Houston Texans News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
5/16/13: The Texans like what they see in rookie DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins came into rookie mini camp and astounded the coaching staff with his skills. The Texans have lacked a suitable complement for superstar WR Andre Johnson for years, but they may have found their man with the 27th pick out of Clemson. Hopkins has the credentials. He caught 82 passes for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdown last season. He probably will not put up those numbers this year, but will take some pressure off of Johnson and is the heir apparent to the number one spot.
5/9/13: After longtime Ravens' safety Ed Reed signed with the Texans a couple months ago there were rumors that the Ravens did not want him back - and that is why they did not get into a bidding war for the future hall of famer. Now comes reports that Reed had hip surgery to repair a labral tear. Reed is expected back for training camp, but maybe that is the reason the Ravens were so willing to let him go. In the meantime, rookie D.J. Swearinger will get some extra reps and maybe accelerate his development into an NFL player.
5/2/13: No one really knows what the Texans defense will look like this year. They started off great in 2012, but tailed off at the end of the season. They lost several players to free agency, though did add safety Ed Reed. But their most glaring need is at wide receiver, so Houston addressed that with their first pick, taking wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from North Carolina with the 27th overall pick. The Texans hope that Hopkins can complement all-pro WR Andre Johnson, as well as take away some double teams from him over the next several seasons.
4/25/13: The Texans move to bring in future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed should help with a defense that started strong but withered over the last half of the year. That is actually a concern for this team. Houston built up a strong enough lead on the division early on that they weathered losing three of their last four games. This year will be tougher since Indianapolis is better. The Texans lost to New England in New England last December, then were eliminated by the Patriots in the playoffs (in New England again) just a few weeks later. They drew the Pats once again in December, and will have to learn how to beat Brady if they are going to take the next step.
4/18/13: The NFL vice president of special events came down to Houston to inspect the facilities as part of Houston's bid for Super Bowl LI. The city is not among the most elegant site, but does have a nice stadium. Also, the team is installing new video boards which are said to be the worlds largest. The upgrade is intended to help lure the Super Bowl in 2017. The scoreboards will be 53 feet tall and 277 feet wide, which is longer than a 747 wing. The video boards are probably overkill, but Houston has to keep up with Dallas, and this is in Texas.
4/11/13: J.J. Watt may have just given Andrew Luck, Jack Locker, and the Jags' QB du jour heart attacks by announcing that he was not 100% last year. Watt led the league in sacks with 20.5, and was an absolute terror on the defensive line all season. In fact, he was probably the best defensive player in the league in 2012. The fact that he had a dislocated elbow early on and it never healed during the season can only mean that he may be better in 2013. A fully healthy Watt will certainly command double teams, opening up blitzing lanes for other Texans.
4/4/13: Houston has owned the AFC South for the past two years. Those are the two years that Peyton Manning has not played a game for the Indianapolis Colts. Manning was injured all of 2011 and signed with Denver for the 2012 season (and beyond). Houston took advantage of that misfortune and built a very competitive team. However, the Texans have lost a lot on their vaunted defense in the off season, and have really not upgraded their offense. Meanwhile, the Colts battled in for a playoff spot last season. Now it looks like a two horse race in the division, and it should go down to the wire.
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3/28/13: Houston finally got their man. The Texans rolled out the red carpet in hosting long time Ravens safety Ed Reed. Most experts assumed that Reed would eventually resign with the Ravens, and the courting by Houston was merely formality and smoke screen. Then Reed signed a $15 million, three year with the Texans. Reed took out a full page newspaper ad in the Baltimore paper, thanking fans. This addition should help the Texans, especially after they lost Connor Barwin, James Casey, and Glover Quin to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, and Detroit, respectively, during the first week of free agency.
3/21/13: Texans' wide receiver Kevin Walters became a salary cap casualty in Houston. The Texans released him and his $2.5 million salary so they could clear out space for their upcoming draft class. Head coach Gary Kubiak is 'sick' about the whole situation, citing Walters' hard work and leadership. Many people may not consider Walters to be a top receiver, but he was the number two behind All Pro Andre Johnson, and provided a veteran's point of view in a locker room filled with young, kid receivers. He will be hard to replace, and the Texans need to do so in order to keep double and triple teams off of Johnson.
