A Look at the 2017 Texans Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Houston Texans Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM

Sep. 14 at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 7:25 PM

Sep. 24 at New England Patriots 12:00 PM

Oct. 1 Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM

Oct. 8 Kansas City Chiefs * 7:30 PM

Oct. 15 Cleveland Browns 12:00 PM

Oct. 22 BYE

Oct. 29 at Seattle Seahawks 3:05 PM

Nov. 5 Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM

Nov. 12 at Los Angeles Rams 3:05 PM

Nov. 19 Arizona Cardinals 12:00 PM

Nov. 27 at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 7:30 PM

Dec. 3 at Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 San Francisco 49ers 12:00 PM

Dec. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM

Dec. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 3:30 PM

Dec. 31 at Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: There’s a great shot for the Texans to take early control of the AFC South, as they will play three straight home games to start October against the Titans, Chiefs and Browns. One would think if they are going to be a contender in the AFC they would have to sweep those three games.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Two of the last three are on the road and both against divisional teams in the Jags and Colts, with a tough home game on Christmas day against the Steelers mixed in between. Those two divisional games could decide if this team is back in the playoffs or not.

Andre Johnson to Ink One-Day Deal and Retire a Houston Texan

Former Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson will sign a one-day contract Wednesday so he can officially retire as a Texan, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson, a first-round pick in 2003, played his first 12 years with the Texans before leaving after the 2014 season and signing with Indianapolis. He played most of last season with Tennessee.

Johnson will participate in a ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the occasion.

At some point, the Texans will honor Johnson. They don’t have a ring of honor, and they haven’t retired a player’s jersey or number. Johnson will be the first once they decide how they want to honor him.

Johnson is the Texans’ career leader in receptions (1,012), yards (13,597), touchdowns (64) and 100-yard games (51).

Texans Exercise 5th Year Option on DE Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, was entering the last year of his four-year contract. Now he’s under contract through the 2018 season.

General manager Rick Smith usually extends players with one year left on their contracts, which means Clowney probably would sign an extension at some point before the 2018 season begins.

If Clowney played the 2018 season without an extension, he would make $13.8 million.

After moving from outside linebacker to defensive end last season, Clowney became a disruptive force and helped the Texans rank first in defense by having his best season.

Clowney underwent three operations as a rookie, including microfracture surgery on his knee that also slowed him in 2015. He was healthy last season, missing one game because of injury and being kept out of the last regular-season game to rest him for the playoffs.

Texans at Patriots Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday G Jeff Allen (ankle), DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist), LB Brian Cushing (ankle), S Quintin Demps (hamstring), WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (calf), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), LB John Simon (chest)
  Thursday CB A.J. Bouye (groin), S Quintin Demps (hamstring), WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee), LB John Simon (chest)
  Wednesday CB A.J. Bouye (groin), T Chris Clark (ankle), TE Ryan Griffin (quadricep), S Andre Hal (foot), LB Brian Peters (foot), QB Tom Savage (concussion)
  Thursday G Jeff Allen (ankle), T Chris Clark (ankle), DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist), LB Brian Cushing (ankle), TE Ryan Griffin (quadricep), S Andre Hal (foot), CB Johnathan Joseph (calf), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), LB Brian Peters (foot), QB Tom Savage (concussion)
Practice Report
  Wednesday RB LeGarrette Blount (illness)
  Thursday RB LeGarrette Blount (illness)
  Wednesday WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
  Thursday WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
  Wednesday WR Danny Amendola (ankle), QB Tom Brady (thigh), CB Cyrus Jones (knee), WR Matt Slater (foot)
  Thursday WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

Texans Place Rookie Wide Out Braxton Miller on Injured Reserve

Braxton Miller

The Houston Texans have placed rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller on injured reserve according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

It ends an injury-plagued first season for the converted quarterback, who the Texans selected in the third round out of Ohio State last May. Miller is a gifted athlete but struggled with hamstring issues for much of the season as well as the shoulder injury that finally landed him on IR.

He made little impact in the Texans offense, catching only 15 passes for 99 yards in ten games. Many of Miller’s rookie struggles can also be attributed to the ineptitude of QB Brock Osweiler.

With another offseason to learn the wide receiver position, Miller should return stronger and better in 2017-especially if he is being thrown passes by a more competent quarterback.

