzadeh had one red zone look, the fourth quarter TD catch that won the game. He is an obvious stud in PPR leagues, and like Rudi Johnson will have better yardage days against weaker opponents.
2007 Week 2 vs CLE (16 / 8 / 69 / 2 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was a favorite target of Carson Palmer all afternoon, catching eight passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown catch, a 23 yard pass, was very questionable, as it appeared he only had one foot in bounds but following official review the catch was ruled a touchdown. Outside of this catch and another five yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, Houshmandzadeh was largely a possession type receiver going over the middle for smaller portions of yards.
2007 Week 3 vs SEA (18 / 12 / 141 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh was on a mission to teach the Seattle fans how to pronounce his name. How he did it? Twelve catches for 141 yards and a TD didn't hurt, and an unheard of 19 targets. What was so astonishing was that he just kept on catching them like he was playing on a whole different field from everyone else. For those keeping track, he definitely outshone teammate Chad Johnson. He also had a possible second TD negated by a holding call. He caught the ball going out of bounds in the end zone, but looked to be pushed out, so it may or may not have been ruled a catch if there were not penalty.
2007 Week 4 vs NE (12 / 10 / 100 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh was QB Carson Palmer's favorite target in the game and had another good outing against the Patriots. He caught his first pass on a one yard catch over the middle of the end zone for a touchdown. But he only had two catches for 12 yards in the first half. Houshmandzadeh stepped it up in the second half. He caught a 23 yard pass on the right side line in the third quarter to put the ball deep into New England's territory for his longest play of the game. He made a big catch on a fourth and long early in the fourth quarter for a ten yard gain. He would have eight catches for 88 yards in the second half.
2007 Week 6 vs KC (14 / 8 / 145 / 2 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had another stellar game, finding the end zone twice on the day. He capped a nice opening drive by the Bengals with a 42 yard reception on a medium curl, beating the two defenders that were nearby.
2007 Week 7 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 43 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh got winded early in the first quarter, but he came back and continued to run routes over the middle without fear. He was held in the end zone in the second quarter on what would have been a touchdown catch; instead it ended up being a short touchdown run by Kenny Watson. Houshmandzadeh caught a short touchdown pass in the red zone, extending his touchdown streak to six straight games.
2007 Week 8 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 81 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh has a knack for the end zone, finding it yet again this week. He had a great day, catching seven of the nine balls thrown his way. He earned his touchdown, forcing himself through two defenders to break the plane. He had another opportunity earlier in the game but was tripped up by a defender.
2007 Week 9 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had a quiet day other than his touchdown reception. It seemed like the Bills tried to take him out of the game with their coverage.
2007 Week 10 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
Strangely, Carson Palmer did not look T.J. Houshmanzadeh's way in the first quarter, or the fourth for that matter, although the game was in had at that point. Houshmandzadeh was most active in the second and third quarters, pulling in six receptions for 45 yards.
2007 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 8 / 87 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was the Bengals leading receiver with 87 yards on eight catches. He scored on a 19 yard touchdown to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead early in the game. Houshmandzadeh probably would have had a 100 yard day had it not been for him being injured late in the fourth quarter. He was seen walking around the sidelines, with an undisclosed injury. He ran crisp routes and often was targeted 12 times.
2007 Week 12 vs TEN (8 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh had an effective game that was overshadowed by Chad Johnson as five of his receptions resulted in first downs, and he showed the ability to read the coverage and adjust his route to give Palmer a reliable target.
2007 Week 13 vs PIT (14 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh caught his first three targets for a total of 24 yards on Cincinnati's initial drive, but the next five passes his way fell incomplete. One of those incompletions was a second quarter pass that hit him in the hands that probably would have went for a first down if he would have been able to hold on. His fourth and fifth grabs came in the second half and went for a total of 18 yards. Houshmandzadeh was targeted in the end zone on a fourth and goal play with the Bengals on the Pittsburgh three yard line, but the ball fell incomplete after hitting him in the hands. After catching a touchdown in his first eight games of the year, this was the third game of his last four that he failed to get into the end zone.
2007 Week 14 vs STL (12 / 8 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh was largely ineffective. His longest catch on the day was for fourteen yards.
