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    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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    November 28, 2013

    A Few Houston Sports Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Since it's Thanksgiving, here are a few things in the Houston sporting world for which I'm thankful. ANDRE JOHNSON Andre Johnson is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Houston Texans. He also has to go on the short list with Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea as the greatest play ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Finally, Gary Kubiak Is Right. It's on Him.

    In between not one but two live NFL games on Sunday night and one cross-country flight on Monday, I had plenty of time these last couple of days to think about the current state of the Houston Texans. And as they sit amid the charred, barely recyclable remnants of what was, at one time, viable Supe ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Why Schaub's Latest Blunder Is His Brad Lidge Moment In Houston

    The beauty and tragedy of sports comes in transcendent, "Where were you?" moments. I remember the apartment and spot on the couch in December 2011 where I watched T.J. Yates find Kevin Walter for an improbable last-second touchdown in Cincinnati, clinching the Texans' first playoff berth. On a trip ... 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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    March 18, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: "Dead Money" Overview

    As a concept, the NFL salary cap is a fairly easy one to understand. Unlike the NBA, with its myriad of loopholes, exceptions, and fine print that allow teams like the Lakers and, well, almost everyone else to zoom past the artificial "cap", the NFL is a simple hard cap. What you spend is what what ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Is Gary Kubiak Going To Be The Next Norv Turner?

    Despite what you heard, the Houston Texans will be playing football on Sunday. Not all of them, maybe. But nine of the guys will suit up and take the field for the AFC in the Pro Bowl. Sure it's not the Super Bowl, but who really cares about the Super Bowl, right? The Texans ended the season on a d ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Grading the Texans Season: The Good, The Bad and The Seriously Ugly

    Ultimately, the 2012-13 Houston Texans season will go down as a disappointment. An impressive 11-1 start gave way to a 1-3 finish, loss of home field advantage and second straight one win and out in the playoffs. Still, there were some bright spots for the team and some of the individual players thi ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Texans-Patriots, The Rematch: Top 5 Ways For This Outcome To Be Different

    We know, we know. The last time these two teams met, the Patriots slaughtered the Texans along the same lines of what Alabama did to Notre Dame earlier this week. That doesn't mean it will automatically happen again. Even in New England. Want evidence? It doesn't take going back very far. In Decem ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Texans-Bengals: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, Playoff Edition

    In the grand scheme of things, none of us really wanted to be there at Reliant Stadium on Saturday. Yes, the NFL is awesome, and we love our Texans, and it was (cue hokey Clay Walker voice) football time in Hoooussston!! But up until the time Christian Ponder was scrambling around the Texans' defens ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Texans 29, Colts 17: Back-to-Basics Approach Nets AFC South Title, Renews Playoff Hopes

    It seems evident that Matt Schaub isn't going to win a shootout with the likes of Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. Perhaps not with Andrew Luck. But if the team's other components execute the way they're designed to, he shouldn't have to. On Sunday, the Texans (12-2) finally returned to their core princ ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Patriots-Texans: Five Reasons a Rematch Could Be Different in January

    The Texans won't tell you it wasn't a disaster. It was. It was not, however, something that's automatically repeatable. Even in a 28-point game, the beatdown on Monday Night Football essentially came down to five plays on which the Patriots were spotted 28 points. With one exception, the Texans we ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    The Houston Texans 2012 All Character(s) Team

    Having a good team requires a mix of straight arrows -- guys like Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, who appear nearly asleep when they aren't slicing and dicing opponents like cold cuts -- and goofballs who keep things light in what can often be a very intense work environment. Throughout the years, Ho ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Texans-Packers: ALL NEW BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Card

    The Texans come back this Sunday night to play the Green Bay Packers on the dreaded "short work week," having just played the New York Jets on Monday night. Much like the players having to summon all of their recuperative powers to be near the top of their game on Sunday, so too must you, the weeken ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Texans 31, Broncos 25: At Long Last, Houston Has Its 3-0 Start (Four Reasons Why)

    Borrowing a famous analogy from Wade Phillips's father, Bum, the Texans have knocked and beaten on the door of the NFL's elite for three straight Septembers. In 2010, a 2-0 start came crashing down in an embarrassing home loss to Dallas. In 2011, they nearly improved to 3-0 before the defense unrav ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Waiver Wire Guide: Where The Texans May Look For Help

    Yes, the Houston Texans had a game last night. Yes, they won (28-24). No, it's probably not worth extensive discussion. Aside from the very small handful battling for the remaining roster and practice-squad slots, there wasn't much to be learned out of the preseason finale with the Vikings. Sean Pe ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Houston Texans: Some Pre-Final Preseason Game 53-Man Roster-tology!

    Thursday night, the Texans' 2012 preseason wraps up with a game against the Minnesota Vikings. The game is meaningful to a couple dozen guys still battling for roster and practice squad spots (and REALLY degenerate gamblers -- seriously, final preseason game gambling is the bestiality porn of the ga ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Houston Texans 2012 Preview Time: Our Bingo/Drinking Game Card, and Are the Texans "The Real" or "The Jobroni"?

