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  • Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 12:00 PM CST Bengals at Texans The Texans host the Bengals at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans fullback Jay Prosch and running back Jonathan Grimes at the Verizon Pasadena Store, 5575 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, TX 77505.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

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  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 12:00 PM CST Titans at Texans The Texans host the Titans at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Derek Newton and Ben Jones at the Verizon Northline Store, 4400F North Freeway, Houston, TX 77022.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 11077 Northwest Freeway (Hwy 290 @ 34th St.), Houston, TX 77092.

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  • Fri., Dec. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 5
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 1665 W. FM 646 Rd., League City, TX 77573
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  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 12:00 PM CST Texans at Jaguars The Texans travel to Jacksonville to face off against the Jaguars.
  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson at the Verizon BLVD Place Store, 1700 Post Oak Blvd.,
    Houston, TX 77056.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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VanderBlog: New Schedule – The Perils of Prediction

Posted by voiceofthetexans on April 21, 2013 – 6:14 am

by Marc Vandermeer @TexansVoice

This year’s schedule looks tough and probably will be. But the truth is, you never know how a schedule will play out. Below are some examples of match-ups and situations that didn’t go down as advertised. Circle a win or loss on your schedule with great care. ‘Easy’ opponents often turn out to wolves in sheeps’ clothing. Sometimes tough games can be a lot smoother than you thought.
2012 Finish
When last year’s schedule was released, didn’t we all look at the final three games (2 vs. Indy and one against Minnesota) and think we could pencil in all three as wins, or at least two? Who knew that the Colts and Vikings would be playoff teams and Houston would go 1-2 against them, wiping out home field advantage in the playoffs.

2010 Season
You would have gladly taken a split against Indy (with Manning) and Washington to start the season. Instead, The Texans went 2-0. No one on the planet could have predicted a 2-10 finish low lighted by the hail-Mary loss to the Jags, and last minute defeats to San Diego, Baltimore, the Jets and the Tebow-led Broncos.

2009 Opener vs. the New York Jets
New coach, rookie quarterback. A Texans win was a virtual lock. Not really. The Jets dominated the game, holding Houston’s offense without a touchdown as Mark Sanchez looked amazing. My, how times have changed.

2004 Opener vs. San Diego
The Chargers were coming off a 4-12 season, they drafted Phillip Rivers and Drew Brees was supposed to play a Steve DeBerg type of role to usher in the new quarterback. Well, Brees performed brilliantly, reinventing himself, and the Chargers won, launching a 12-4 campaign.

2004 Finale vs. Cleveland
The Texans won back-to-back games on the road against the Bears and Jacksonville. Surely they would beat a weak Cleveland team to finish 8-8 for the first time. Nope. The Browns won and the Texans went 7-9. The loss should have been a wake up call but the Texans had an unproductive off season and stumbled through a 2-14 season the next year.

2002 Season
A four win season was not out of the question but it’s who the Texans beat that was a surprise. The opening night win over the Cowboys was a shocker. The win at Jacksonville surprised many. The fact that the Texans beat two playoff teams (Pittsburgh, New York Giants) was unthinkable.

We’ll highlight some of these on Texans All Access (Tuesdays, 12-2pm, Sports Radio 610) Tell me what I left out.

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VanderBlog: Texans Looking for ‘Super’ Combine

Posted by voiceofthetexans on February 23, 2013 – 12:23 pm

by Marc Vandermeer

WVU Speedy WR Tavon Austin

WVU Speedy WR Tavon Austin

The Texans organization is at the scouting combine with an eye toward taking their next big step: win the Super Bowl.

To get there, they not only have to replace some of the players they might lose in the upcoming free agency period, they have to get better.

Rick Smith told me that even though the team gets to meet with 60 players, the position coaches make sure they talk to all 300+ players here.

The buzz among the pundits is that the Texans will take a wide receiver in the first round. Of course, that was the buzz last year and the Texans grabbed Whitney Mercilus then took receivers in the third and fourth round.

Gary Kubiak took questions about everything from special teams to Matt Schaub. He said his QB has more freedom to change plays than people think. That was in reponse to a question about the level of autonomy Schaub has at the line. He also said he’s always looking for quarterback talent and praised Case Keenum (and T.J. Yates). But Kubiak was clear the Texans need more production from wide receivers not wearing number 80.

