Texans Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins Makes NFL History Against Jets

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From around the NFL, there was some exciting news for the Houston Texans on several fronts. First, the Texans beat the New York Jets 24-17 for the team’s third victory in a row. In the process, they pulled even at 5-5 and are now considered a legitimate threat to the division leading Indianapolis Colts that have the same record, but currently hold the first tie-breaker on the basis of beating the Texans earlier in the season 27-20 in Houston.

The Texans were led this past week by All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who caught 5 passes for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the process of leading his team to victory, Hopkins passed a very important milestone. He became the third-youngest player in NFL history to catch 200 passes for a total of over 3,000 yards. He was able to pass both milestones when he caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback T.J. Yates at the 3:04 mark of the second quarter. Adding injury to insult for the Jets, he beat All-Pro defensive back Darrell Revis on the play by getting behind him on a long pass down the middle.

In just 10 games this season, Hopkins has 76 receptions for 1,045 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has already established career highs in receptions and TD passes with six games still remaining on the schedule. He is poised to end the season with a slash line of 120 receptions/1,630 yards/14 TDs. He currently ranks first in the league for touchdown receptions and third in both receptions and yards.

Hopkins was born and raised in Central, South Carolina. As a high school athlete, he excelled in football, basketball and track. He eventually chose football and signed to play his college ball close to home at Clemson. He played three years for the Tigers before declaring for the NFL draft at the end of his junior season. During the 2012 season as a junior, he had one of the great statistical years in conference history with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and a school-record 18 touchdowns. His work was good enough to earn him honors as a Third-team All-American (2012).

For only the second time in franchise history, the Texans chose a wide receiver in the first round when they took Hopkins with the 27th pick overall. He was eventually signed to a four-year deal worth over $7.6 million. During his first season with the team, he was used mostly as a third option, but managed to catch 52 passes for 802 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Last year, he came back and established himself as an up and coming star in the NFL. He caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards and 6 touchdowns. When ask about the immense talent Hopkins posses, Head Coach Bill O’Brien said “Hopkins is a heck of a player.” He’s big, he’s got really good hands, he’s fast, very smart player, understands leverage. These guys, any receiver that I’ve been around (and) I’ve been very fortunate to be around some really elite receivers, they’re very intelligent players and that’s what he is.”

For now, Hopkins has the look of a superstar for years to come.

This article is the work of sports journalist Tony Sambroas. Tony is a huge fan of the NFL and always likes to write about the latest developments and accomplishments made on the field. To see Tonys NFL picks for the week check out the news section of http://www.freebets.com.au/.

Texans Running Back Arian Foster Discusses How Therapy Changed His Life

Among all the hero worship and fanatical support, it easy to forget that professional athletes are people too. They are just as likely to encounter personal problems as any other human being on the planet. In some ways, dealing with these personal problems are more difficult for the athlete who is often faced with legitimate concerns about exposing their weaknesses in a cynical world where far too many people want to see them fall.

In a recent interview, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster sat down to discuss his past problems with alcohol abuse and how intense counseling restored him back to a better way of living, which may have saved both his NFL career and his life.

Before he was willing to seek help for an escalating alcohol problem, he counted himself among the individuals who were reluctant to admit to their illness for fear they would suffer the consequences of being seen as weak. The stigma of any type of mental illness for a professional athlete, once exposed, tends to get played out in a variety of ways in the media. For Foster, he chose the bottle instead of looking to face his problems.

As Foster describes it, everything changed when he finally decided to seek help. “It just got to a point where I just threw my hands in the air and I was like: ‘This is going to kill me,'” adding “So I went and got help and it was the best decision I ever made.”

As is the case with most people who find themselves dealing with an addiction, it took a life-changing event to convince Foster that the time had come to make some major changes in his life. That decision was prompted when he found himself dealing with his impending divorce from Romina, the wife he loved very much. In a moment of clarity, he explains “This is extremely personal, but I was just not the best husband. I just wasn’t. And that was because I didn’t know how to be a husband. … I was out there just trying to wing it.”

The loss forced him into counseling, a step he is now eternally grateful he took. Through working with his counselor, he has been able to put his destructive behavior in check and now finds himself gaining strength as he continues to develop the emotional skills to deal with life’s issues without the need to self-medicate.

Foster’s new found resolve couldn’t have come at a better time. With a history of injuries on the field twice so far this this season, he has suffered a serious injury, including a season ending Achilles tear that might end up costing him the rest of his career. While certainly disappointed, he seems to be taking it all in stride due to his recent growth as a man who is coming to terms with his demons.

In an effort to pay forward his good fortune of getting his life back from addiction, Foster has joined forces with the Jets’ Brandon Marshall’s PROJECT 375 organization. This non-profit group’s charter is to help fellow athletes learn to embrace their mental disorders and frailties. By helping to remove the stigma of having to deal with these types of personal issues, the hope is more of these athletes will seek the help they need.

