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QB Brian Hoyer - Houston Texans

6-2, 215Born: 10-13-1985College: Michigan StateDrafted: ---

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Week 5: vs Indianapolis Colts

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Thursday Night game will feature two NFC South rivals clashing in Houston's NRG Stadium. The Texans are banged up coming into this one - Cecil Shorts (shoulder) is out and Nate Washington (hamstring) is also not practicing this week, so rookie Kevin Mumphery (seven targets for 4/56/0 receiving last week) could get the start opposite DeAndre Hopkins (22! targets for 9/157/0 receiving last week) at wide receiver. In addition to the injury woes, the Texans benched starter Ryan Mallett (12/27 for 150 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown last week) in Atlanta after the team was down 0-42 - backup Brian Hoyer threw three TDs against prevent defense but was not elevated to starter (yet), so Mallett will begin this game under center (whether he finishes there is yet to be seen). Outside Hopkins, who gets his no matter which guy is pitching the football, it's hard to be excited about any of the receivers on this chaotic unit. The Colts' pass D allowed 30/47 for 266 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to the Jaguars last week, after coughing up 27/44 for 367 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions to the Titans two games ago. To date, the Colts average 268.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores handed over vs. a mediocre three interceptions and just five sacks generated to date (tied for 28th in the NFL). This is a good matchup for the Texans, but it remains to be seen if they can take advantage of it.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs KC 59 18 34 236 1 1 0 0 0 1 13.8
3 vs TB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 at ATL 36 17 30 232 2 0 0 0 0 0 19.6
5 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay * 6 10 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs ATL (17 / 30 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The game was out of hand and Brian Hoyer came in a played mop up duties for the Texans. With touchdown passes to Cecil Shorts and C.J. Fiedorowicz late in the game, it made the score not look at bad as it could have been. The Falcons brought in their reserves late in the third quarter when Hoyer took over but it is hard to get a real feel if it makes a difference for the offense. Hoyer threw a much more catchable football but with the Falcons playing some coverage, the passes were easy pitch and catches.

2015 Week 1 vs KC (18 / 34 / 236 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

There was only one drive where Brian Hoyer looked effiicent but his day started off on a terrible read. Hoyer was intercepted when he was throwing a quick slant to Deandre Hopkins who was streaking downfield. He did respond in the third drive hitting four different receivers in Keith Mumphery, Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts (twice) and Hopkins for a four yard touchdown. That was the highlight of his day going five of five that drive for 59 yards. That put the Texans in an offensive hole all day and put the offense on it heels all day. Hoyer was erratic with his throws through out the day. Miss high to crossing receivers and missing the back shoulder throw to Hopkins by throwing it the dirt. Hoyer was not helped by his offensive line who played sub par especially in pass protection. Hoyer was harassed all day and had issues stepping up into the pocket to complete passes. Hoyer's rough day ended up getting him benched later in the game but this was more likely due to him botching pre-snap reads in key spots during the game.


Latest News

Texans | Brian Hoyer solid in relief (Thu Oct 8, 11:56 PM) - Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer replaced QB Ryan Mallett against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5, and he completed 24 of 31 attempts for 312 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 27-20 loss.

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Texans | Ryan Mallett exits with injury (Thu Oct 8, 09:39 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (undisclosed) exited against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by QB Brian Hoyer.

Our View: Mallett has been brooding on the sideline, in his equipment, so there is no real indication as to what is wrong or how serious. If this was a serious injury, we assume he'd be in street clothes.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett replaced in loss (Sun Oct 4, 07:22 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett completed 12 of 27 passes for 150 yards and an interception and was replaced by QB Brian Hoyer in a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. Hoyer finished 17 of 30 for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

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Texans | Ryan Mallett benched during Week 4 (Sun Oct 4, 04:32 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett was benched in favor of QB Brian Hoyer during Week 4's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Mallett went 12-for-37 for 150 yards and one interception before giving way to Hoyer, who was 17-for-30 with 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Our View: At least this quarterback woes aren't dragging down the stock of DeAndre Hopkins, who went off in garbage time. The Texans need Arian Foster to be his old self Thursday night against Indianapolis.
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6@ Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Tennessee Titans
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Cincinnati Bengals
11vs New York Jets
12vs New Orleans Saints
13@ Buffalo Bills
14vs New England Patriots
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