    There's a reason why we ridicule Charlie Brown every time he falls for Lucy's tired "No really, this time I promise, I'm going to hold the ball in place while you kick, Charlie Brown!" We do it because we don't think it's humanly possible for people to fall for the same old tricks again (and AGAIN). ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Houston Texans Roster-tology: My Latest 53-Man Roster Guess

    After years of trying to get people's respect, trying to force people to sit up and notice how smart I am, I finally figured out what the secret is. (And I'm so smart that I'm about to share this secret with all of you at no charge!) The secret is this -- just describe whatever it is you do with th ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Houston Texans: Preseason Week Two, 4 Winners and 4 Losers

    When we last saw the Texans play football in our fair city, they were putting the finishing touches on a 31-10 beatdown of the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL playoffs. A week later, the magical ride would come to an end in Baltimore. Since then, some things have gotten better (Arian Foster's income, ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Houston Texans: My Annual Way Too Early Guess at the 53-Man Roster

    On Sunday morning at the Texans' second day of practice of the young preseason, I was hanging out with my co-host John Granato watching the wide receivers go one-on-one against the cornerbacks in pass catching drills when Evan Koch of the Texans media relations team walked by and asked us who we tho ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Texans Draft Preview: Understanding Needs In A Gary Kubiak Offense

    For the first time in years, the first round of the NFL Draft may not be about defense for the Texans. After spending exhaustive resources to rebuild the depleted unit, the consensus among pundits is that Gary Kubiak will use the 2012 draft to add youth to his offensive core -- namely, in the passi ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    A Look Ahead To Texan Free Agency, And Why It Won't Involve Peyton Manning

    It was less than a month ago when I believed the Texans would consider making a play for quarterback Peyton Manning. But on the verge of the NFL's free-agent signing bonanza on Tuesday, it looks as though any Texans' changes will be on a smaller scale -- and rightfully so. It seems clear the Texan ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Texans Offseason Blueprint: Five Moves Needed to Become AFC Favorites

    ​If Sunday's AFC championship proved anything, it's that the Texans with T.J. Yates were a legitimate threat to reach the Super Bowl. The same Ravens that the Texans so thoroughly dominated in Baltimore one week earlier (save mostly-unforced turnovers) had the title in Lee Evans's grasp and o ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Texans 20, Bengals 19: Historic Season Doesn't Have To Stop With Division Title

    Photo by Marco TorresSign of the times​The popular opinion of the 2011 Houston Texans has been that while they were an inspiring story, injuries would prevent them from being a true Super Bowl contender. After Sunday, consider the latest in a long line of Texan myths officially debunked. Whe ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Texans/Bengals -- 4 Winning Plays That Never Would Have Happened in 2010

    T.J. Yates is on a roll.​Sunday morning, about an hour before the Texans and Bengals kicked off, I was driving to the grocery store with my girlfriend Amy to pick up some "Texans watching" supplies -- chips, sandwich paraphernalia, beverages, etc. (Xanax no longer necessary this season.) Unsol ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Texans Celebrate: Twitter Pics From The Locker Room And The Team Plane

    ​It's been a long, long time since Houston has hosted an NFL playoff game -- Newt Gingrich hadn't even become Speaker of the House yet, for crying out loud, when the Oilers choked away a Dome game to the Chiefs in 1993. And the Texans, of course, have given fans plenty of despair and disappoi ... More >>

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    December 11, 2011

    Texans' Last-Second, Playoff-Clinching Win: Yes, It's A Miracle Season

    Get on the bandwagon NOW​You're an underdog down by six on the road with 2:33 on the clock. You've got 80 yards to go, and you're depending on a rookie quarterback making his second start. Plus, you're the Texans, the team that has given Houston years and years of mediocrity and who, just las ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Texans 17, Falcons 10: The Day Gary Kubiak Won The City Of Houston

    Yes we can​One of the major criticisms of Gary Kubiak has been an alleged lack of guts. From his turning away on game-winning field goal attempts to generally conservative playcalling when ahead, Texans fans wondered over the years if he had the killer instinct to win big. But the 2011 season ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Texans/Browns -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresTough day for Colt McCoy​The Texans beat the Browns soundly yesterday by a score of 30-12, and for the first time in the history of the franchise, your hometown team is three games over .500. The Texans have never tasted this rarefied air before, so I don't really know w ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Texans/Jaguars -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresTexans battlefought their way to a win in Battle Red​"I still don't like them, and I have no respect for them at all. It was just the dirty stuff they were doing. I don't want to get into specifics; I just don't like them. . . . I'm not going to get into names or anything ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    In Honor Of Jacoby Jones, 7 Celebration FAIL Videos

    Celebrate responsibly, people​Next man in. That's the old football saying that every coach spits out any time a player at the top of the depth chart gets hurt, basically saying there are no excuses. It's up to the next guy at that position to step in and go to work. Two weeks into the season ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Texans 34, Colts 7: In Role Reversal, Defense Picks Up Offense