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Texans Defense Dominates Titans in 20-6 Win

Tennessee Titans v Houston Texans

Texans defensive ends J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus must have woken up hungry on Sunday, because they sure did have a feast against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

The two defensive studs dominated the Titans, combining for six of Houston’s seven sacks and 13 of the 14 hits on Titans QB Zach Mettenberger in the Texans 20-6 win.

The Titans got a quick field goal on their opening drive to make it 3-0, but then the Texans defense got serious, laying a beating down on Mettenberger and the Tennessee offensive line that they could do nothing about.

”We had to get the win,” coach Bill O’Brien said. ”It wasn’t pretty. But who cares? It’s a win.”

The win was critical for the Texans, who a week ago found themselves down 41-0 at halftime to the Miami Dolphins. They were disgraced, and Sunday they took it out on their AFC South rival.

Brian Hoyer threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns to help the Texans offense score more than enough. The first TD went to DeAndre Hopkins from 21 yards out, and the second to former Titans WR Nate Washington from 42 yards out to make it 17-6 late in the third quarter.

Alfred Blue started in place of the injured Arian Foster and had 40 yards rushing and 33 yards receiving.

The offensive line for the Titans was no match for the Texans, as on the day Mettenberger was hit 14 times, and sacked 7 times.

“We played like (expletive) today,” Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said of the offensive line. “We’re upset about it. We need to do better. I need to do better.”

Lewan, who has been fighting injuries, allowed at least two of the sacks, and rookie tackle Jeremiah Poutasi was also beaten several times.

“It was obvious he was struggling out there today,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Poutasi. “We tried to get him through it, but it was just tough.”

Watt, who tied a career high with 20 1/2 sacks last season, has more sacks through eight games this season (8 1/2) than he did through eight games last year (7).

”That’s the type of defense we expect to be,” Watt said.

The Texans are on the bye next week, and then travel to Cincinnati to play the undefeated Bengals on November 15th.

Titans vs Texans NFL Week Eight Inactives

Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, CB Perrish Cox, RB Terrance West, G Quinton Spain, WR Harry Douglas, DE Ropati Pitoitua, DT Mike Martin

Texans inactives: CB Kareem Jackson, LB Akeem Dent, C Greg Mancz, LB Benardrick McKinney, WR Cecil Shorts, S Rahim Moore, LB Kourtnei Brown

Titans vs Texans Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday CB Perrish Cox (hamstring), WR Harry Douglas (ribs), C Andy Gallik (concussion)
  Wednesday S Michael Griffin (knee), QB Marcus Mariota (knee), CB Jason McCourty (hamstring)
  Wednesday DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee)
Practice Report
  Wednesday G Brandon Brooks (toe), LB Jadeveon Clowney (illness), LB Akeem Dent (hamstring), CB Kareem Jackson (ankle), LB Benardrick McKinney (concussion), T Derek Newton (toe), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring), DE J.J. Watt (back)
  Wednesday S Quintin Demps (hamstring), C Ben Jones (thumb), RB Chris Polk (knee), RB Jay Prosch (knee)

Titans at Texans NFL Week Eight Capsule



STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Ken Whisenhunt: 1-2 Bill O’Brien: 2-0
LAST WEEK L 10-7 vs. Falcons L 44-26 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 11/30/14: Titans 21 at Texans 45. Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for 358 yards & 6 TDs (147.5 passer rating). Texans DE J.J. Watt records 2 sacks & catches 1-yard TD pass.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 81 (Ten.), 93 (Hou.). XM: 226 (Hou.).


PASSING Mariota (R): 103-161-1239-9-5-93.2 OR

Mettenberger: 27-43-250-1-2-67.0

Hoyer: 106-180-1346-11-3-95.7
RUSHING McCluster: 35-176-5.0-0 Blue: 60-234-3.9-1
RECEIVING Walker (TE): 29-299-10.3-1 Hopkins: 58 (T2L)-776 (1L)-13.4-5
OFFENSE 326.3 383.6
DEFENSE 324.3 (3C) 370.9
SACKS Morgan: 4.5 Watt: 6 (3C)
INTs Sensabaugh: 2 Hal: 2
PUNTING Kern: 44.5 Lechler: 46.2
KICKING Succop: 29 (14/14 PAT; 5/5 FG) Novak: 20 (11/12 PAT; 3/4 FG)


TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA (No. 2 overall) has 2+ TD passes in 3 of 5 career starts. Leads NFL rookies in passer rating (93.2) & is tied for 1st among rookies with 9 TD passes. QB ZACH METTENBERGER passed for 187 yards & TD in 1st start of season last week. Has TD pass in 6 of 7 career starts, incl. 3 multi-TD games…RB ANTONIO ANDREWS led team with career-high 57 rush yards vs. Falcons. RB BISHOP SANKEY (934) need 66 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 career…In 3 career starts vs. Hou., WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 16 catches for 228 yards & 2 TDs, incl. 132 yards & TD in last meeting. Last week, TE DELANIE WALKER led team with 7 catches for 55 yards. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 1,189 receiving yards. Aims for 10th consecutive game with 3+ rec…LB DERRICK MORGAN has 7.5 sacks & 2 FF in past 9. LB ZACH BROWN leads team with 39 tackles. LB AVERY WILLIAMSON posted 1st career INT last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, DT JURRELL CASEY ranks 3rd amongst AFC DTs with 24.5 sacks… TEXANS: In past 4, QB BRIAN HOYER has completed 88 of 146 (60.3) for 1,110 yards with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101.1 rating, incl. 273 yards & 3 TDs last week vs. Dolphins. Aims for 3rd in row with 3 TDs & 5th in row with 2+ TDs…In last start (9/27/15 vs. TB), RB ALFRED BLUE rushed for 139 yards on 31 att. (94.5 avg.) with TD. Blue (897) needs 103 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 career…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS leads team with 58 catches, tied for 2nd-most of any NFL player through team’s 1st 7 games to begin season. In past 5, has 44 catches for 625 yards & 3 TDs, incl. 4 100-yard games. WR NATE WASHINGTON had team-high 9 catches for 127 yards & 2 TDs last week. Spent 6 seasons with Titans (2009-14)…In past 12, J.J. WATT has 17 sacks, 2 FF, FR, safety, 7 PDs & TD catch, incl. 2 sacks vs. Dolphins. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads league with 63 sacks. LB BRIAN CUSHING leads team with 55 tackles.

Texans Make Statement; Dump QB Mallett After Missing Charter Flight

Indianapolis Colts v Houston Texans

The Texans made a pretty sizable statement on Tuesday, cutting quarterback Ryan Mallett three days after he missed the teams’ charter flight to Miami for a game against the Dolphins Sunday.

A report from ESPN Monday stated that coach Bill O’Brien was so upset over Saturday’s incident that he at first wanted to release Mallett right there and then, but was overruled by general manager Rick Smith.

The QB was late for meetings Saturday, blaming his tardiness on traffic. He then missed the team’s charter flight to South Florida. He had to fly commercial to join the team for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and did not play in the blowout loss that at one point saw Houston trail 41-0.

Mallett’s contract guaranteed him $1.75 million this season but had no guaranteed money for 2016.

The quarterback was his own worst enemy, he was at first thought to be a first round pick coming out of Arkansas in 2011, but his off the field issues and behavior ended up dropping him to the Patriots in the third round.

He was moved to the Texans after three seasons in New England, and it was surprising he wasn’t able to beat out Hoyer for the starter job.

Mallett came in the first game after Hoyer struggled, but couldn’t hold on to the starter job very long. He pulled himself a game on October 8th after taking a hit and getting the wind knocked out of him, but once Hoyer came on, he stayed on, and Mallett was caught sulking on the sideline by the cameras.

Now it will be interesting to see if a team takes a chance on him.

Reports say that the Texans will sign T.J. Yates to be the backup at QB for Brian Hoyer, who is a free agent.

Texans Lose Badly 44-26; Appear to Lose RB Foster for Rest of Season

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins

The Texans picked the wrong day to play their worst game of the season, and they might as well have warmed the buses up at halftime, as they trailed Miami at that point 41-0.

In the end, the final result was 44-26, and it wasn’t even that close.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill completed his first 18 attempts and threw for four scores in first 16 minutes as the Dolphins put the game away before the Texans really got anything going.

The Texans had dominated the Dolphins in the past, going 7-0 against them. That streak ended quickly Sunday, as Miami became the first team in at least 75 years to score four offensive touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a half, according to STATS.

Tannehill extended his two-game streak to 25 consecutive completions, an NFL record, before he threw his only incompletion in the fourth quarter.

Jarvis Landry went through the Texans D for a 50-yard catch and run for a score. He also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill.

Lamar Miller scored on a 54-yard reception and an 85-yard run. Rishard Matthews scored the game’s first points when turned a short pass from Tannehill into a 53-yard score.

That was all in the opening half, when the Dolphins built a 41-0 lead. They tied a franchise record of 21 points in the first quarter, done three other times, and 35 points at halftime set in 1967, their second season.

”Terrible,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said of their performance. ”It’s something I take full responsibility for.”

Not only was the loss bad, but Texans running back Arian Foster suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the fourth quarter and it sounds like he’ll be one for the year.

Foster was on crutches in the locker room after the game. When asked if he knows how serious the injury is, he said, “Not yet, but it’s not good.”

He had 125 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the game. He missed the first three games of the season with a groin injury.

Brian Hoyer was 23-for-49 for 273 yds with three touchdowns and a pick in the loss.