2007 Week 15 vs SF (6 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
In the first half, Houshmandzadeh was a reliable target once again catching three passes for 35 yards, all completions were for first downs and extending the Bengals drive. His biggest catch of the second half came on a fourth and five play, with three minutes left, and on a pass over the middle for 18 yards to keep the drive alive. He only had one other catch for nine yards in the second half. The 49ers did a good job of shutting down Houshmandzadeh and WR Chad Johnson on the Bengals rare trips to the red zone in this game.
2007 Week 16 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 25 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had a very quiet day, only catching two passes for 25 yards but he did manage a touchdown pass on a nice throw from Carson Palmer toward the corner of the endzone. Houshmandzadeh clearly beat his coverage on the play but it was Palmer's perfectly placed pass that was responsible for the touchdown.
2007 Week 17 vs MIA (11 / 9 / 90 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh, who is Palmer's favorite receiver on third downs, caught a 17 yard pass over the middle on a third and long play on Bengals' first drive of the game. His next big catch would be an 18 yard reception late in the first half. His longest catch of the half would be a 23 yard catch with less then a minute left in the half. He finished the first half with three catches for 58 yards. He had six catches for 32 yards in the second half as he caught many short passes.
2006 Week 3 vs PIT (10 / 9 / 94 / 2 rec)
Houshmandzadeh picked up where Henry left off in the second half. He did have four receptions for 38 yards in the first half, including an 18 yard screen pass on third and 7 from their own five yard line. He limped off the field after the play with what appeared to be an aggravation of his heel injury, but soon returned. Houshmandzadeh lit up the Pittsburgh secondary in the second half with two touchdowns. The first off play action and he was wide open in the middle of the end zone. The second came on a deep ball, jump ball situation with CB Deshea Townsend. Houshmandzadeh got separation, leaped and corralled the ball after a slight deflection off of Townsend's hand and his own helmet.
2006 Week 4 vs NE (7 / 4 / 95 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh recorded his second consecutive game as the Bengals' leading receiver since returning from a hamstring injury. He caught four passes for 95 yards, including QB Carson Palmer's two longest plays of the game.
2006 Week 6 vs TB (14 / 10 / 102 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh had a big game for Cincinnati, finishing with ten receptions for 102 yards, including a 33 yard touchdown. He made a great catch on the touchdown, beating Tampa Bay DB Ronde Barber and making a great adjustment to finish the play. The play was challenged by the Buccaneers and upheld. He was the most targeted receiver for the Bengals, with 14 targets for the game.
2006 Week 7 vs CAR (13 / 7 / 61 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh along with Johnson saw 13 targets from Palmer but struggled in the first half with just one catch for four yards. He and Palmer were in sync in the second half as he hauled in six passes for 57 yards and the game winning touchdown. Palmer drilled a one yard pass into the hands of Houshmandzadeh over the middle midway through the fourth quarter to give Cincinnati the lead for good. Houshmandzadeh leads the team with four receiving touchdowns.
2006 Week 8 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh was targeted seven times in the game, catching six balls for 70 yards. Five of his receptions resulted in first downs.
2006 Week 9 vs BAL (8 / 3 / 66 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh's first target on the second Cincinnati drive drew a pass interference flag keeping the Bengal drive alive. He didn't make his first reception until just before halftime on a fourteen yard out to the right sideline. Houshmandzadeh followed that play up with a deep 26 yard touchdown over the top. QB Carson Palmer did a great job of looking off the safety and Houshmandzadeh beat the corner straight down the field. The Bengals' offense stalled until late in the game when Palmer hit Houshmandzadeh with a deep 26 yard pass leading to a field goal that pulled the Bengals within six points. On their next possession the Bengals went for it on fourth down, but came up empty when Houshmandzadeh couldn't handle a short pass from Palmer. A pass interference flag could have easily been thrown on the play, but an argument could also be made that an obvious offensive holding penalty also occurred. After the play, Houshmandzadeh lost his composure and threw his helmet down on the field and drew a penalty.
2006 Week 10 vs SD (10 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was enjoying another typical game for him, with seven receptions totaling 88 yards midway through the fourth quarter. Then, two bad things happened. The first was that he dropped an easy reception over the middle on third down that would've given Cincinnati a 10-15 yard pickup and an easy first down. The next was when he was viciously hit by S Marlon McCree. The hit came way too soon and drew a flag, and as Houshmandzadeh fell to the turf, he hit his head on the knee of Chargers LB Randall Godfrey. He appeared dazed on the field and very likely concussed. After being helped to his feet, he remained on the sideline for the rest of the game and was later seen smiling with teammates. His condition and status for next week is unknown at this point, and we will continue to update you throughout the week.
