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D.J. Swearinger

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    November 24, 2014

    Texans Regress in Loss to Bengals at NRG Stadium

    Oh, what a difference a week makes. Last Sunday, the Texans went into Ohio and whopped up on a Cleveland team with a new quarterback and a second string running back. This Sunday, another team from Ohio walked into NRG Stadium and put it to the Texans with essentially the same lineup, 23-13. Many ... More >>

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    November 24, 2014

    Bengals 22, Texans 13: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    At this stage of the season, there are two different flavors of .500 (or around .500) football teams in the NFL. There are the kind who have played hard schedules, have good quarterbacks, and have enough solutions on the roster to eventually win the 9, 10, or 11 games they need in order to make th ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    Texans-Browns: Individual Player Ratings, Offensive Line Dominates

    While I wouldn't call myself a true sports "analytic," I do dork out over statistics. Always have. Back in the day, for true stat geeks, numbers were like nudity. There was no internet, so you had to work to find statistical information, and the team-by-team numbers in the weekly issues of The Sport ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    Texans 23, Browns 7: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Consuming sports in 2014, it's almost impossible to 100 percent live in "the now" during a sport's given season. The wealth of information and conjecture at our fingertips combined with the perpetual misery and self-pity that 95 percent of fans wallow in during the season because their team is som ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    Houston Texans' Core Players: Who's Better, Who's Worse Compared To 2013

    They say it takes a village to raise a child, a collective group effort whose results are ultimately indicative of the time, effort, and most of all, capability of those doing the raising. The same can be said of a 2-14 NFL season. It takes a village to go 2-14. A village of injuries, comedically e ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Brett Hartmann Files Revised NRG Turf Lawsuit

    In a sports world and news cycle that moves at breakneck speed, thanks to social media and the 24 hour news cycle, maintaining relevance is a pretty competitive endeavor. It takes a concerted effort to rent space in our brains these days. That makes it all the more amazing that one of the most prom ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    The Texans' Toughest Opponent May Be Under Their Feet

    With about three minutes to go in the first half of the season opener between the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, the Redskins faced a daunting third down and 16 yards to go. The sellout crowd in NRG Stadium was already abuzz from DeAndre Hopkins's 76-yard touchdown just minutes before, wh ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Texans Draft Woes Continue, Louis Nix III Heads To Injured Reserve

    It's too early to tell if the Texans last couple draft classes are cursed, just not that good, or some combination of those two things. The one thing that is undeniable is that, on the whole, it's hard to find another team in the NFL (certainly a team that is 2-1 and favored to win in Week 4 at hom ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Jadeveon Clowney Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks

    The football gods clearly won't let Houstonians have nice things. Already saddled with a tortured history laced with playoff and regular season disappointment and heartbreak aplenty, and carrying around the burden of a 357 day streak of winless football, it wasn't in the cards to have the gods just ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Texans 17, Redskins 6: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    357 days. That's how long it's been since the Houston Texans last won a regular season NFL game. The last time the hometown team walked off the field victorious, Matt Schaub was the quarterback, Gary Kubiak was the head coach, and Vanilla Ice was rocking the house at halftime. Sunday, it was Rya ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Houston Texans: Final 53 Man Roster Prediction

    Normally, in the NFL's preseason, there's been a logical progression whereby you learn more and more about a team with each passing preseason game. In years past, the starters play a quarter in the first game, two quarters in the second game, three quarters (roughly) in the third game, and then the ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Texans 18, Broncos 17: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    For the most part, preseason football is very boring. I don't think I'm breaking any new ground with that white hot take. Unless you're completely into the 90-to-75 cutdown bubble, or you're a degenerate gambler, there's not a whole lot of compelling stuff going on in the fourth quarter of a Prese ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Texans 32, Falcons 7: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    335 days. That's how long it had been since the Houston Texans have walked off of a football field having scored more points than their opponent. September 15, 2013, to be exact. If you recall, that was the second regular season game of the tumultuous 2-14 train wreck the city endured last year, ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Texans-Cardinals, NFL Preseason Week 1: Five Players to Watch

    Depending on who you are, NFL preseason games can serve any number of purposes. For some fans (and talk-show hosts who need five hours of radio content every weekday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.), they serve as a celebration that football has finally returned, that we survived the two weeks of the calenda ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Thank Rick Smith: A Look at the Texans' Abnormally Inept and Unlucky 2013 Draft Class

    Back in June of 2012, Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith gave a fairly memorable interview to SI.com NFL scribe Peter King in which he laid out his philosophy on roster construction in today's NFL. Now, keep in mind that, looking back, if ever there were a time during the Rick Smith era that ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Houston Texans Sign Tyson Clabo, So It's Probably Safe To Make Wild 53 Man Roster Picks

    Completely and utterly sucking the previous season has its privileges in the National Football League. As a fan of the Houston Texans (if you are one), you may already know this, and if you didn't know this, you will find out repeatedly throughout the preseason and the early part of the regular se ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    J.J. Watt Flips 1000 Pound Tires as His Cool Down

    No, I'm serious. This isn't one of those Chuck Norris deals. I'm not going to make a much of wisecracks about how Superman wears J.J. Watt pajamas or how the Boogeyman looks under his bed for J.J. Watt or how the dark is afraid of J.J. Watt. All true statements probably, but that's not my intent. ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    NFL Draft 2014: The Jadeveon Clowney Rule

    Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger was at a community appearance on Thursday morning at Harvard Elementary School. As these normally appearances go, Swearinger spent a few minutes talking to the media about football, the Texans, and the state of the union in D.J.'s world. With Swearinger one sea ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 16: Bearded Schaub's Revenge!

