By The Associated Press
Nov. 09, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — HOUSTON (3-5) vs. LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-2)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Rams by 10
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Houston 5-3-0, Los Angeles 5-3-0
SERIES RECORD — Rams lead 2-1
LAST MEETING — Rams beat Texans 38-13, Oct. 13, 2013
LAST WEEK — Colts beat Texans 20-14; Rams beat Giants 51-17
AP PRO32 RANKING — Texans No. 24, Rams No. 4
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (4), PASS (16).
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (9), PASS (21).
RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (5), PASS (10).
RAMS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (26), PASS (9).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Just 11 days after Houston beat LA in World Series, their football teams get together. ... Texans' offense is no slouch, ranking third in league with 28.6 points per game. However, that was with rookie Deshaun Watson at quarterback. ... QB Tom Savage threw first career TD pass last week in first start since Watson's knee injury sidelined him for season, but otherwise struggled in loss to Indy. ... Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has TD catch in five straight games and eight TDs overall. He set single-season franchise record with 11 TD catches in 2015. ... LB Jadeveon Clowney has team-leading five sacks. Texans have four players with at least two sacks; Rams have eight. ... Rams get first home game in 35 days after two East Coast trips, London "home" game, and bye week. ... Hometown fans missed Rams' transformation into legit playoff contender with three straight wins. At 6-2, Rams have best start since 2001. ... QB Jared Goff's offense ranks third in NFL in yards and tops in points per game (32.9). Rams' 263 points are already more in half-season than in all of 2016 (224). Goff coming off career highs in yards passing (311) and touchdowns (four) in rout of Giants. ... Rams' defense yielding 11 points per game over last four outings, with at least two sacks per game. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was Texans' coordinator and interim head coach from 2011-13. ... Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur was offensive assistant for Texans from 2008-09. ... Fantasy Tip: Texans RB Lamar Miller could be focus of offense with Savage's struggles, and Los Angeles has struggled to stop run at times this season.