Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
I just came across a somewhat disturbing Texans stat...........after 2 games, the Texans D ranks last in total tackles!
That's meaningless, and it's a combination of two factors.
First, the Texans currently have the fifth fewest defensive plays from scrimmage in the NFL at 118. That compares to a league low of 101 (Seattle). and a league high of 165 (Buffalo). Fewer defensive plays from scrimmage, fewer tackles.
Second (and this is what really makes it meaningless) is that there is no consistency whatsoever in keeping stats for assisted tackles. I don't know if it's the team, the league, or a local media member (ala Major League Baseball) who keeps them, but they're all over the board. For example, of the Texans 103 tackles, 91 are listed as solo, and 12 are "assists". Compare that to Indy who has 77 solo tackles, and 66 "assists" for a total of 143 tackles. Now that could be just an anomaly of the numbers until you realize that the Indy defense has run 129 plays from scrimmage for the year, so they basically have 14 more tackles than plays run. Buffalo has 184 tackles with only 165 defensive plays from scirmmage. To put this in perspective, only two teams have fewer "assists" than the Texans (Arizona and St. Louis with 2 apiece), and the top of the "assists" list is Indy with those 77.
Lastly, two of the other bottom 5 teams in tackles are Seattle and Cincinnati, so we're in pretty good company in that regard.