3/14/13: One of the problems with developing a good team, particularly a good offensive or defensive unit is that the other teams will poach your players when they become eligible for free agency. Such is the case with the Ravens defense, and likewise, the Texans defense. Glover Quin has already signed with the Detroit Lions and there may be more defections to come. In other news, the Texans are set to receive a visit by none other that Ed Reed. Most expect Reed to eventually re-sign with the Ravens, but it is interesting to see who he may consider.
3/17/13: Texans QB Matt Schaub has taken a lot of heat from fans about the team's downfall in the last several weeks of the season. The Texans led the NFL at 11-1 before going 1-3 in the final month, then losing in the second round of the playoffs to the New England Patriots. But people should remember that Houston really only had one receiving threat in Andre Johnson, and had holes in linebackers and in the secondary. Drafting E.J. Manual from Florida State will not fix those problems, the Texans need to put some more talent on the field to contend.
2/5/13: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named the defensive player of the year. It was one vote shy of being unanimous. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips claimed it was the best year any defensive player has ever had - and that includes Bruce Smith, Reggie White and even Elvin Bethea because of the combination of stats. Watt led the league with 20.5 sacks, 16 batted down balls, and 39 tackles for loss during the season - leading Houston to a second straight division championship and a playoff victory over the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs.
1/31/13: The Matt Schaub bashing continues in Houston, particularly after he struggled in the Pro-Bowl. On one hand, it is difficult to continually criticize the starting QB who has made multiple Pro Bowls, led the team to the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, and won 12 games last season. However, Schaub did struggle down the stretch, and the Texans fell from first to third place, then lost twice to the Patriots. The Texans were without Brian Cushing by that time and certainly Schaub needs someone else to throw to beside Andre Johnson. But that kind of logic will not stop the complaining in Houston.
1/24/13: Its hard to criticize a guy who threw for 343 yards, two touchdowns, and only one INT in a playoff game, but may Texans fans are calling for the removal of QB Matt Schaub. Schaub, obviously, put up some great stats, but most of that was after the game was out of hand and the pressure was off. The Patriots won decisively 41-28, and Schaub's fine play came after the team was down by 25 points. At the least, the fans want the Texans to bring in a veteran or talented youngster to compete for the starting job and put some pressure on their current QB.
1/17/13: The talk about the Texans all season was how they were the most balanced team in the NFL. They had a great defense, great rushing attack, and a good passing game. But the team struggled down the stretch, dropping from number one to three in the AFC. Houston was beaten badly by the Patriots in a Week 13 Monday Night game in New England, 42-14. In the Divisional Round game their defense improved, only allowing 41 points, while scoring 28. Still, 28 is less than 41 so the Texans' season ends in disappointment again, with many calling for a replacement for quarterback Matt Schaub.
1/10/13: Houston repeated their effort from last year, knocking off Cincinnati in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. The Texans lost their three of their last four games to fall from first to third in the AFC. But the team rebounded against the Bengals, doing what they do best: running the ball and playing defense. Arian Foster led the Texans with 140 yards rushing and a touchdown. Houston outgained the Bengals 250-53 in the first half, and finished the job by holding off Cincy to win the game. Houston now returns to New England, where they were routed a few weeks ago, for a chance to advance to the AFC Championship.
1/3/13: Houston stumbled down the stretch and their record fell from 11-1 to 12-4. The Texans had two chances to win and secure the number one seed for the playoffs, and with it a first round bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. However, Houston lost their last two games, including the season finale against the Colts. The game did not mean anything to Indy, but their win meant that the Texans ended up with the third seed and will host the Bengals in the first round. The game is a rematch of last season's first round, a game that Houston won.
12/27/12: Houston hosted the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 and was looking to wrap up homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Instead, they found a very hungry Vikings team that dominated the Texans from start to finish, and Houston lost 23-6. The only bright spot was that J.J. Watt recorded another sack, bringing his total to 20.5 on the season. Arian Foster left the game after only 15 yards on 10 attempts in a precautionary move, though backup Ben Tate did not fare much better. The 12-3 Texans have lost two of their last three, but have a chance at playoff seeding this Sunday at Indianapolis.