    We are officially at the point where we can start counting down to the end of the 2013 NFL season...the seemingly interminable, blight on Houston football history that's been the 2013 NFL season. The end is near, thank God! Go back to Week 1's BATTLE-DRINK game, and it reflects a much simpler time ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Bob McNair's Press Conference To Address The Firing Of Gary Kubiak

    We all knew that Gary Kubiak's firing was coming eventually, but very clearly we didn't all know when it was coming, because the assumption was that Texans owner Bob McNair would wait until after the season to drop the news on Kubiak that his services would no longer be required. Instead, on the h ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 14: Thursday Night Self Mutilation Edition

    In Houston Texans seasons past, the running joke was that each season would have around two or three [sarcastic exaggeration font enabled] "biggest games in the history of the team." Hell, even 2013 had a couple of them early in the season with the home loss to Seattle and the road thrashing at the ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Patriots-Texans Epilogue: How To Lose A Game In 10 Plays

    It's often said the difference between a 6-10 and 10-6 team in the NFL is a small handful of plays. Sitting at 2-10 on the season, the Houston Texans' problems certainly transcend more than just a play here and a play there. That much is obvious. But at 2-7 in games decided by one score or less, th ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Texans Reach The Breaking Point, Andre Johnson Walks Off

    "Me and Matt are fine." -- Andre Johnson, after Sunday's 28-23 loss to the Oakland Raiders You're Andre Johnson. You get drafted in 2003 by a one year old expansion team, still in its infancy stage. You're excited, you're eager, and you're hoping to be the foundational building block of something ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 11: DeAndre Hopkins' Weenie Roast

    In last week's BATTLE-DRINK post, I wrote the following: As we head into Week 10 with the Texans taking on the Arizona Cardinals, all of a sudden we have squares devoted to Gary Kubiak's health, the jumbled running back roster, a quarterback non-controversy-that-some-people-are-trying-to-make-a-con ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Texans 31, Chargers 28: A Tale of Two Halves as Texans Win on Tuesday Morning Football

    Nearly three hours after the late start, the game was still in doubt, but that was a massive improvement over where the Texans were about two hours earlier. The Chargers took at 28-7 lead on the Texans in the third quarter only to see the Texans come flying back and pull out a 31-28 road win on a ki ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Texans vs. Chargers on Monday Night Football: Five Players to Watch

    NFL football is back...finally. For football fans, the wait for game 1 can be difficult, but when you live in Houston and your summer is filled with another year of bitter disappointment courtesy the Astros, it's positively excruciating. As if to torture us just a little longer, the NFL scheduled th ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Texans-Cowboys: Final Preseason Odds And Ends, Latest 53 Man Roster Prediction

    On Tuesday, the Texans made their final set of moves to get down to 75 players before they head up to Dallas on Wednesday for the game Thursday night, placing wide receiver Alec Lemon on the injured reserve list and placing nose tackle David Hunter and wide receiver Mike Smith on waiver/injured rese ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Keep Calm and Carry the Ball: Foster Returns to the Texans

    Preseason football is a fascinating and often frustrating portion of the year. On one hand, there is intrigue and discussion. After a long season of the Astros sucking yet again, it's a welcome relief to see guys in pads knocking the crap out of each other in the blistering heat of summer. On the o ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Texans-Dolphins: 4 Winners, 4 Losers ("Chita Johnson, Weather Khaleesi" Edition)

    Was preseason football fever in full swing on Saturday? Well, late Saturday afternoon, I managed to make it from my home near downtown to the area near Reliant in almost record time, thanks to very light Saturday traffic. As I drove down Murworth to the media parking area, roughly two hours before ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Texans-Vikings: Let The (Preseason) Games Begin!

    This time of year, we are looking for signs that football is actually here. The Texans' open practices are nice, but rarely involve hitting, or even pads and helmets. There are Gary Kubiak soundbites on the radio every day, and that's all well and good. But until something that feels like real footb ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Texans Training Camp: What Stood Out On Opening Weekend

    First impressions are tricky business in NFL training camps. With pads off, contact limited and many veterans still rounding into shape, the cream may not instantly rise. Nonetheless, premature analysis comes with the territory during the unofficial start to the NFL season. It's especially the case ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    The Way Too Early Crack at the Texans' 53-Man Roster

    Each year on his nationally syndicated radio show, Jim Rome holds a little thing known as the Smack Off. I know many of you already know what that is (I've written roughly 10,000 words on the topic in the past few years), but briefly, for those who don't -- it's the annual show where he invites the ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Ten Questions to Answer at the Start of Houston Texans Training Camp

    It's deep in July and it doesn't feel like anyone should be talking about football, but thank the sports gods, training camp opens today for the Houston Texans down at Reliant Stadium. The real action begins Friday with the first workouts, but just seeing players and coaches getting back into the sw ... More >>

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