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    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Verizon Pearland Store, 10904 Memorial Hermann Dr., Suite 113, Pearland, TX 77584.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 23, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT 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
  • Fri., Sep. 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, September 26

    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, TBD

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 30, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Player Show

    Meet Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus at the Verizon 290 Store, 13818 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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  • Tue., Sep. 30, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT 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
  • Fri., Oct. 03, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Friday, October 3

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 10705 Spring Green Blvd 900, Katy, TX 77494

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet a TBD Texans Ambassador at the Verizon Clear Lake Store, 19222 Gulf Freeway, Suite A,
    Friendswood, TX 77546.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT 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
  • Thu., Oct. 09, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Thursday, October 9

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 14129 Memorial, Houston, TX 77079

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans kicker Randy Bullock and deep snapper Jon Weeks at the Verizon Sugar Land Store, 2109 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478.

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Time to turn it up a notch…or a mile!

Posted by voiceofthetexans on September 20, 2012 – 8:48 am

by Marc Vandermeer

My buddy Josh Innes from Sports Radio 610 asked me if these first two Texans games reminded me of my days with
Miami when they would blow out the likes of Florida A&M or Temple. It’s never that way in the NFL. Every game is a potential loss. But it shows you how far we’ve come that these questions even come up.

I’ll give you one Miami comparison: depth. The fact that you give defenses a ‘break’ when you take Arian Foster out and put in Ben Tate is just another example of how strong the Texans are.

Miami used to rest Clinton Portis with Willis McGahee (who we will see this Sunday).  And when the bench emptied with the blowout on, they would put in a freshman named Frank Gore. I am lucky enough to have a championship ring from that ’01 squad that saw 13 players eventually drafted in the first round. Unbelievable.

No, I am not saying this Texans team is the NFL equivalent of that. I don’t think it’s possible. But there is a lot of depth here. Earl Mitchell is playing nose just about every other series. Whitney Mercilus led the NCAA in sacks last year and has to push to get playing time. Tim Jamison could start for a lot of teams but is a reserve here at defensive end. But the best example is Tate, who is a punishing runner and part of the best running back stable in the league.

The stakes go up now. Denver will be angry and ready. The Broncos will stack up against the run and hope their talented DBs can deal with Andre Johnson and company. And is anyone really convinced that Peyton Manning will play as badly as he did early against Atlanta?

The Bulls on Parade have to be ready to deal with those quick Manning drops. J.J. Watt may have another batted ball or two but will it be enough? Will Manning’s ability to call run or pass be effective against the Texans front seven? And if Houston needs to bring Danieal Manning up to help on McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, don’t think Peyton won’t be ready to unload.

It’ll be a great chess game and a physical showdown. And, by far, the toughest game of the 2012 season to date.


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