2006 Week 11 vs NO (5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh wasn't thrown to until there was 12:40 remaining in the second quarter and didn't record his first reception until the 12:04 mark of the third quarter. Just one week removed from a nasty collision that resulted in a concussion, Houshmandzadeh reclaimed his spot in the starting lineup. The effects showed somewhat, as he didn't seem like himself. On one play in particular, he dove low for a pass and had the back of his head and neck jarred by the defender. Houshmandzadeh got up and looked a bit woozy after the play. He was unusually quiet and had a tough time getting open. The one time Carson Palmer thought he was open was on a pass intended for him in the end zone that was intercepted by Mark Simoneau.
2006 Week 12 vs CLE (8 / 7 / 79 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was targeted primarily over the middle of the field and came down with virtually everything thrown his way.
2006 Week 13 vs BAL (11 / 10 / 106 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was prolific in the first half against Baltimore in Week 13, catching all six of his targets, but not a one of them was for more than 14 yards. He entered the half with six catches and 56 yards and four first downs. Houshmandzadeh could not grab a high slant pass to start his third quarter, but the next target broke the game open. Houshmandzadeh ran a deep pattern on a flea flicker between RB Rudi Johnson and QB Carson Palmer. Palmer hit his wide open WR for a 40 yard touchdown.
2006 Week 14 vs OAK (10 / 8 / 118 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh caught eight passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. He did not play much in the fourth quarter with the Bengals in front 27-3.
2006 Week 15 vs IND (6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was not targeted at all in the first half. Carson Palmer got him involved on the Bengals' first possession of the second half, connecting for a 24 yard gain. He was then targeted in the end zone, but the ball was knocked away by the defender. Houshmandzadeh caught three passes on the Bengals' final drive of the game as the Colts allowed Palmer to complete short passes to keep the clock running.
2006 Week 16 vs DEN (12 / 9 / 94 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh led the Bengals in all receiving categories. He caught nine of his twelve looks for 96 yards and showed excellent hands and determination throughout the game. Houshmandzadeh scored a touchdown that should've tied the game, but the PAT wasn't good. He was Palmer's favorite target.
2006 Week 17 vs PIT (12 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
While Houshmandzadeh was targeted most often, he too had just four receptions with a long of 23 yards. He had two receptions in the second quarter on the Bengals' field goal drive, but could not break free like he did in his first meeting against the Steelers in Week 3 (9-94, 2 TDs). He also dropped two passes in which he appeared to hear footsteps of oncoming defenders. He set personal bests with 90 receptions and 1,081 yards.
2005 Week 1 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh no longer has to look over his shoulder at Peter Warrick, and has established himself as the clear #2 wide receiver in this offense. Houshmandzadeh was not a part of the return game as he had been in the past, but will be able to focus on his starting role now.
2005 Week 2 vs MIN (8 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec, 2 / 24 / 1 rush)
Houshmandzadeh showed that he could hurt the opposition both out of the backfield and spread out wide. The Bengals' number two receiver saw his targets early, including three red zone looks, turning some nice yards after the catch into a first quarter touchdown. His second half touchdown came on a beautifully executed end around from the Minnesota 16 yard line.
2005 Week 3 vs CHI (5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was actually much more involved than the statistics would indicate. While he didn't record his first "official" reception until the mid third quarter, he actually had a 5 yard touchdown in the first half nullified by a holding penalty on Chad Johnson. Of course, it is likely that the player Johnson held would have stopped Houshmandzadeh from scoring, so owners can't complain too much about that one. Houshmandzadeh also did a great job of drawing a long pass interference penalty on Charles Tillman early in the first half, which helped set up Shayne Graham's field goal. Later, Houshmandzadeh was the target of a Palmer deep ball that was about a foot away from completion. Had it been approximately twelve inches closer to Houshmandzadeh, it is likely he'd have caught it for a 40+ yard gain, minimum. Houshmandzadeh lost fifteen yards receiving on two separate plays that were called back due to penalty, with one being the aforementioned touchdown.