12/20/12: After the Packers dismantled Houston earlier in the year, the Texans went on a six game winning streak. That was ended in New England in Week 14 with another routing. So the Texans got back to doing what they do best - dominating on defense and allowing the offense to score easy points. Such was the case in Indianopolis on Sunday. Houston's defense dominated the Colts, causing turnovers, blocking kicks, and shutting down Andrew Luck in a 29-17 win. The Texans now sit at 12-2 and are trying to lock down homefield advantage and a bye in the playoffs.
12/13/12: Houston only has two losses on the season, one each to Green Bay and New England. At 11-2, the Texans are firmly in the playoffs and can clinch the AFC South with another victory - they will have two games against the pesky Indianapolis Colts. Both losses were blowouts, but the Texans have shown resiliency all year. They are still a very balanced team that can run the ball very well. The question now is on defense. The defense had been outstanding for most of the year, but has allowed at least 30 points in the last few games. Indy comes calling this Sunday, so the Texans can finish off the division hunt.
12/6/12: Different city, same result. The Texans played the second of three consecutive road games, this time at Tennessee - the former Houston Oilers. The Texans came out blazing and easily won 24-10 against a Titans team that seems to have given up for the year. Houston clinched a playoff spot and now stands at 11-1 on the season. Indianapolis still could catch the Texans, but is still three games back in the standings. Houston now travels to New England for what may be the best matchup of the entire year on Monday night. Should they win, they will be just the sixth (of 42) teams to win three consecutive regular season road games since 2000.
11/29/12: The Texans machine keeps on rolling. Houston is tied for the best record in the NFL at 10-1, with the lone loss to Green Bay earlier in the season. The nearest divisional threat is Indy at 7-4, but this division race is over for all intents and purposes. Andre Johnson is playing at his highest level in years, Arian Foster is still Arian Foster, and JJ Watt (or JJ Swat, as he is becoming known) may be the best defensive player in the NFL. Houston travels to Tennessee this Sunday to play a team that just lost to the Jags.
11/22/12: Houston's defense was excellent for the first 10 games, but has allowed over 30 points twice in five days. Houston won both games, over the Jags and Lions, respectively, but is not displaying the dominance they showed earlier in the year. The Texans should have lost to the Lions on Thanksgiving. Justin Forsett scored a touchdown, but replays showed he was down. Lions coach Jim Schwartz challenged. However, all scoring plays are already reviewed. The challenge negated the review and the TD stood (though it would have likely been overturned). The Texans won in overtime, but this is a game they did not deserve.
11/15/12: Houston and Chicago met on Sunday night for the Game of the Century of the Week. These two top teams are both led by excellent defenses, with many experts predicting the Bears to win because of home field advantage. But the Texans ignored the predictions and forced Chicago out of their comfort zone, resulting in an ugly 13-6 victory. The Texans knockout Bears' starting quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game with a concussion, and Cutler is not likely to play next Monday against the 49ers. Houston will host woeful Jacksonville on Sunday, and probably improve to 10-1.
11/8/12: The Houston Texans are simply taking care of business these days. The Texans hosted the Buffalo Bills last Sunday and came out with a 21-9 win. While Houston gave a strong defensive performance all day, it was not nearly as dominating as some of their previous games. Still, the Texans are in the driver's seat for the AFC South as no one has given them a challenge in the division, and a bye in the playoffs. But the road will get considerably tougher. Houston travels to Chicago and the number one defense tonight, and then must face New England in the following week.
11/1/12: Houston had a bye in week 8, giving them some time to heal up and prepare for a week 9 tilt at home against Buffalo. It will be former first overall pick Mario Williams first return to Houston, but the Texans don't seem to miss him at all. Houston's defense has been superb all season, with the exception of the blowout loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. But overall, the season is going as planned. Houston is 6-1 and in total control of the AFC South. At this point, the Texans have to stay the course, but should be planning on a return trip to the postseason.