What if the Texans Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Texans will look like made in the likeness of Trump!


Texans at Colts NFL Week 14 Capsule



STREAKS Past 2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 2-3 Chuck Pagano: 6-3
LAST WEEK L 21-13 at Green Bay W 41-10 at New York Jets
LAST GAME 10/16/16: Colts 23 at Texans 26 (OT). Houston TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has 26-yard game-tying TD with 49 seconds remaining in 4th. Texans K Nick Novak has 33-yard GW FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/20/15: Texans 16, Colts 10. Houston RB Alfred Blue rushes for 107 yards. Texans K Nick Novak has 32-yard GW FG with 1:56 remaining.
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou), 126 (Ind). XM: 382 (Hou), 233 (Ind).


PASSING Brock Osweiler: 260-435-2509-14-13-74.2 Andrew Luck: 258-403-3105-23-8-98.3
RUSHING Lamar Miller: 225-903-4.0-3 Frank Gore: 198-749-3.8-4
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 58-668-11.5-4 T.Y. Hilton: 69-1088 (2L)-15.8-5
OFFENSE 316.1 358.1
DEFENSE 316.1 382.9
SACKS Whitney Mercilus: 5.5 Erik Walden: 8
INTs Quintin Demps: 2 Darius Butler: 3
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 47.7 Pat McAfee: 50.0 (1L)
KICKING Nick Novak: 87 (18/20 PAT; 23/28 FG) Adam Vinatieri: 99 (33/33 PAT; 22/24 FG)


TEXANS: Aim for 1st 3-game winning streak vs. Ind. in franchise history…QB BROCK OSWEILER is 3-0 as starter vs. division in 2016. Passed for 2 TDs & 97.6 rating last week…RB LAMAR MILLER aims for 4th in row vs. Ind. with rush TD. Had 178 scrimmage yards (149 rush, 29 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Ranks 6th in AFC with 903 rush yards…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 28 catches (9.3 per game) for 334 yards (111.3 per game) in past 3 meetings. TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ had 85 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Is 4th among AFC TEs with 45 catches. TE RYAN GRIFFIN has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 5 TFL, sack & FR in past 2. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with sack. LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY aims for 3rd meeting in row with sack. Is only player in NFL with 100+ tackles (106) & 4+ sacks (4). CB ROBERT NELSON JR. had 1st career INT in last meeting…COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK has 2+ pass TDs in 6 of past 7 vs. Hou. Rushed for 53 yards & TD in last meeting. Passed for 278 yards & 4 TDs last week…RB FRANK GORE has 329 rush yards (82.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in past 4 vs. Hou…WR T.Y. HILTON has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 vs. division. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,088 rec. yards. Is 1 of 3 in Colts history with 1,000+ rec. yards in 4 different seasons. WR DONTE MONCRIEF aims for 6th in row with rec. TD. Has 6 TD catches in 7 games this season. Had TD catch in last meeting. TE DWAYNE ALLEN had career-high 3 rec. TDs last week…LB ROBERT MATHIS has most career sacks (18.5) by any player vs. Hou. Has sack in 3 of past 4 meetings. Is franchise leader with 121 career sacks. LB ERIK WALDEN is 1 of 6 NFL LBs with 8+ sacks (8) & 2+ FFs (2). Has 4 sacks in past 6. CB VONTAE DAVIS aims for 3rd meeting in row with INT. S MIKE ADAMS has 2 INTs, FF & FR in past 3 meetings.

Texans Fall in the Snow in Green Bay to Rodgers and the Packers 21-13

Houston Texans v Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers pulled away from the Texans with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-13 win Sunday to get back to .500.

The Packers (6-6) weathered snowy conditions at Lambeau Field, making just enough plays on the cold turf to even their record for the first time since they were 4-4 after losing to Indianapolis on Nov. 6.

“Well, that was a good bad-weather win. A lot of fun to play in that type of atmosphere in Lambeau Field,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Brock Osweiler connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 left to get within eight for Houston. Nick Novak missed the extra point, with footing slippery at Lambeau.

The Texans (6-6) had one last shot after the Packers failed to run out the clock. But Osweiler’s last-ditch pass-and-lateral play from Houston’s 12 with 4 seconds left failed, handing Houston its third straight loss.

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