In Terms of Success – Texans Rank Dead Last in the NFL in New Article

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

Mike Freeman, Lead NFL National Reporter for Bleacher Report, has written a long piece which talks about each and every NFL franchise, and their success.

There’s a number of factors involved, including Super Bowl, Conference and division titles. The Texans didn’t get much love on the list, as according to Freeman, they are last in the NFL coming in at 32.

Here’s what Freeman has to say about the Texans:

“Success isn’t owned. It’s leased. And rent is due every day.” —J.J. Watt

The Texans have the potential to be a winning franchise. They have one of the best players on the planet in J.J. Watt (who hopefully can return to top form next season), a star at wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins and a settled quarterback situation. Historically, however, despite some limited postseason success, the Texans have been one of the league’s greater disappointments. The team moved to Houston in 2002 but didn’t have its first winning season until 2009. Its first playoff appearance was 2011.

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Titans vs Texans NFL Week 4 Capsule



STREAKS   7 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Mularkey: 1-3 Bill O’Brien: 4-0
LAST WEEK L 17-10 vs. Oakland L 27-0 at New England
LAST GAME 12/27/15: Texans 34 at Titans 6. Houston QB Brandon Weeden throws for 200 yards with 2 TDs & adds TD run. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 7 catches for 117 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/1/15: Texans 20, Titans 6. Houston QB Brian Hoyer throws for 235 yards & 2 TDs. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 8 catches for 94 yards & TD.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 157 (ten), 136 (Hou). XM: 383 (Ten), 230 (Hou).


PASSING Marcus Mariota: 67-107-723-4-4-79.3 Brock Osweiler: 65-109-695-3-4-72.2
RUSHING DeMarco Murray: 41-245-6.0-1 Lamar Miller: 74-269-3.6-0
RECEIVING DeMarco Murray (RB): 17-132-7.8-2 DeAndre Hopkins: 16-223-13.9-2
OFFENSE 357.3 326.3
DEFENSE 348.0 277.0
SACKS Brian Orakpo: 2.5 John Simon: 2.5
INTs Perrish Cox, Avery Williamson: 1 Andre Hal: 1
PUNTING Brett Kern: 48.9 Shane Lechler: 49.1
KICKING Ryan Succop: 12 (3/3 PAT; 3/4 FG) Nick Novak: 24 (3/3 PAT; 7/8 FG)


TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA has 866 pass yards, 5 TDs & 92.6 rating with 141 rush yards & 2 TDs in past 3 vs. division. In 7 career road games, has 1,612 pass yards, 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 104.9 rating with rush TD & rec. TD…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 29 rush TDs & is 2nd with 3,913 rush yards. In only meeting (10/5/14 with Dal.), had 192 scrimmage yards (136 rush, 56 rec.)…TE DELANIE WALKER had 15 catches in 2 meetings last year. WR ANDRE JOHNSON played 12 seasons with Hou. (2003-14) & is franchise leader in catches (1,012), yards (13,597) & rec. TDs (64). Is active leader in catches (1,057) and rec. yards (14,139)…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 23 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO had sack in last game at Hou. S RASHAD JOHNSON is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (15) & 3+ INT-TDs (3) since 2012 (incl. playoffs)…TEXANS: Have won 5 regular-season home games in row…QB BROCK OSWEILER is 2-0 at home with Hou…RB LAMAR MILLER rushed for 113 yards & TD in last meeting (10/18/15 with Mia.)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 24 catches for 449 yards (149.7 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3 meetings. Had career-high 238 yards (9 catches, 2 TDs) vs. Ten. on 11/30/14. Rookie WR WILL FULLER has 9 catches for 211 yards (105.5 per game) & TD in 1st 2 home games. Leads NFL rookies with 242 rec. yards…DE J.J. WATT has 14.5 sacks, 6 FFs, 2 FRs, 7 PD & rec. TD in past 8 meetings. Has sack in 8 consecutive vs. Ten. & has 2+ sacks in 6 of past 8 meetings. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 76 sacks, most in NFL. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 3.5 sacks in last home game vs. Ten. Has 8.5 sacks in past 5 (incl. playoffs). LB BERNARDRICK MC KINNEY had career-high 16 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY has 3 sacks in past 3 at home.