The team’s linebacker needs also came into question. With Connor Barwin set to be an unrestricted free agent, Houston may need help at OLB. But with Daryl Sharpton hurt and Bradie James and Tim Dobbins hitting free agency, inside backer is a concern. Brooks Reed may have the ability to play inside but that hardly solves all the challenges. Kubiak also pointed out how injuries at inside linebacker hurt the consistency in the special teams line-ups and contributed to a lack of production in kickoff coverage and returns.

Rick Smith was asked about the team’s mental toughness and said that the two years of playoff experience will serve the team well moving forward. He also said that having been through the adversity of not playing as well as needed down the stretch could help in the future.

But the biggest immediate challenge is keeping as much of the group together as possible. With Glover Quin, Barwin, James Casey and Brice McCain possibly hitting the open market, there is much work to be done.

The receiver issue is real. Both Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter are ‘on the wrong side of 30.’ And Devier Posey’s health is a huge question mark going into next season. Keshawn Martin will need to step up.

Receivers coach Larry Kirksey acknowledged on Texans All Access that Martin may have hit a bit of a rookie wall. Martin had to learn all three WR postions and two return spots, so it’s understandable. The second year will be interesting. The same goes for Lestar Jean, who just got through with his first season of action. An incoming rookie would hardly be a sure thing to satisfy what the Texans want out of the position. So it’s crucial that their young players take the next step.

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VanderBlog: It Ends…..for now

Posted by voiceofthetexans on January 14, 2013 – 10:09 am

There is a lot to analyze and debate as a once promising season ended with a crushing defeat with the Texans falling to the Patriots 41-28 in Foxborough. The Texans beat the rest of the playoff field in the AFC with wins over Baltimore, Denver, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. But not the Patriots. And New England took it to them, scoring over 40 points in both match ups.

In the end, we’ll never know what difference clinching home field in the AFC would have made. But it certainly would have been better than playing Tom Brady in his back yard. Brady threw seven touchdown passes in two games against Houston. At Reliant, he probably would not be quite as prolific.

The Texans never really recovered from their late season funk, which saw them lose three out of four games and their grip on the number one seed. Red Zone issues plagued them and they struggled on third down on both sides of the ball. A healthy self-scout should reveal plenty of off season work for this organization.

The loss is especially tough to swallow because the Texans made it their goal to play at home in the playoffs and they failed to do that despite multiple chances. To their credit, they created the opportunity by blasting out of the gate 11-1. But they finished with a 2-4 run that cost them their best shot at getting to the Super Bowl.

There was so much to cheer about. Watt led the league in sacks. Arian Foster was terrific again. Andre Johnson looked as good as ever. Matt Schaub stayed healthy and put up a third 4,000 yard season. The team won their first road prime time game with a Monday Night victory over the Jets. They steamrolled the Ravens by 30, beat Manning on the road and prevailed in a showdown on a sloppy field in Chicago that showed their grit. They stung Jacksonville in overtime with Schaub throwing for 527 yards, tied for second best in NFL history. That win was followed by an epic overtime Thanksgiving day victory in Detroit. They eventually stonewalled the Bengals for their second-ever playoff win.

If the joy is in the journey, then it’s been a fun ride. Unfortunately, the finish will still lead the epitaph. A team that looked almost invincible became way too vulnerable at the worst time of the year. When the Texans were rolling early, Gary Kubiak was asked about the hot start. He said “you want to be real good at the end.”  They weren’t good enough.

In 2011, it was all about getting to the post season. In 2012, it was about getting home field advantage and getting to the Super Bowl. The focus has changed. The expectations are higher. In previous years you heard debates about what the team needed to do to make the playoffs. Now, they’re about what’s needed to get to the Super Bowl.

The Texans should not hang their heads. They lost five games, all to playoff teams, and have become a franchise with high expectations through back-to-back years of winning at least one playoff game. They have come a long way from a team that had difficulty putting together winning seasons.

But no one at Reliant Stadium is happy about losing earlier than hoped or expected. There’s plenty of room for improvement. The 2013 season starts now.

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VanderBlog: Playoffs Start Now

Posted by voiceofthetexans on December 27, 2012 – 9:25 am

Matt Schaub at Reliant Stadium

by Marc Vandermeer 

You have to look at Sunday as a double-elimination playoff game. If you lose, you go to the loser’s bracket and play next week. If you win, you get a bye and move on.

