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January 5, 2021 09:28 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Finishes strong
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 13 tackles and one tackle for a loss in Houston's season-ending loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Even as Derrick Henry ran for 250 yards against Houston's porous run defense, Cunningham was an active tackler yet again. He recorded a third straight game with double-digit tackles and finished with nine such games in 2020. Cunningham recorded a career-high 164 tackles and three sacks in his fourth NFL season. Fixing Houston's defense will be priority for a new general manager and head coach, but Cunningham, who signed a four-year contract prior to the 2020 season, should remain a key piece in 2021.

December 29, 2020 08:40 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Continues to rack up tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 14 tackles (nine solo) across 76 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

Cunningham now has a whopping 151 tackles on the season, tops in the league. It was the third time this season he has recorded at least 14 tackles in a single contest. He'll look to cap off his impressive season Sunday against the Titans.

November 24, 2020 10:12 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Surpasses 100-tackle mark
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham made nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Patriots.

Cunningham curiously logged a season-low 64 percent snap share, but that didn't stop him from tacking on nine stops to bring his season total to league-high 101 tackles. The fourth-year linebacker out of Vanderbilt is pacing to eclipse the career-high 142 tackles he posted last year, making him an elite IDP contributor for the rest of the season.

November 17, 2020 09:40 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Huge tackle total in loss to Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham collected 14 total tackles, including half a tackle for loss, during Sunday's 10-7 loss to Cleveland.

Houston's defense was unable to generate a takeaway for the sixth time this season, but Cunningham lit up the box score with his second-highest tackle total of 2020. After racking up an eye-popping 142 tackles last season, the Vanderbilt product sits just eight tackles short of the century mark with seven games still remaining on Houston's schedule. Cunningham also has three sacks on the season, but he remains without a forced turnover after generating two in 2019.

November 9, 2020 08:36 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Records sack in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had seven tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Jaguars.

Cunningham recorded his third sack of the season, setting a new career high with half a season to go. Houston's leading tackler now has 78 through eight games.

October 26, 2020 02:48 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Makes 11 stops in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 11 tackles in Sunday's 35-20 loss to Green Bay.

Cunningham was a standout during another poor performance by Houston's defense. It was the fifth time in seven games he's reached double-digit tackles.

October 20, 2020 10:00 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Sets new franchise mark
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham tied for the team lead with eight tackles in Sunday's 42-36 loss to the Titans.

Cunningham now has 61 tackles and passed Benardrick McKinney (60) for most tackles by a Texans player in the first six games of a season. He also became the 10th player in NFL history with at least 60 tackles and 2.0 sacks within the first six games of a season.

October 13, 2020 12:48 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Another double-digit effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 10 tackles -- two for a loss -- and a sack in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.

Cunningham continued to pile up stops with his fourth straight performance in double digits, and he now has 53 tackles through five games. With two sacks on the season as well, Cunningham has already tied his career high in the category. His pace is sustainable after he posted 142 stops last year, so consider him a top-tier IDP option yet again.

October 5, 2020 10:00 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Team-high tackler
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 10 tackles in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings.

Cunningham had a sore groin during the practice week, but the 25-year-old recovered in time for kickoff. He reached double digits in tackles for a third straight week. Houston's leading tackler has 43 stops and one sack over the first four games.

October 2, 2020 03:44 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Cleared for Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (groin) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Vikings.

The 25-year-old popped up on the injury report Wednesday as a limited participant with the groin issue, but he practiced fully Friday and is ready for Week 4. Cunningham has 33 tackles (23 solo) and one sack through the first three games of the season.

September 30, 2020 04:40 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Limited Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a groin injury.

Cunningham briefly exited Sunday's loss to the Steelers due to what was called a leg injury, an incident that could be related to his current groin issue. The starting linebacker managed to compile 10 tackles against Pittsburgh despite playing through an injury, so there's reason to be optimistic about his chances of suiting up Week 4 versus Minnesota.

September 29, 2020 04:24 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Registers double-digit tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham made 10 tackles in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.