10/18/12: The Texans suffered their first loss of the season, a crushing 42-24 loss at home to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL's Sunday Night Game. At 5-1, they are still in complete control of the AFC South, with no other team having more than two wins. However, the loss showed where the Texans are vulnerable, giving up six touchdown passes to Aaron Rodgers. But Houston has no time to lick their wounds, they host the Ray Lewis-less Ravens on Sunday - a good opportunity to rebound and prove they are the class of the AFC.
10/1/12 ? The Houston Texans blew out the Tennessee Titans 38-14 to improve to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. The Texans were clicking on both side of the ball. Matt Schaub completed 20 of 28 passes with two touchdowns and Arian Foster ran for 86 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson each returned an interception for a touchdown. Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker left in the first quarter with an injured shoulder. Matt Hasselbeck would come on in relief to throw for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Johnson rushed for 141 yards for the Titans. The Texans only had a seven point lead at half-time but broke the game open in the third quarter with Manning?s interception.
10/4/12: The preseason buzz was about how strong the Texans were going to be this season, which usually means that they are doomed to fail. But this Houston team, and especially the defense, is every bit as good as advertised. Quarterback Matt Schaub has been effeicient. The recieving corps is holding up, and Arian Foster, is, well, Arian Foster. At 4-0, the Texans already have a three game lead on the division. The next stop on the Playoff Express is a Monday trip to the Big Apple, to beat down the already depressed Jets (and their fans).
9/22/12 ? Matt Schaub threw four touchdown passes and held off a furious rally by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a 31-25 victory. Schaub threw completed 17 of 30 passes for 290 yards with his four touchdowns. He found his wide receivers Kevin Walter (3 receptions 73 yards) and Andre Johnson (2 receptions 72 yards) early and often, connecting with them for a touchdown each. Adrian Foster finished with 105 yards rushing and a touchdown reception. Manning threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but fell short as time expired at the end of the game. Houston becomes one of three teams in the NFL still undefeated.
8/16/12: There is no truth to the rumor that the Lions have erected a sign displaying "X Number of Days Since Our Last Arrest", though no one would blame them if they did. But Commandant Goddell has yet to enact any punishment on any guest of law enforcement (except Mikel Leshoure) or the team itself - and that day will come eventually. Until then, the Lions look like a playoff team. Matt Stafford lived up to No. 1 billing last year. Calvin Johnson is the game's best receiver. And Cliff Avril is in camp. Green Bay will get more attention, but the Lions should not be overlooked this season.
8/2/12: How tough is J.J. Watts? The emerging defensive star dislocated his elbow in a training camp practice, so the trainer simply popped it back in place. Watts will miss some practice time, but right now is not expected to miss the opening of the season. Tim Jamison took his place with the first team defense because Jared Crick had a minor neck injury. Watts exploded on the scene last year with 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a rookie. He excelled in Wade Phillips aggressive scheme and was a big reason the defense made huge strides toward being elite last year. The Texans are poised for big season if they can only stay healthy.
7/26/12: The Texans are still the odds-on favorites to repeat as AFC South champions in the coming season. With QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson, and RB Arian Foster returning fully healthy, the team has one of the best offensive cores in the league. The real question is who else can catch the ball. Kevin Walter is a nice complementary guy, but he's not Wes Welker. After that, the team is loaded with rookies and players without any experience. DeVier Posey was drafted to fill the spot, but has yet to prove himself - though he will get plenty of opportunity because the Texans expect him to be around for a long time.
5/23/12: The Texans want to take the next step - beyond winning the division and winning a playoff game - winning the Super Bowl. While it is great to be in the conversation, the Texans realize that no one is crowned king in May. However, the NFL schedule makers did their part to put the team on the map. Houston will have five nationally televised games. They will host Green Bay, and go on the road against the Bears, Jets, Patriots, and Lions. While not quite 'The Greatest Show on Turf', the team has plenty of offensive playmakers and should provide some exciting games.
5/16/12: The Houston Texans rewarded General Manager Rick Smith and Head Coach Gary Kubiak with contract extensions for developing the Texans from lower-tier to division winner. Both were hired in 2006 and had another year on their contracts, but owner Bob McNair felt they had the team in the right direction and in position to compete in the postseason for several years. McNair was pleasantly rewarded for his patience, as fans and media clammored for Smith's and Kubiak's firing a few years ago. But the team steadily improved (and Peyton Manning missed last season), and finally won their division and a playoff game last season.
