Eagles vs. Texans: Head to Head

Both teams possess tremendous running games, a quality pass rush, and top-flight receivers, but yet, are extremely different.

QUARTERBACKS

PHI: Nick Foles has played wildly inconsistent, both leading potent scoring drives, but also making critical mistakes at the worst times.

HOU: Ryan Fitzpatrick takes a safe tack when he plays, checking down and deferring heavily to the running game, but he will take deep risks in instances.

ADVANTAGE: EVEN

RUNNING BACKS

PHI: LeSean McCoy is getting back on the right track picking up yards in bunches; the explosive Darren Sproles could be activated for this game.

HOU: Arian Foster boasts six 100-yard performances in seven games this season, behind a consistent line that opens holes through the middle.

ADVANTAGE: TEXANS

WIDE RECEIVERS

PHI: Jeremy Maclin is in the midst of his best season, with 632 yards and six scores; Riley Cooper is finally coming around with big downfield catches after a slow start.

HOU: Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each boast over 500 receiving yards, and their sure-handedness keeps Fitzpatrick's simple drives going.

ADVANTAGE: EVEN

TIGHT ENDS

PHI: Zach Ertz continues to develop into a reliable mid-range target, making great catches to sustain drives; Brent Celek is handy as both a stay-home blocker and open-field receiver.

HOU: Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin, and C.J. Fiedorowicz have combined for 16 catches and 152 yards, while serving as below-average blockers.

ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

OFFENSIVE LINE

PHI: Only seven sacks allowed in seven games (though Foles does force throws), while Jason Peters and Lane Johnson serve well in the run. Jason Kelce will return this week.

HOU: Middle run-blocking behind Chris Myers is a gem, as it is around tackles Derek Newton and Duane Brown, but the pass protection allows too much pressure.

ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

DEFENSIVE LINE

PHI: A tremendous run stopping crew bolstered by Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton, the group also includes the pass-rushing explosiveness of Vinny Curry.

HOU: They have J.J. Watt.

ADVANTAGE: TEXANS

LINEBACKERS

PHI: Generally strong pass-rushing from Connor Barwin and Trent Cole, complimented by the run-stopping instincts of veteran DeMeco Ryans and a mending Mychal Kendricks

HOU: Whitney Mercilus and Brooks Reed are capable run-defenders with 23 stops between them, but struggle in pass coverage; Jadeveon Clowney looks for his niche.

ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

SECONDARY

PHI: Gives up the big play (as seen Sunday), but can generally cover the edges with tight protection; Brandon Boykin is imperfect but a stifling middle presence nonetheless.

HOU: Fifteen touchdown passes allowed against seven interceptions belies a Jekyll-and-Hyde group that makes nearly as many big plays as they give up.

ADVANTAGE: EVEN

SPECIAL TEAMS

PHI: Cody Parkey booted a 54-yard field goal, the second longest in team history; Donnie Jones remains a strong punter with the best coverage unit he's ever had around him.

HOU: Randy Bullock has a pair of boots from beyond 50 yards on the season; Shane Lechler's ably replaced Jones in Houston, averaging 47.6 yards a punt.

ADVANTAGE: EVEN

Statistics from Pro Football Focus were used to write this story.

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