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DeAndre Hopkins

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    October 27, 2014

    Texans, Foster Roll Titans in Tennessee to Get Back to .500

    Going into Tennessee on Sunday, the Texans were teetering on the brink of another disastrous season. After three straight losses, they were facing a division rival on the road. Another loss and they go to 3-5 including 0-2 inside the division. Win and they go to 4-4 keeping their season and hopes fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Complementary Football: How the Texans Bury Themselves Each Week

    Bill O'Brien loves him some "complementary football," Obie-speak for the optimal combination of offensive, defensive, and special teams proficiency to bring the hometown team a victory each Sunday (and God willing, the occasional Thursday or Monday, the last two games notwithstanding). For these 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Colts 33, Texans 28: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Well, that was a pretty freaking painful four days, huh? If you're trying to construct the most painful way to chase an overtime loss to your hated in-state rival, the Texans did a pretty good job of it on Thursday night, falling behind the Indianapolis Colts 24-0 in the first quarter, riding the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The Houston Texans "Behind The Chains": Lose Yards, Kill Drive

    If you read my entries in this blog, you know there are certain things that I find intriguing -- fan fights in stadium bathrooms, crime stories from the state of Florida, crime stories involving NFL players, the occasional recreational wager. These things all intrigue me. But if you examine closely ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Texans 23, Bills 17: Four Winners, Four Losers

    The way the Texans' 2014 schedule lays out, given the caliber of opponent they've played, the first quarter of the season looked a lot like the same portion of many college teams' schedules -- a few non-divisional opponents, one of them (as it turns out) that's pretty good, the remainder being lower ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Giants 30, Texans 17: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    So I guess the Texans aren't going undefeated. Damn. Through the first three weeks of the season, it's readily apparent that Bill O'Brien and his staff have made some headway in fixing some of what ailed this team in 2013. However, after Sunday's 30-17 loss to the New York Giants, it's equally appa ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    The 10 Best Texans-Giants Rapper Tweets

    The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day to comment on the home team's gridiron action. And, as in years past, Rocks Off read their tweets more thoroughly and efficien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Falcons-Texans, Preseason Week 2: Five Players To Watch

    Thursday was a "feel good" day out at the Methodist Training Center. It was "Texans for DQ" Day (as officially proclaimed by Mayor Annise Parker), and in honor of Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, who is battling lymphoma back in his home state of California, everyone who is anyone was w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Andre Johnson Reports to Texans Training Camp

    Numerous reports Friday morning indicate that Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has reported to training camp and will begin workouts with the team. This comes amid much speculation that the disgruntled veteran had been present at NRG Stadium early in the week though his agent would not confirm it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Andre Johnson Is Not Walking Through That Door

    If I had to put together a power ranking of my favorite uncles, many of the usual suspects would be on the list. Uncle Leo of Seinfeld fame was a cordial fellow ("HEELLOOOOOO!!"). Uncle Junior Soprano, while he increased Tony's general stress level, was always a guy who made things happen. And I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Arian Foster Baby Momma Alleges He Is Pressuring Her To Abort Pregnancy

    They say to never leave a movie until the credits are done rolling, because nowadays, you might actually miss a bonus scene. In the sad, sports-tragic movie that was Playmakers: Texans 2013, we all assumed that when Matt Schaub threw that final interception of the season (which, along with the inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    One Day Into 2014, The Internet Gives Us Coolest And Lamest Houston Texan Pictures

    For a 2-14 team, the Texans should be plenty newsworthy over the next few months. They have a head coaching search that should officially conclude with an announcement on Thursday that Bill O'Brien is coming to Houston, and they have the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Broncos 37, Texans 13: Last Year's Would-Be Texan Shows Them How It's Done

    It was 16-13 entering the fourth quarter of the Broncos-Texans game at Reliant on Sunday. After three quarters, the Texans actually had a shot of beating the team many believe will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year. Then, Peyton Manning did what he does. He three three touchdowns includi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Happy Gary Kubiak Picture Is a Great Way To Start Your Day

    Nobody likes getting fired, and certainly when people wind up failing at their job, they internalize it in any number of different ways. For example, when current Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni was fired as the head coach of the New York Knicks a few years ago, reports surfaced that he was not ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    12 Things In Houston '93 You'd NEVER See Today

    If I learned anything from the NFL Network's A Football Life: Houston '93 documentary about the 1993 Houston Oilers, it's that sometimes you need to look to the past to realize that our perspective of the present may be a tad warped. All season long here in Houston, the narrative (which has gradual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Ed Reed Gone, The Epilogue: "It All Gets Back To Football"

    "It all gets back to football." -- Gary Kubiak on the Tuesday release of safety Ed Reed After convalescing for a week or so on the heels of a mini-stroke suffered at halftime of the home game against the Colts eleven days ago, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak returned to work on Wednesday to begin pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    The Case For Case: 7 Plays That Justify Case Keenum Staying The Texans Starter

    "I've got to sit down and look at our situation and what's going on right now. Obviously, Matt's our starting quarterback. Case (Keenum) play this week because Matt wasn't healthy. Case went in and played extremely well. I'm going to sit down, we're on a bye week, I'm going to evaluate where we're a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Best of HoustonĀ® 2013: Rest of the Best - Houston Texans Edition

