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Hhhhmmm...I wonder what I would need to do to start quarterback too.
Hhhhmmm...I wonder what I would need to do to start quarterback too.
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Houston Texans News

Bill O’Brien on Texans two biggest concerns
Less than 24 hours after a devastating 30-23 loss at Pittsburgh, head coach Bill O’Brien still had confidence in his team, one that he firmly believes is still mentally tough.

Texans Prove to Be Playoff Pretender in Disappointing Loss to Steelers | Bleacher Report
Three weeks later, the Texans are 3-4 and find themselves adrift on the outskirts of the playoff picture after three losses that were not as close as the scores indicated.

Houston Texans handcuffed at QB with Ryan Fitzpatrick at helm | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Houston Texans certainly know he's not the future, but is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick even the present?

Texans fantasy football recap: Arian Foster is still king in Houston - SBNation.com
The Houston Texans are on a three-game losing streak courtesy of another loss on "Monday Night Football" to the Pittsburgh Steelers. We break down the fantasy implications.

Steelers' defense rebounds after shaky 1st quarter, forces Texans into mistakes | TribLIVE
As an angry crowd bemoaned the Steelers' lackluster effort in the first quarter on Monday Night Football at Heinz Field, safety Mike Mitchell figured the defense had to play with a sense of urgency.

Mike Tomlin Pleased With Win Over Texans, Sees Room For Improvement " CBS Pittsburgh
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the teams win over the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football and voiced how pleased he was with his team's performance.

Texans focused on eliminating mistakes | FOX Sports
Texans focused on eliminating mistakes.

Clowney "feels good", will practice this week
Head coach Bill O'Brien gave an update on Jadeveon Clowney and when he'll likely return.

Antonio Brown tweets image showing he had two feet down in the end zone - Behind the Steel Curtain
An image floating around on Twitter appears to show Brown got both feet in bounds on a touchdown catch that was overturned after review in the Steelers' 30-23 win over the Houston Texans Monday.

Colorado, UCLA, SJSU and Navy will honor Houston Texans OL David Quessenberry, who is battling cancer | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: All four programs have a tie to Quessenberry and all play each other this weekend.

Around the League

Breaking Madden Roster Cuts, Week 8: A Big Gulp full o' poop - SBNation.com
In total, 12 of you will be featured in this week's Breaking Madden. If you're one of them, I'm sorry. Let's talk about the worst days at work we've ever had.

Ray Rice files grievance against Ravens, claims wrongful termination - SBNation.com
The former running back is also awaiting a hearing to appeal his suspension from the NFL.

The Jets want Percy Harvin to be himself - SBNation.com
Acquiring Percy Harvin was a relatively low-risk move that could pay big dividends for the struggling Jets. They also made it clear to him that it might be the last chance he gets in the NFL.

Everson Griffen earns his first Hoss of the Week - SBNation.com
The Minnesota Vikings pass rusher brought down Kyle Orton three times last Sunday, earning Stephen White's Hoss of the Week Award for Week 7.

Cowboys waive Michael Sam - SBNation.com
The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with the former Missouri defensive end, according to the team's web site.

NFL power rankings, Week 8: Broncos, Cowboys still on top - SBNation.com
Coming off a 42-17 win, Denver remains on top in the latest power rankings. Things have not gone as well for a couple of preseason Super Bowl favorites who have now fallen out of the top 10.

It's time to quarantine the NFC South - SBNation.com
SB Nation's Department of Football Epidemiology has issued several travel alerts this week, starting with the NFL's worst division.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Minors: Solid Lancaster JetHawks pitching staff survives desert in route to championship season - The Crawfish Boxes
A solid Lancaster pitching staff helped secure a second league championship for the club

Rockets impress in preseason loss to Heat, 95-90 - The Dream Shake
The game doesn't count, so we just want to enjoy how awesome the Rockets' superstars look.

Mack Brown gives first in-depth interview since leaving Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
Brown talks candidly with sports-glutton.com about his time as the head coach at UNC and Texas.

The Education of Pete Robertson - Viva The Matadors
The former high school quarterback has, fairly or unfairly, been the unofficial poster-boy for the much maligned Red Raider defense this season. His improved play in the last three games has been striking, and bodes well for the future.

Game Week: Texas Tech Comes To Play - Frogs O' War
In what's becoming a very solid rivalry Texas Tech comes to Fort Worth, as the Frogs look to get their first win over the Raiders since joining the Big 12.

Big 12 fines Baylor SID $1,000 for commenting on its heavily flagged game - SBNation.com
That seems like a bit much.

Elijah Thomas Commits to Texas A&M - Good Bull Hunting
We run this state in basketball recruiting.

Charlie Strong Era A Failure: Lacks YOLO And Positive Energy - Barking Carnival
Corey the Intern is back. And he's putting Longhorn Nation on blast.