Texans Hold NFL's Longest Active Streak Forcing A Turnover

The Texans defense made plays throughout the day and helped seal the 27-20 win against the Chargers.

Brandon Scott
September 23, 2019 - 10:04 am

With Zach Cunningham recovering a Philip Rivers fumble caused by Whitney Mercilus, the Texans forced a turnover in their 16th straight game.

That’s the longest active streak in the NFL. 

The Texans defense made plays throughout the day and it was their effort late that helped seal the 27-20 win against the Chargers.

“These guys are really great players,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said of Mercilus and JJ Watt, who had two sacks on the day.

“They’ve been doing it for a long time. Whitney is having a really good year and JJ is a Hall of Fame player. Those guys mean a lot to our defense, to our team, and every time they’re out there -- the big key is health. I think as long as they stay healthy, they give offenses problems.”

The Texans trailed 17-7 at halftime. But they settled in by the second half. 

Watt said the guys up front found a pass rushing pattern in which they felt comfortable.

“We have four guys up front rushing. We were comfortable and knew what each other were going to do and could communicate with each other,” Watt said. “I think when you let those four guys go eat, that’s when you see the results. We can set up some plans, set up some things we can work on. You can get into a rhythm that way. I think we got into a really nice rhythm in the second half.”

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