    A lot can change in just over two weeks. Two weeks ago, Matt Schaub was the Texans "best" quarterback. Two weeks ago, Brian Cushing's knee wasn't mangled from a vicious hit. Two weeks ago, Danieal Manning wasn't out with a mysterious "leg" injury. Even Owen Daniels was still playing, though he shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Case Made, Now About That Head Coach

    The Texans went into Kansas City on Sunday afternoon, armed with their pride, an acute sense of urgency and whatever short term effects the energy boost of a change at quarterback would provide, trying to save their season. And after a hard fought 17-16 loss to the undefeated Chiefs, amidst some re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Schaub Remains The Wrong Choice, Even If His Numbers Are More Respectable

    On the surface, Sunday was a step forward for Matt Schaub, the Texans' embattled starting quarterback. Before leaving with a leg injury, Schaub completed 15 of 21 passes for 186 yards, posting a strong QB rating of 98.5 and a solid yards-per-attempt (YPA) mark of 8.9. Respectable, right? Sure. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Seahawks-Texans BATTLE-DRINK: If Schaub Goes Down, We All Go Down

    How do you know when a BATTLE-DRINK Bingo card is hitting its mark? Well, when people are talking about liver transplants, rehab, detox, and a fear that they haven't completely updated their will at the end of the first quarter, that's a pretty good indicator! That's what happened this past weeken ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Ravens 30, Texans 9: Big Plays, Penalties and Offensive Ineptitude Give Baltimore a Blow Out Win

    Greg Gumbel, who called the Texans-Ravens game for CBS said at one point late in the game after the referee tossed his flag, "And another flag." His attempt at sarcasm was well meaning, but the joke was on the Texans Sunday as they fell 30-9 in Baltimore. The two teams combined for 24 penalties (acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Ravens-Texans Week 3 BATTLE-DRINK: Dierdorf Loves Suggs

    Well, either the CBS decision makers have a hell of a sense of humor or they're the biggest trolls in television administration, because less than a year after one of the most tweeted about broadcast performances of the Texans' 2012 season, Dan Dierdorf's Week 7 slurp-fest of a returning-from-Achill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Texans 30, Titans 24: Another Comeback Win, A Kicker Problem and a Rookie Emerges

    Texans fans and players probably can't take this kind of heart-pounding action for an entire season. In only their second game, the Texans managed a comeback win in the fourth quarter against the surprisingly good (at least on defense) Tennessee Titans, 30-24. Quarterback Matt Schaub and rookie wide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: The 10 Best Rapper Tweets From Sunday's Game

    Texans BIIITCH— slim thug (@slimthugga) September 15, 2013 Houston has a professional football team. They are called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them. Some of the people who like them are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media. One of those forms of social medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Gary Kubiak, Replay Ninja" Edition

    Around 8:00 Sunday night (presumably after walking several old ladies across the street and single handedly raising a million dollars in two hours to cure an obscure disease), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this: Nobody said it'd be easy. #FindAWay— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 16, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 26, 2013

    Texans-Saints: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (Governor Christie's Pants Edition)

    They say the third preseason game is the one that's supposed to most closely resemble a regular season game. With most of the starters (the available ones, at least) playing a full half, the game against the Saints Sunday was supposed to give Texan fans a decent glimpse at what's in store for 2013. ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle

    Five Texans players who should make an album.

  • Blogs

    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 19, 2013

    Texans 24, Dolphins 17: Five Things We Learned

    It's not regular season football by any stretch, but we've reached the two preseason weeks where starters appear for more than a cameo and meaningful trends can be deciphered. In the case of the Texans and Dolphins on Saturday night, that comprised much of the first half. For the home squad, result ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Texans-Vikings: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (From What I Saw, Ahem, Channel 13)

    When you're the preseason television flagship for an NFL team, you'd better be on your game because you only get four opportunities to make it count. And let's face it, these aren't your normal broadcasting opportunities. Most fans are watching preseason games just to see how some of the obscure r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Texans Sign First Round Pick As Rookies Report to Camp: Five Players/Positions to Watch

    The Texans got busy getting prepped for camp by signing first round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins to a four-year deal (three years guaranteed) worth $7.62 million including a $3.92 million signing bonus Monday morning. Hopkins is expected to be the second wide receiver and the heir apparent to Andre Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    What Are Walker Lukens and the Side Arms Doing In the Texans' Practice Bubble?

    If you live in Houston and are obsessed with the local pro football franchise (like most people), you might recognize the setting of Walker Lukens' "When I Lost You, Goddamn, I Lost" video, which his people were kind enough to let us premiere right here on Rocks Off. (It's at the top of Page 2.) As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Texans 2013 Draft Class: The Definitive Video Anthology (& Twitter Handles)

    Prior to the draft, at his annual pre-draft press conference, Texans general manager Rick Smith eschewed the idea of drafting for need versus looking for the best values on the board:

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    2013 NFL Draft, First Round: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    All right, it's Friday morning, and either you're hungover from getting destroyed by the Battle-Drink BINGO drinking card for the NFL Draft or you're mentally exhausted from sweating out all the NFL Draft prop bets I shared with you earlier this week. Either way, however shitty you feel is likely my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    2013 NFL Draft: Prop Bets To Keep It Interesting On Thursday Night!

    The NFL Draft has always been an event that's required an incredible amount of patience. With ten minutes between picks in the first round (and for you ADD-afflicted youngsters out there, be glad, it used to be 15 minutes), with the proceedings spread out over three days, and for most of you reading ... More >>

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