Cunningham missed a handful of snaps in Week 3 due to a leg injury, but he's apparently fine and should be an every-snap player in Week 4 against the Vikings barring a setback. The fourth-year linebacker now has 32 stops and a sack through three games, and he's once again poised to easily surpass the 100-tackle threshold this season.

September 28, 2020 09:04 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Back to work Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (leg) returned to Sunday's game against the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Cunningham left the game in the second quarter with the leg issue but it didn't take long for him to return to the contest. Now that he's healthy, look for Cunningham to take over his usual starting role at middle linebacker.

September 27, 2020 01:48 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Suffers injury Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (leg) is questionable to return to Sunday's matchup with the Steelers.

It's unclear how Cunningham suffered the injury, but it's serious enough to force him to miss game action. As long as the Vanderbilt product is sidelined, look for Dylan Cole to take over at one of the inside linebacker positions.

September 22, 2020 01:52 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Paces defense, records sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had a team-high 15 tackles and a sack in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.

It was a busy afternoon for Cunningham and the Texans' defense, which was on the field for nearly 35 minutes. The Ravens tormented the Texans on the ground, rolling up 230 yards rushing, including 151 in the fourth quarter. Cunningham leads Houston with 22 tackles through two weeks.

September 12, 2020 12:04 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Tackle leader
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded a team-high eight tackles in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs.

Cunningham, who led the Texans in tackles in 2019, picked up where he left off in the 2020 season opener. The downside to his evening was being assessed two penalties that gave the Chiefs 20 yards on a drive at end of the first half. Those infractions led to a Kansas City field goal and extended the Chiefs' lead to 17-7 heading into the break.

August 30, 2020 03:32 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Signing huge extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham and the Texans have reached agreement on a multi-year extension, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The contract reportedly averages $14.5 million annually, putting Cunningham behind only C.J. Mosley (Jets, $17 million) among inside linebackers. The 2017 second-round pick has started 43 of his 46 regular-season games, including all 16 in a career-best 2019 campaign. He played 87.5 percent of Houston's defensive snaps last year, piling up 142 tackles (99 solo), two sacks, two fumble recoveries and two pass defenses en route to earning PFF's No. 21 grade out of 90 off-ball linebackers. Cunningham and Bernardrick McKinney provide the Texans with an impressive ILB duo in the middle of an otherwise suspect defense.

January 13, 2020 07:28 AM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Leads team in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham had a team-high seven tackles, one for a loss, along with a quarterback hit and a pass defensed in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to Kansas City.

Cunningham played every game in 2019 and led the Texans with 142 tackles during the regular season, while adding another 16 stops in the playoffs. It was the second consecutive season he ruled the defense in that category. He also had two sacks, an area of the game where the Vanderbilt product has yet to make a fantasy splash. Cunningham will return for 2020 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

December 22, 2019 04:44 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Breaks up pass in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded six solo tackles and broke up a pass in Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.

The effort might be considered a disappointment for Cunningham after he had logged four double-digit tackle games in his last five entering the week. He'll have a chance to bounce back Week 17 against the Titans.

December 16, 2019 11:32 PM
Texans' Zach Cunningham: Another monster performance Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham recorded 14 tackles (10 solo) and 0.5 sacks across 67 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Cunningham led the Texans in tackles once again and he now has 65 tackles (45 solo) in five games since the team's bye week. He'll look to continue the hot streak next Saturday against the Buccaneers.

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Sun 09/20vs BALL 16-331141510000
Sun 09/27@ PITL 21-28831100000
Sun 10/04vs MINL 23-31731000000
Sun 10/11vs JACW 30-14731010000
Sun 10/18@ TENL 36-4225700000
Sun 10/25vs GBL 20-35471100000
Sun 11/08@ JACW 27-2552710100
Sun 11/15@ CLEL 7-10851300000
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Thu 11/26@ DETW 41-2563900000
Sun 12/06vs INDL 20-2654900000
Sun 12/13@ CHIL 7-3644800100
Sun 12/20@ INDL 20-27911000000
Sun 12/27vs CINL 31-37951400000
Sun 01/03vs TENL 38-41851300010
Career Defensive Stats
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