All week I’ve been calling this game a virtual must-win. Losing is not the end of the season but it removes the road to the Super Bowl from Houston and, in all likelihood, puts it in Denver or New England.

People are talking about momentum. But that can be recaptured in a day (note: I wrote ‘can.’ It’s not automatic). The Saints lost three straight before their 2009 Super Bowl run. The Texans themselves lost three straight last year and looked sharp in beating the Bengals last season.

The more important thing is getting home field advantage. Sure, it didn’t pay off against Green Bay and Minnesota this season. But if the Texans are at home and get a lead, they will be tough to beat.

It’s all still out there for them. They bogeyed a couple of holes on the back nine but can still rally on 18. Home field is still up to them. And believe me, the folks in New England and Denver would love to be in this situation.

The Colts say they are playing their starters. Fine. Chuck Pagano’s return will be an emotional one for everyone supporting Colts blue. Fine. The Texans have never won in Indy. Fine.

Just like never having won 12 games or never having beaten the Ravens or never having eight Pro Bowlers, they’ll just have to find a way to achieve another first. As for Indy’s emotional edge, get a lead and get JJ Watt after Andrew Luck and that could diminish fast.

There’s a lot of talk about Matt Schaub this week and if he’s the kind of QB that can get his offense out of the muck and humming in the playoffs. He’s not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning but did you really need this season to tell you that?

He’s capable of leading this team where it wants to go but media talk is cheap and now is the time to deliver. Schaub needs the big boys up front to do their thing and get Arian Foster and the ground game going. If that happens, all boats rise with the tide. A few weeks ago he threw five TD passes in an overtime win. Against Denver, the media darlings, he threw four touchdown passes. He’s still that guy has has to play like it.

For a while it looked like the Texans almost couldn’t lose. Now we know their vulnerabilities. We also know their potential. It’s up to the coaches and players to put together a win over the Colts and take it from there. The playoffs start now.

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VanderBlog: Monday Night Meltdown

Posted by voiceofthetexans on December 10, 2012 – 11:49 pm

All week long we said on Texans Radio how Matt Schaub and his receivers had to be sharp on 3rd down and that the Texans must be plus one or better in turnover margin. Neither happened as the Texans were taken apart by the Patriots 42-14.

You knew it was going to be tough but early missed opportunies, strange calls and a turnover set the tone for one of the roughest nights the Texans have ever been through.

It’s strange how the Texans are 11-2, with the best record in the conference yet have two lopsided losses on national TV in which they allowed 42 points a piece.

Tom Brady was frighteningly good, throwing three touchdown passes on his first three possessions. Then the defense settled down and stopped him in his own end on four straight drives. But the offense couldn’t get it going.

The second drive of the game, Schaub threw a pick from the Patriot 21 yard line. It wasn’t until past the halfway point of the third quarter that they got their only meaningful touchdown on an 88 yard drive.

There’s no time to wallow. The Colts are knocking on the door with an eye on stealing the division. Sunday’s game is crucial.

The Texans had a chance to make a big national statement and failed. What matters now is not making a statement, but capturing a second straight divison title and working toward home field advantage in the playoffs. Maybe the biggest statement has yet to be made. First things first: Sunday.

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VanderBlog: My Career with Andre

Posted by voiceofthetexans on November 18, 2012 – 8:56 pm

Thirteen years ago I attended my first scrimmage at the University of Miami. I was just hired as their new play by play man and had to study them quickly as the season would open in a couple of weeks. I noticed a wide receiver wearing number 5 torching everyone in his path.

After being told he would be the next Michael Irvin for the Hurricanes, I was told in the same breath that he would be red shirting. What? Andre Johnson would sit the 1999 season with future NFL players Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Daryl Jones and Andre King playing in front of him.

Two and a half years later, I’m in the Rose Bowl radio booth describing Andre Johnson catching passes for 199 yards in an MVP performance in the National Championship game against Nebraska. Sunday, I called his best pro game, 14 catches for 274 yards, featuring a 48 yard game winning touchdown catch and run in overtime.

Other than his final college season, I’ve had the good fortune to call every game in Johnson’s career. And he’s seldom looked better than he did against the Jaguars on Sunday. Like all the great ones, he makes it look easy. Seemingly effortless receptions for long gains, tough box-out type catches for first downs. Andre Johnson can do it all.

We can debate all day about whether he’ll get in to the Hall of Fame. But we can all agree he’s the greatest player in Texans history and has plenty of football left.