    Photo by Marco TorresMatt Schaub encountered the odd concept of relying on his defense.​It took just 12 game minutes for Wade Phillips and his new-look defense to show why this year's Texans could be different from their once-promising predecessors. Matt Schaub wasn't himself early on, air-ma ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Houston Texans Game 1 -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photo by Marco Torres​Yesterday was a great day. The NFL season kicked off, the Texans were at home, and the weather was an unseasonably cool 96 degrees in Houston, perfect tailgating weather if you can deal with pit stains and butt sweat. Oh, and the Texans beat the Colts in the opener for t ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Houston Texans -- Five Things to Watch Tonight Against the Vikings

    At least this shouldn't happen tonight.​It's the final game of the 2011 preseason tonight with the Texans' backups taking on the Minnesota Vikings' backups in the newly inflatable-roofed Metrodome. If you're the Texans, I suppose the good news is that you're traveling to Minnesota in September ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Five Reasons To Watch The Texans Tonight

    It's another big night for you, Matt Leinart​I don't know that there was ever any point during the NFL lockout where I was fearful that we wouldn't have football this season. Still, the specter of the work stoppage that loomed over us throughout thus summer made us at least ponder life without ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Houston Texans: My Way Too Early Guess At The 53-Man Roster

    Everyone's favorite kind of guy​We all have that friend who not only loves to be right, but also loves to point out that they're right and then continuously remind you that he (or she -- yeah, ladies, you're guilty, too!) is right. They'll text, they'll tweet, they'll take screen shots of Spo ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    NFL Lockout's Next Victim -- The Texans Charity Golf Classic

    Play golf with a Texan!! (Ummm, John Schriever, V-P of event management)​If there is one immutable law about the Houston sports fans, it's that we love our football. Football intrigues us unconditionally. Like pizza and sex, even bad football will get consumed (or consummated, as it were). ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Eagles 34, Texans 24: Defense Routinely Awful, But Schaub Also Misses Opportunities

    Matt Schaub: Questions continue to increase​The questions have long been answered as to whether Gary Kubiak is a championship-level coach and if the Texans defense is even at an NCAA-championship level. (No.) After Thursday night, however, another question may need to be asked. Is Matt Schaub ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Where's the Rock?

    106.9 The Zone misses The Point.

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    September 20, 2010

    Houston Texans Turn The Corner -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Neil Rackers -- He's no Kris Brown​I shouldn't enjoy carnage as much as I do, but I have to admit that a few hours after Neil Rackers' 35-yard field goal sailed through the uprights, sending the Houston Texans to an improbable 30-27 overtime win over the Washington Redskins yesterday afternoon, My ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans -- Business Is Good (plus my stab at a 53-man roster)

    Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs!?​At their core, the Houston Texans are a business, just like any other business, and they have customers -- you, the season ticket holders. The Texans have been above .500 for a total of eleven weeks in their history. I mean, let's face it, for the better p ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    GAME TIME: Texans Thursday AM Practice Report (LIVE from New Orleans!)

    Maybe the Texans can get a little Rebirth in NOLA​While on the surface, this is technically a "business trip" for me, it's really hard to call any trip to New Orleans an out and out "business trip." I mean, I spent fifteen years in the corporate world, where "business" meant mind-numbing meeting ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans: Seven Things To Watch In OTA's

    Photo by Mark C. AustinYou can't spell OTAs without Houston!! (And an 'A' from somewhere​My first Cushing-free football blog post in a couple weeks -- now I know how Pedro Gomez felt after Barry Bonds retired. "What the hell am I going to talk about???"Thankfully, the Texans start voluntary organ ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Game Time: Stop Me If You've Heard This Before -- So The Texans Are Going To Tie The Game....

    ​There are certain teams around the NFL where having the national stage all to themselves -- say, on a Thursday night, Sunday night, or especially on Monday night -- is seen as just another day at the office. To teams like the Colts, Patriots, Giants, and a handful of others, the prime-time stage ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Game Time: Texans Battle Titans Tonight In The Most Important Athletic Event In Our's Nation's History

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, I've been to Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them put together." -- Kent Brockman, Channel 6, Springfield (The Simpsons)If you are wondering what "this" was in that quote, it was the Bart Simpso ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Game Time: Kick In The Junk...Wide Left

    ​I woke up Sunday morning thinking that things had to get better. After a week that started off with a right cross from Kobe, a left hook from the Yankees, and a sucker punch in the junk from Notre Dame, I thought surely these events were just karmic balance for what was going to be the biggest w ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    At Long Last, Texans Play According to Plan

    ​For a franchise that has spent its entire existence searching for signs of turning a corner, the Texans on Sunday showed as many as they ever have. On the field, the Texans did what they never seem to do - win big in a game they're supposed to, routing the hapless Raiders 29-6 at Reliant St ... More >>

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