This is an interesting statistic from the post-1970 merger period. Jerry Rice, future HOFer and widely acknowledged as the greatest WR in NFL history, played in 303 games, finishing with fifteen “10+ catch/100+ yard” games. Marvin Harrison, who will join Rice in Canton, is in second place with fourteen 10 catch/100 yard games out of the 190 total games he played. Tied for third is another future HOF inductee, Tim Brown. Brown had thirteen 10 catch/100 yard games, while playing in 255 games. Here’s the interesting part, at least from a Texans fan’s perspective…Andre Johnson is Brown’s partner in third place! Johnson has only 99 games under his belt, and seems to keep getting better, too.
There’s another Rice accomplishment that Johnson is approaching. Since 1970, Rice is the only receiver to have led the NFL in yards in back-to-back seasons. Johnson led the league with 1575 yards last season, and has a current league-best of 1,237 yards.
Johnson is nearing the end of his 7th season, and has had 30 100-yard games during his career, 21 of those coming under Head Coach Gary Kubiak. Johnson has thrived in Kubiak’s offense. While Johnson's rapport with QB Matt Schaub has played a big part in that success, Schaub’s play should not be overlooked. His ranking thus far this season: attempts (3rd), completions (2nd), percentage (2nd), yards (4th), touchdowns (5th), and rating (6th). Schaub also has seven 300-yard games, trailing only Peyton Manning’s eight.
What amazes me about Johnson’s and Schaub’s accomplishments is the fact that the Texans have not had a running game, and they lost star TE Owen Daniels early on in the season. If Daniels is back at a 100% next year, the O-line has been replenished, and we have a rookie RB to pair with a rejuvenated Steve Slaton, I can’t wait to see what the dynamic duo of Johnson and Schaub might achieve with this team.