We’ve all heard the rumblings about the Texans passing game not putting up the big numbers. What many fail to realize (until today) is that they haven’t put up huge numbers because they haven’t had to. In only two games this year, they’ve had second half deficits that required a major game plan adjustment.

Against Green Bay, they failed. Against Jacksonville, they triumphed. We’ve seen Matt Schaub throw for big numbers before and rally his team. But Sunday, we saw a legendary performance that we will never forget. His 527 yards is good for a tie for 2nd in NFL history with Warren Moon behind Norm Van Brocklin’s 554. The five touchdown passes is a team record.

A week after playing a defensive slugfest (and masterpiece) at Chicago, the Texans lit up the scoreboard in record fashion. On a day their defense wasn’t firing, the offense cranked. This team can win a lot of different ways. Enjoy the ride.

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Postgame notes: Texans 43, Jaguars 37

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 6:44 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations department, notes from Week 11 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 43-37 in overtime:

•         Improved Houston’s record to 9-1 on the season, assuring a second consecutive winning season. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Texans have posted winning records in back-to-back years.
•         Improved Houston’s record in overtime to 2-7 all-time and 1-5 at Reliant Stadium.
•         Extended Houston’s winning streak against Jacksonville to five games, which is the longest win streak for either team in series history.
•         Improved Houston’s record against Jacksonville to 13-9 overall and 8-3 at Reliant Stadium.
•         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 56-50 overall, 34-20 at home and 2-3 in overtime.
•         Improved QB Matt Schaub’s record as the Texans starting quarterback to 41-33 overall and 25-12 at Reliant Stadium.
•         Set a franchise record for total offense with 640 yards, bettering the previous high of 549 at Green Bay on 12/7/08. The 640 yards of total offense ranked seventh in NFL history and were the most since 11/10/02 when Pittsburgh gained 645 yards vs. Arizona.
•         Tied the franchise scoring record with 43 points. It matched the mark set against Baltimore in Week 7 this season (10/21).
•         The 80 combined points scored were the most in team history, topping the previous high of 74 combined points on 10/21/07 when Tennessee defeated Houston 38-36 at Reliant Stadium.
•         Overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win the game. It tied for the third-largest deficit overcome in a victory in franchise history. Houston last rallied from 14 down to win on 1/3/10 vs. New England. The team record is an 18-point comeback victory vs. Tennessee on 11/28/04.
•         Had more than 30:00 time of possession for the 10th time this season and the 11th consecutive regular-season game. Houston finished the game with 41:40 in time of possession, which is the second-highest possession total in team history behind the Week 2 win at Jacksonville in which they held the ball for 43:17 in regulation.
•         Outgained Jacksonville on the ground, 136-86. The Texans improved to 8-0 this season and 45-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.
•         Ran the ball 35 times in the game and improved to 41-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.
•         Scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third time this season. The last time Houston scored on its opening possession was in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).
•         Scored first for the sixth time this season and for the second consecutive game when QB Matt Schaub hit WR Keshawn Martin for a 9-yard score on the first possession of the game.
•         Were tied at the end of the first quarter for the second time this season. Houston was also tied after the opening period in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).
•         Were tied at halftime for the first time this season.
•         Trailed after three quarters for the second time this season. The only previous game in which Houston trailed going into the final period was in Week 6 vs. Green Bay (10/14).
•         Allowed a touchdown for the first time in nearly two and a half games when Jacksonville QB Chad Henne hit TE Marcedes Lewis for a 13-yard score with 2:56 left in the first quarter. That broke a streak of 157:40 of game time without allowing a touchdown. The last touchdown the Texans gave up came with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s Week 7 game vs. Baltimore (10/21).
•         Started the game by forcing a fumble for the second consecutive game. It was Houston’s 19th takeaway on the season.
•         This was the first game in NFL history in which two players each had more than 200 receiving yards. Houston WR Andre Johnson finished with 273 yards on 14 catches and Jacksonville WR Justin Blackmon had 236 yards on seven receptions.
•         Gained the seventh-most yards in a single game in NFL history with 640. It was the most in the League since 11/10/02 when Pittsburgh gained 645 yards vs. Arizona.
•         Tied for the second-most passing yards in a game in NFL history with 527. He joined Houston Oilers QB Warren Moon, who threw for 527 vs. Kansas City on 12/16/90. Norm Van Brocklin holds the NFL single-game passing record with 554 yards on 9/28/51 vs. the New York Yanks.
•         Tied for the second-most completions in a game in NFL history with 43. The last player to do so was Oakland QB Rich Gannon on 9/15/02 at Pittsburgh. New England QB Drew Bledsoe has the NFL record with 45 completions vs. Minnesota on 11/13/94, also in an overtime game.
•         Had the ninth-most receiving yards in a game in modern NFL history and the most since 2000 with 273. Flipper Anderson holds the NFL record with 336 yards on 11/26/89 vs. the New Orleans Saints. The last receiver with more yards in a game was Jacksonville WR Jimmy Smith, who had 291 vs. Baltimore on 9/10/2000.
•         Recorded his 15th career game with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards, tying Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and New England WR Wes Welker for the most such games in NFL history.
•         Caught his career-high second touchdown pass of the season and the third of his career when he hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter.
•         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 77 with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.
•         Recovered a fumble for the second consecutive game when he scooped up a loose ball after SS Danieal Manning jarred the ball out of Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert’s hand. It was Dobbins’ second recovery of the season and the fifth of his career.
•         Posted his longest run since the 2010 season when he ripped off a 30-yard gain in the first quarter. He had a 31-yard run vs. Carolina on 12/5/10.
