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9 Texans, 1 Pro Bowl: What they did in the game

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 28, 2013 – 4:37 pm

Matt SchaubThe 2013 Pro Bowl featured a team-record nine Texans players on Sunday. Here’s a look at what each Texans player did in the game:

QB Matt Schaub (2nd career Pro Bowl): 12-of-22 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions with a 46.2 rating. Sacked once. The 2009 Pro Bowl MVP, Schaub entered game for Peyton Manning at the 6:54 mark of the second quarter and was replaced by Andrew Luck at 3:52 in the third. Schaub’s touchdown pass was a four-yarder to Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs on third-and-goal in the third quarter. Schaub also had one carry for 11 yards, showing off some wheels as he picked up a first down.

RB Arian Foster (3rd Pro Bowl): Three carries, -2 yards. Foster started the game and didn’t see the field much, if at all, after the first quarter. The AFC trailed 31-14 at halftime and had just 15 rushing yards as a team, while the NFC had just 78 in a decidedly pass-happy game. Foster threw a few halfback passes during the week in practice, as he did during last year’s Pro Bowl practices, but didn’t get a chance to do so in Sunday’s game.

WR Andre Johnson (6th Pro Bowl): Three catches for 34 yards on five targets. Johnson started and played much of the first half. In the second half, he wore a red AFC hat as he stood on the sideline with folded arms and talked to former University of Miami teammate Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning, Schaub and others. He caught one pass from Schaub, a 16-yard gain on third-and-15 in the second quarter.

TE Owen Daniels (2nd career Pro Bowl): Four catches for 45 yards on seven targets. Daniels had a long gain of 17, which he caught from Luck in the fourth quarter. He caught two passes from Schaub, including a 13-yarder in the second quarter.

LT Duane Brown (1st Pro Bowl), LG Wade Smith (1st), C Chris Myers (2nd): Brown and Smith both started. Myers, in his second consecutive Pro Bowl, played as a reserve. Brown played mostly right tackle, with Cleveland’s Joe Thomas seeing a bulk of time at left tackle when Brown was on the field. Smith also played some right guard; he and Brown ironically never played beside each other in the entire game.

DE J.J. Watt (1st Pro Bowl): Five tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit. Watt started in his Pro Bowl debut and made plays in the backfield along with a couple of other highlights – and a stomach-churning moment. The presumptive NFL Defensive Player of the Year lined up at wide receiver on the AFC’s first drive and had a pass thrown his way by Manning in the end zone. The pass was incomplete, and it also left Watt with a bloody finger that he showed off to NBC cameras on the sideline. Watt continued to play in the game and afterward said he’s fine and just needed a few stitches.

CB Johnathan Joseph (2nd Pro Bowl): Four tackles, including three in the first half. Joseph, making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, started the game and was often on the field at the same time as Watt. He lined up against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson and even Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

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Texans Cheerleader Vanessa wrapping up week at Pro Bowl

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 26, 2013 – 10:00 am

Pro Bowl Texans Cheerleader Vanessa checks in from Hawaii…


I can’t believe the week is nearly over. I feel like I just landed! Friday was a great “relaxing” day. Most of the Pro Bowl Cheerleaders had the day off and took advantage of it- we hit the International Market for shopping and then the BEACH! We were stoked to finally enjoy the gorgeous weather, soak up the sun and put our feet in the Pacific Ocean.

After lunch with my mom and aunt, I had to get ready for “Eat The Street,” an event that gathered different food trucks and entertainment. The Pro Bowl Cheerleaders performed together for the first time. It was so much fun! After our performance we introduced ourselves to the crowd… There were plenty of Houston Texans fans in the audience! We signed tons of autographs and then headed back to the hotel.

Saturday is the famous Ohana Day where fans get the chance to see the Pro Bowl players practice and to see the cheerleaders perform. I’m anxious for the day ahead and so excited to see the Houston Texans fans in the stands. ❤

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Pro Bowl update from Texans Cheerleader Vanessa

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 24, 2013 – 10:11 pm

vmhtcPro Bowl Texans Cheerleader Vanessa checks in from Hawaii…

Good afternoon, Texans fans!

Today (Thursday), we had our first field rehearsal at Aloha Stadium. The rehearsal lasted about three hours, and it rained nearly the entire time. It was such a surreal and humble time for me. I’ve never cheered in any other stadium or arena, aside from our beloved Reliant Stadium, so it was a change of scenery to have an open stadium with orange seats. I am so proud and honored to be able to stand on the sidelines on Sunday wearing my Texans uniform and representing the great city of Houston.

After rehearsal, our line (AFC Two- we are the tall girls :)) headed over to the Schofield Barracks for NFL Play60. We taught a routine to a great group of young girls and signed lots of autographs. The girls were so excited to meet us, one even burst into tears! We felt like rock stars. :)

We are heading to a team dinner tonight, and I’m looking forward to getting to know my fellow Pro Bowl Cheerleaders even more!


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HoustonTexans.com hits Honolulu

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 24, 2013 – 2:23 am

HONOLULU – Aloha from Hawaii, site of the 2013 Pro Bowl. I’ll be here all week to cover the nine Texans players who were selected to play in the game, which kicks off Sunday at 6 p.m. CT at Aloha Stadium here  on the island of Oahu.

The Texans’ nine Pro Bowlers are not only a team record but the most of any team in the league this year. Defensive end J.J. Watt, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson and left tackle Duane Brown all are representing the Texans as starters for the AFC. Quarterback Matt Schaub, center Chris Myers, left guard Wade Smith and tight end Owen Daniels made the squad as reserves.

The AFC and NFC teams practice separately each day. Practices started on Wednesday at Kapolei High School and will continue Thursday morning at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Check back with us tomorrow afternoon for updates from practice and afterward as we talk to Texans players and their NFL all-star peers. “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer is out here with me and will be contributing to our coverage for the week.

We’ll also check in at some point with Texans Cheerleader Vanessa, who already has been blogging her experiences for us on HoustonTexans.com.

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