Report: Watt Injuries Back Again; Could Miss Extended Amount of Time


The Texans may have just gotten some crushing news about defensive star J.J. Watt, who may miss an ‘extended period’ of time after he hurt his back.

Ian Rapoport tweeted out the following about the breaking situation.

Texans Gab will have more on this awful news as we get it.

More Questions Than Answers About the Texans After Embarrassing Outing in New England

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

There’s no shame in losing to the New England Patriots. Many, many teams have done it, and more will do well before the season is over.

What is shameful today is just how the Texans lost to the Patriots on Thursday night 27-0, and the fact that did it to a third-string QB and to a defense that was beaten up and without some key players entering the game.

After two wins where the Texans imposed their will, they were outhit, outplayed and outcoached in the loss to the Patriots in just about every way.

The issues started with how woeful they were in prepping for a defense in New England that wasn’t nearly 100 percent. I’m not going to get in the mode of calling for the team to bench Brock Osweiler after three games, but the early returns on his Texans career has been nothing to write home about.

Last night he flat out was bad. No touch on his passes, and unless he was throwing to DeAndre Hopkins, he couldn’t hit the side of a barn.

His numbers showed just how bad he was, going 24-for-41 for 196 yards and he threw an awful pick and was sacked twice.

The pick Osweiler was a terrible decision, trying to force a pass to Hopkins in double coverage that was an easy turnover.

The team did the right thing trying to get the run game going with Lamar Miller, but with a severe lack of a pass game, Miller was nowhere near effective.

On the night the back, who ran hard despite being hit by Pats defenders, ran for 80 yards on 21 carries.

While the offense was bad, the defensive game plan against Jacoby Brissett and the Patriots offense deserved a solid ‘F’ on every level.

The tackling from the start of the game was atrocious, with Patriots slipping out of Texans attempts to tackle, and gaining yards after catch and on runs.

LeGarrette Blount averaged 4.4 yards per carry, and went over 100 yards, which is a great indication as to how bad the Texans tackling and game plan was.

Then there was the lack of pressure on Brissett, who had not only time to throw, but when there was some slight pressure, he was able to escape like on the QB’s 27-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

Houston came into the game with the NFL’s third-ranked defense and nine sacks through two games, but it looked like a shell of the team that played rather well at home in weeks one and two.

How this team responds now is anyone’s guess. They have 10 days to prepare for a team they know very well, the Tennessee Titans. If they win a couple games after this blowout it will ease the pain of what happened on Thursday.

After watching how easily they were dispatched by the Patriots, there seems to be more questions than answers if that will be the case or not.

Texans vs Patriots NFL Week Three Inactives

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The inactives are out for the Texans battle with the Patriots on the road tonight, and New England will be going with QB Jacoby Brissett as second-string QB Jimmy Garoppolo is out with a shoulder injury.

The Pats will be getting one of their big offensive players back, as tight end Rob Gronkowski will make his 2016 debut.

Here’s the inactives for each team:

Patriots inactives: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, LB Dont’a Hightower, RB D.J. Foster, G Jonathan Cooper, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Eric Rowe, TE AJ Derby

Texans inactives: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Braxton Miller, SS Eddie Pleasant, ILB Brian Cushing, T Duane Brown, G Oday Aboushi, DE Devon Still,

Texans vs Patriots NFL Week Three Capsule




COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-1 Bill Belichick: 5-1
LAST WEEK W 19-12 vs. Kansas City W 31-24 vs. Miami
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Patriots 27 at Texans 6. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 226 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 4 catches for 87 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/10/12: Patriots 42, Texans 14. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 296 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley adds 72 rushing yards & TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.