•         Reached 1,500 career rushing yards with a 1-yard gain in overtime, his seventh carry of the game. He entered the game with 1,441 career yards.
•         Topped 4,000 career rushing yards on his eighth carry of the game. He entered the game with 3,969 career rushing yards. Foster reached the milestone on his eighth carry of the game, a gain of three yards in the second quarter.
•         Hauled in a career-long 30-yard pass in the third quarter. His previous long was a gain of 27 yards earlier this year in Week 3 at Denver (9/27).
•         Set career highs in receptions, with eight; receiving yards, with 82; and touchdowns, with two. His previous highs were three catches, which he had done twice, 39 yards earlier this year at Denver (9/23) and one touchdown vs. Buffalo (11.4).
•         Caught his second career touchdown when he scored on a 1-yard toss from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter. Graham has scored touchdowns in each of the last two home games.
•         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers. He finished with one catch for 11 yards.
•         Finished with 273 receiving yards on 14 catches, both career highs and franchise records, and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a 48-yard catch and run. His 273 receiving yards were the seventh-most in modern NFL history.
•         Scored his third touchdown of the season and the 55th of his career when he took a quick screen pass and raced 48 yards to the end zone for the game-winning score in overtime.
•         Recorded his 15th career game with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards, tying Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and New England WR Wes Welker for the most such games in NFL history.
•         Surpassed 200 receiving yards for the second time in his career and topped 100 receiving yards for the 41st time in his career and the third time this season. He topped the century mark on his fifth catch of the game, a 23-yard gain in the second quarter.
•         Topped 100 receiving yards in the first half for the seventh time in his career, going into intermission with 132 yards on seven catches. It was the first time he topped 100 yards before halftime since 9/25/11 at New Orleans, when he had 140 yards on five receptions.
•         Passed Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he hauled in a 22-yard pass on the second play of the game. Johnson entered the game needing 14 yards to pass Alworth’s career total of 10,266.
•         Passed Harold Jackson (10,372) for 32nd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he caught a 13-yard pass late in the second quarter. He entered the game needing 120 yards to pass Jackson’s total.
•         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 92 with a 7-yard catch on the first play of the game.
•         Recorded a 55-yard punt in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games with a punt of 55 yards or longer to five. He has had a punt of at least 55 yards in nine out of Houston’s 10 games this season.
•         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive week when he sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball loose on Jacksonville’s opening drive. It was Manning’s eighth career forced fumble.
•         Registered his first sack of the season, first as a Texan and the third of his career when he hit Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball out of his hand on the first defensive series of the game.
•         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap the opening drive of the game.
•         Finished with 238 total return yards (76 punt returns, 162 kickoff returns), the third-most in franchise history and the most since Jerome Mathis had a team-record 266 vs. Kansas City on 11/20/05.
•         Returned a second-quarter kickoff 54 yards. It was his longest kickoff return of the season and was the longest of the season for the Texans.
•         Returned a fourth-quarter punt 71 yards, a career-long and the longest of the season for the Texans. It was the fifth-longest punt return in franchise history and the longest since Jacoby Jones had a 79-yard return for touchdown on 9/11/11 vs. Indianapolis. It was the second-longest punt return by a rookie in team history behind a 74-yard return by Jacoby Jones vs. Indianapolis on 9/23/07.
•         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.
•         Made his Texans debut. He took the field for the first time to open Houston’s third defensive series of the game.
•         Led the ninth game-winning drive of his career when he led the Texans 53 yards in two plays, culminating in a 48-yard touchdown pass to WR Andre Johnson.
•         Led the fourth game-tying drive of his career when he drove the Texans 90 yards in eight plays for a touchdown to tie the game at 34-34.
•         Threw for a franchise-record 527 yards on 43-of-55 passing. He topped his own record of 497 yards set in 2010 at Washington (9/19/10), also in overtime.
•         Set a franchise record with five touchdown passes in the game. He previously had thrown four touchdowns in a game three times, most recently in Week 3 this season at Denver (9/23).
•         Set the franchise record with 43 completions in the game, bettering the previous record of 39 by David Carr on 11/26/06 at the New York Jets. His 55 pass attempts were the second-most in team history behind the 62 passes he threw on 12/13/10 vs. Baltimore, also in overtime.
•         Topped 20,000 career passing yards when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game. Schaub entered the game needing 51 yards to reach the milestone.
•         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE James Casey for a 1-yard score in the second quarter. It was Schaub’s fifth multi-touchdown game of the season and gave him 15 touchdown passes on the year.
•         Threw his third touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Garrett Graham for a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter. It was his second game this season and the 11th of his career with three or more touchdown passes. He threw four touchdowns in Week 3 at Denver (9/23).
•         Made his season debut when he took the field on Houston’s first kickoff of the game. Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform while recovering from a torn quadriceps suffered last season.
•         Sacked Jacksonville QB Chad Henne for a 6-yard loss in the fourth quarter, increasing his sack total to 11.5 on the year, tying OLB Connor Barwin’s 2011 total for the third-most in a season in team history.
•         Deflected a pass in overtime, raising his season total to 11. He became the seventh player in NFL history to record at least 11.0 sacks and 11 passes defensed in the same season.
•         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, RB Ben Tate and G Cody White.
•         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.
•         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