2005 Week 4 vs HOU (10 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh went over one hundred yards and was Carson Palmer's favorite target in this game. Houshmandzadeh briefly had a touchdown pass on the Bengals' first drive of the game; however it was called back due to an illegal shift by Rudi Johnson on the play. This is the third touchdown brought back against Houshmandzadeh this season; otherwise his numbers would be much larger.
2005 Week 7 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh had missed the previous two games with a bruised hand, but came back strong and appeared to be the spark Cincinnati needed in defending their division lead. He caught four passes for 53 yards in the first quarter, and helped the Bengals get into scoring range twice. While he finished the day on a quieter note, he proved to be a solid weapon when Chad Johnson has trouble breaking free, as he did yesterday.
2005 Week 8 vs GB (6 / 5 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh was invisible at the start of the game with no targets on the first two Cincinnati drives. However, QB Carson Palmer looked to him twice on their scoring drive in the second quarter. His first reception was a short crossing pattern on second and 18 that dug the Bengals out of a hole and set up a more manageable third down. His touchdown shortly afterwards was another crossing route in the opposite direction. Houshmandzadeh stopped and pivoted in the center of the field breaking back away from the defensive back to gain separation. He also caught two 20 yard passes later in the quarter, but neither was of significance or led to a score. Houshmandzadeh was targeted on Palmer's fourth quarter interception.
2005 Week 9 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was a focal point for the Bengals' game plan against the Ravens. He was targeted with the first pass of the game, and targeted five times total in the first half. He was targeted four times on the Bengals' first touchdown drive, one that ended in a Rudi Johnson touchdown plunge. Houshmandzadeh was a favorite target on third down and midrange, of between six and three yards. Overall, despite not having outstanding numbers, Houshmandzadeh played a good game, using his body to shield defenders away from the ball, forcing the defenders to commit pass interference to deflect the pass.
2005 Week 11 vs IND (8 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh was used throughout the game, seeing four targets in each half. He was an excellent complement to Chad Johnson, and found ways to get open. He did have a critical lapse with a false start on third and long costing the Bengals the drive.
2005 Week 12 vs BAL (12 / 9 / 147 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh made a 23 yard reception during the Bengals' opening drive. He was pivotal during the Rudi Johnson scoring drive, making two receptions for 41 yards. Right after Chad Johnson left the field for the locker room, Houshmandzadeh made a 30 yard touchdown reception. He nearly fell down, but righted himself and ran in easily for the score. Houshmandzadeh lost a fumble on a long reception down the sidelines, the ball popped out of his hands. On the play, he suffered a blow to his head but was able to return to the game and remained a big part of the game and this was his best game to date this season with nine receptions for 147 yards.
2005 Week 13 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 88 / 2 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Houshmandzadeh got the Bengals off to a flying start with a 43 yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, where he fought off tight man coverage and caught the pass through the defenders arms to tie the game at seven. With Chad Johnson double covered most of the game, and most every other game, he has become a very reliable number two man. For the most part he was able to roam free underneath for short receptions that also included a six yard score for his second touchdown of the game. He would have scored a few plays earlier, but he dropped a pass in the end zone with no defender in sight. Houshmandzadeh later had a 14 yard grab that helped set up a Shayne Graham field goal in the third quarter. He also added seven yards rushing.
2005 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 53 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh provided the biggest spark in the passing game, catching everything thrown his way and proving to be the only Bengals' wide receiver to create significant separation on the afternoon.
2005 Week 15 vs DET (9 / 6 / 61 / 1 rec)
Houshmandzadeh had six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown and was on his way to another of his steady games when he was tackled awkwardly early in the third quarter and left with a foot injury.
2005 Week 16 vs BUF (10 / 7 / 70 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh was again heavily featured in the passing game, catching seven of his ten targets. He had a 12 yard first down reception on the drive that led to the Bengals' opening touchdown. His best play of the day came on a second and nine play where he caught the ball, cut inside, and made a defender miss to gain 14 yards for the first down. He was always looking to cut back and make a move, rather than accept what was given and run out of bounds.
2005 Week 17 vs KC (7 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Houshmandzadeh and Kitna had trouble linking up. Like all of the Bengals' players, Houshmandzadeh was restrained from his typical expected productivity.