Texans Perfect Mark at Home No More; Fall to Rivers and Chargers 21-13

San Diego Chargers v Houston Texans

San Diego’s Philip Rivers read all week about the Texans being 5-0 at home. He decided the Chargers should be the ones to end their perfect record in Houston.

“I don’t like getting caught up in too much bulletin-board stuff, but I liked that, the fact this team was unbeaten at home, so let’s go change that,” Rivers said. “It was in my head all week that we could stop the streak.”

Rivers did just that, throwing for 242 yards and three touchdowns to give the Chargers a 21-13 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Sunday. Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown to help San Diego (5-6) to the victory.

The Texans (6-5) were done in by four turnovers, including three interceptions by Brock Osweiler . He was so bad Sunday that coach Bill O’Brien was asked twice after the game if he’d considered benching him for backup Tom Savage.

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Chargers vs Texans NFL Week 12 Inactives

Chargers: LB Jatavis Brown, CB Brandon Flowers, TE Asante Cleveland, C Max Tuerk, RB Ronnie Hillman, OT Tyreek Burwell, WR Geremy Davis

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Jaelen Strong, RB Alfred Blue, RB Tyler Ervin, OLB John Simon, OG Josh Walker, OG Oday Aboushi

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph Fined For Hit During Raiders Game

Johnathan Joseph

Texans veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph was fined $24,309 by the NFL for his unnecessary roughness penalty against the Raiders, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Joseph plans to appeal the punishment.

Joseph was penalized for striking Raiders tight end Clive Walford with a high hit.

“I totally disagree with it,” Joseph said. “I wasn’t leading in to target anyone or hurt anyone.”

Blown Call on DeAndre Hopkins Costs Texans a TD in Loss to Raiders

DeAndre Hopkins

A blown call on a sideline catch by Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins cost the Texans a potential touchdown during the first quarter of a 27-20 loss Monday night to the Oakland Raiders, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hopkins tight-roped the sideline, but television replays clearly showed he didn’t step out of bounds as he kept running unencumbered toward the end zone at Estadio Azteca. However, officials blew the play dead and ruled Hopkins out at the Raiders’ 36-yard line after a 24-yard gain.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien attempted to challenge the play, but it’s not reviewable under NFL instant-replay rules. O’Brien threw the red-challenge flag, but wasn’t penalized a timeout even though NFL rules state that teams should lose a timeout if they attempt to challenge a non-reviewable call.

“Let’s go back to the first quarter,” O’Brien said following the defeat. “Was Hopkins out of bounds on that play? No.”

Texans at Jaguars NFL Week 10 Capsule



STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 4-0 Gus Bradley: 2-4
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 8: W 20-13 vs. Detroit) L 19-14 at Kansas City
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Jaguars 6 at Texans 30. Houston RB Alfred Blue rushes for 102 yards. Texans LB Whitney Mercilus has 3.5 sacks, FF & FR.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/18/15: Texans 31, Jaguars 20. Houston QB Brian Hoyer passes for 293 yards & 3 TDs for 119.3 rating. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 10 catches for 148 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou), 125 (Jax). XM: 382 (Hou), 388 (Jax).


PASSING Brock Osweiler: 176-297-1719-9-9-73.1 Blake Bortles: 196-331-2156-14-10-80.1
RUSHING Lamar Miller: 153-637-4.2-2 T.J. Yeldon: 70-253-3.6-1
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 40-434-10.9-3 Allen Robinson: 39-442-11.3-4
OFFENSE 313.3 345.4
TAKE/GIVE -7 -12
DEFENSE 316.3 334.5
SACKS Whitney Mercilus: 4.5 Yannick Ngakoue (R): 4
INTs 3 tied: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 48.4 Brad Nortman: 48.1
KICKING Nick Novak: 65 (11/12 PAT; 18/21 FG) Jason Myers: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/14 FG)


TEXANS: QB BROCK OSWEILER is 2-0 as starter vs. division with 523 pass yards & 4 TDs…RB LAMAR MILLER has 286 scrimmage yards (231 rush, 55 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. division. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. Ranks 5th in AFC with 637 rush yards…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 17 catches for 237 yards (118.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 meetings. Since 2014, ties for 8th in NFL with 11 100+ yard rec. games. TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ had rec. TD in last game. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with TD catch. WR WILL FULLER is 3rd among rookies with 372 rec. yards…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 6.5 sacks, 5 TFL, FF & FR in past 3 vs. Jax. LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY has 21 tackles & sack in past 2 vs. division. Leads team & ties for 4th in AFC with 73 tackles. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had sack in Week 8. Ties for lead among NFL DEs with 9 TFL. CB KAREEM JACKSON had INT-TD in last meeting. S ANDRE HAL has 3 INTs, incl. INT-TD, in past 2 meetings… JAGUARS: QB BLAKE BORTLES has 544 pass yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97.1 rating in past 2 vs. division…RB CHRIS IVORY had 107 rush yards last week. RB T.J. YELDON had rec. TD last week…WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 194 rec. yards (97 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings. Since 2015, ties for NFL lead with 18 rec. TDs. Has 6 rec. TDs in past 7 at home. WR MARQISE LEE has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. TE JULIUS THOMAS has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Hou. Since 2013, has 32 rec. TDs, most by NFL TE…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY aims for 6th in row vs. Hou. with 10+ tackles. In past 5 meetings, has 63 tackles (12.6 per game), 5 TFL, INT & FF. LB TELVIN SMITH is 1 of 3 players with 275+ tackles (292), 3+ FFs (3) & 2+ INTs (2) since 2014. CB DAVON HOUSE had INT in last meeting. Rookie DE YANNICK NGAKOUE ties for rookie lead with 4 sacks.

Lions vs Texans NFL Week Eight Inactives

Lions: CB Darius Slay, LB DeAndre Levy, RB Dwayne Washington, DT Haloti Ngata, DL Anthony Zettel, OT Corey Robinson, TE Cole Wick

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphery, S Quintin Demps, ILB Brian Peters, T Jeff Adams, G Oday Aboushi, DE Brandon Dunn

Texans Place OT Derek Newton on IR; Re-Sign OT Jeff Adams

Derek Newton

The Texans placed offensive tackle Derek Newton on injured reserve today and re-signed offensive tackle Jeff Adams, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

In Monday night’s loss at Denver, Newton suffered season-ending injuries to his patellar tendons in both knees and is lost for the season. He’s expected to undergo surgery this week.

Adams, who came to the Texans in 2014 from the Tennessee Titans, was starting at guard early last season when he suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee and was lost for the season.

Bill O’Brien Says Brock Osweiler Will Remain at QB for the Texans

Brock Osweiler

On a night in which once again quarterback Brock Osweiler was pretty awful, there’s still no indication of coach Bill O’Brien pulling the plug and going with Tom Savage or Brandon Weeden to try and get the offense going.

Osweiler completed 22 of 41 passes for just 131 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions as the Texans suffered a 27-9 loss to the Broncos Monday night.

“He’s a good player,” O’Brien said Tuesday when asked about the QB.

“I think it’s very difficult to come into a new system and a new team and just pick it up right away. I think everybody has to do a better job. Coaches, we all have to do better. I think he can play better. I know that the receivers can run routes better.”

The 4-3 Texans are at home Sunday to host the Lions. Only time will tell if O’Brien decided to make a switch and give someone else a try at the QB spot.