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Texans-Jets Week 5 Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 5, 2012 – 4:38 pm

Here’s the Friday injury report for the Texans and New York Jets, who play in Week 5 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Monday Night Football (bold indicates change in player’s participation status from previous day):



Did Not Participate in Practice
S Quintin Demps (Thumb/Forearm), WR Lestar Jean (Knee), LG Wade Smith (Knee), RB Ben Tate (Toe)

Limited Participation in Practice
G Antoine Caldwell (Ankle/Knee), NT Shaun Cody (Back), TE Owen Daniels (Thigh), WR Andre Johnson (Groin), S Shiloh Keo (Neck), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
ILB Mister Alexander (Hip), OLB Bryan Braman (Hamstring/Neck), ILB Tim Dobbins (Hamstring), RB Arian Foster (Hamstring), ILB Bradie James (Thigh), C Chris Myers (Back), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot)


DB Darrelle Revis (Knee)

Did Not Participate in Practice
RB John Conner (Hamstring), WR Stephen Hill (Hamstring), TE Dustin Keller (Hamstring), DB LaRon Landry (Heel), RB Joe McKnight (Illness), DL Sione Pouha (Low Back)

Limited Participation in Practice
DB Aaron Berry (Ribs), LB Bart Scott (Toe), DB Eric Smith (Hip/Knee), LB Bryan Thomas (Hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice
DB Yeremiah Bell (Shoulder), LB Nick Bellore (Shoulder), DB Josh Bush (Shoulder), DB Antonio Cromartie (Shoulder), TE Jeff Cumberland (Ribs), DL Mike Devito (Neck), OL Austin Howard (Back), WR Jeremy Kerley (Finger), OL Nick Mangold (Wrist), OL Brandon Moore (Hip), LB Calvin Pace (Achilles), QB Mark Sanchez (Low Back), OL Matt Slauson (Knee)

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He’s here! @merci380 and family are in pomp, headed to Reliant Stadium.

Posted by Instagram (HoustonTexans) on April 27, 2012 – 1:09 pm

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Fans at @HoustonTexans Draft Party react to selection of @merci380

Posted by Instagram (HoustonTexans) on April 26, 2012 – 9:09 pm

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