PASSING Brock Osweiler: 41-68-499-3-3-79.2 Jacoby Brissett (R): 6-9-92-0-0-100.2 OR

Jimmy Garoppolo: 42-60-498-4-0-117.2

RUSHING Lamar Miller: 53-189-3.6-0 LeGarrette Blount: 51-193-3.8-2
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 12-167-13.9-2 Julian Edelman: 14 (T3L)-142-10.1-0
OFFENSE 347.5 414.0
DEFENSE 274.5 401.5
SACKS John Simon: 2.5 3 tied: 1
INTs Andre Hal: 1 Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon: 1
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 49.2 Ryan Allen: 36.2
KICKING Nick Novak: 24 (T1L) (3/3 PAT; 7/8 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/5 FG)


TEXANS: Aim for 2nd 3-0 start in team history (2012)…Head coach BILL O’BRIEN was assistant with NE from 2007-11…QB BROCK OSWEILER won only start vs. NE (11/29/15 with Den.)…RB LAMAR MILLER had rush TD in last game at NE (10/29/15 with Mia.)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 11 catches for 169 yards in last Thurs. game. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Rookie WR WILL FULLER is 3rd player in NFL history with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 career games…DE J.J. WATT has 6 sacks, 9 TFL & 45-yard FR-TD in 9 Thurs. games. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 76 sacks, most in NFL. Reached 75 sacks in 82nd game, 2nd fastest in NFL history (HOFer REGGIE WHITE). LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 8.5 sacks in past 4 (incl. playoffs). DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks in last meeting…PATRIOTS: Incl. playoffs, have won 27 of past 29 at home…QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO is 2-0 as starter & has 117.2 rating. Rookie QB JACOBY BRISSETT made NFL debut last week & had 100.2 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for 123 yards in Week 2 & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR JULIAN EDELMAN aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 100+ yards. Has 7 rec. TDs in past 10. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had 5 catches for 114 yards & TD last week. Has 271 catches since 2012, 4th most by NFL TE. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 10 catches for 214 yards (107 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Hou. Since 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 14 at home (incl. playoffs), has 15 rec. TDs. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week…LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks & INT in past 3 (incl. playoffs). CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 18 PD since 2015. DE JABAAL SHEARD had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting.

Texans 2-0 Following 19-12 Home Win Over Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs v Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins got Houston going early and defense and special teams did the rest in a 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Hopkins had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to help the Texans to the victory.

Novak connected from 32, 24, 31 and 43 yards for the Texans.

Cairo Santos made three field goals in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 19-12, but Houston recovered the onside kick with less than a minute left to seal the victory.

The Texans (2-0) showed that they are a much different team than the one that was embarrassed in a 30-0 wild-card playoff loss to the Chiefs (1-1) in January, when quarterback Brian Hoyer had five turnovers.

New quarterback Brock Osweiler did throw two interceptions but the Chiefs had more trouble taking care of the ball, with Houston’s defense setting a franchise record by recovering three fumbles in the first half.

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Texans Top Bears 23-14; Osweiler Throws for Two TD’s in Debut

Chicago Bears v Houston Texans

The huge offseason investment the Houston Texans made in Brock Osweiler paid immediate dividends in the season opener.

Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns in his debut with Houston to lead the Texans and their revamped offense to a 23-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“I think he’s everything that we thought he would be,” Texans owner Bob McNair said.

Osweiler, who signed to a $72 million contract from Denver in the offseason, was helped by an offense filled with playmakers.

“There was nothing about the game that was perfect but we just kept playing … and we made the big plays when we needed to,” Osweiler said.

He completed passes to eight different receivers, led by rookie first-round pick Will Fuller, who became the first player in franchise history to have 100 yards receiving in a debut with 107 and a touchdown.

DeAndre Hopkins added 54 yards and a score and running back Lamar Miller had 106 yards rushing in his first game with the Texans.

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