5/11/12: The wide receiver competition will likely heat up in Houston this offseason with the return of Andre Johnson and Keven Walters, as well as seven other inexperienced receivers. Johnson and Walters are both 31, and the team opted to release Jacoby Jones (who signed with the Panthers) and get younger at the position. Jones famously fumbled a return in the playoff loss to Baltimore, and was essentially run out of town. The Texans drafted DeVier Posey and Keyshawn Martin in the third and fourth rounds last month, have two returning undrafted free agents, and signed three more undrafted free agents for depth.
5/3/12: The Houston Texans took defensive end Whitney Mercilus from Illinois with the 26th overall pick in an attempt to fill the void created when former number one overall pick Mario Williams took his considerable talents to Buffalo. Mercilus is known as a pure pass-rusher with good instincts and a quick burst. The Texans also drafted two wide receivers, Devier Posey from Ohio State in the third round and Keshawn Martin from Michigan State in the fifth round. Drafting two Big Ten wideouts made Jacoby Jones expendible, and the Texans cut the sixth year wideout after failing to trade him.
4/25/12: The Texans do not have many glaring weaknesses entering the draft. They do need to replace Mario Williams, however.They have a solid, if unspectacular, quarterback in Matt Schaub. The leagues 2nd best rushing attack with (NFL leader) Arian Foster and Ben Tate. A true number 1 wide receiver in Andre Johnson (when healthy), and the number 4 rushing defense. They won the AFC South last year and look to build a divisional dynasty like the rival Colts did for a decade. Houston selected Whitney Mercilus from Illinois with the 26th pick. Mercilus is a pass-rushing specialist who may help fill the void from Williams departure.
4/17/12: Houston was essentially given the AFC South championship last year once Peyton Manning was out for the season. With Manning in Denver, and the rest of the division rebuilding, the Texans are favored to repeat. The team plays home-and-home against the division, as well as the NFC North and AFC East, and Baltimore and Denver. NFL schedule makers took note of the recent success, granting five nationally televised games: The Texans have two Monday Night games at the Jets and Patriots, Sunday Night games at home against Baltimore and Jacksonville, as well as a Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit.
Houston Texans Tickets - Team History
Established in 2002, the Houston Texansbring excitement every Sunday they take the field at Reliant Stadium. Playing in a state-of-the-art arena certainly helps, but the Texans boast superstars on both sides of the ball and have managed to recover quickly from their unsuccessful investment in would-be franchise quarterback David Carr.
Houston Texans Tickets - 2011 Season Info
Though a 4-2 start eventually gave way to a 6-10 final record, there is plenty of hope for 2011 for the Texans. Offensively, their Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster combination ranks among the best quarterback, wide receiver, running back trios in the NFL. Foster, who came out of nowhere to lead the league in rushing in 2010, will force defenses to play closer to the line of scrimmage from Week 1, opening up the field for Schaub and Johnson. Defensively, their first round selection of Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt fortifies a front seven that includes Pro Bowlers Mario Williams and Brian Cushing.
Houston Texans Tickets - 2011 Schedule
The Texans will be tested from Week 1, with only a Week 2 visit to Miami separating matchups against the Colts, Saints, and Steelers right out of the gate. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees will challenge the Texans' secondary, a unit that struggles with takeaways and can be looked at as a weakness for the young team. Adding Watt to the pass rush should alleviate some of the pressure on the secondary, yet Bernard Pollard and company still need to step up to push the Texans from just an offensive juggernaut to a bona fide playoff contender in 2011.
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Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson have proven to be one of the most dominant QB/WR tandem in the league. With the addition of Arian Foster, Derrick Ward and Steve Slaton in the back field the Texans have one of the more explosive offenses in the league. Mario Williams put his name at the list of the top DE in the league. The defense for the Texans isn't stellar but it is definitely good enough to allow them to possibly eclipse the Colts in the division and make the play offs. It'll be an interesting season as this young organization gets better and better each year.
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