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Houston Texans News: October 30, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, October 30, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Toxic differential: Watch out for Bills, Texans in the second half -
Sammy Watkins' Buffalo Bills and J.J. Watt's Houston Texans might not be getting the respect they deserve. Brian Billick reveals interesting findings from his favorite statistical study, toxic differential.

Former teammates know Watt is up in Texans-Eagles matchup - Houston Chronicle
DeMeco Ryans knew it right away. Connor Barwin figured it out somewhere on the way to admiring a 20½-sack season that earned his buddy Defensive Player of the Year recognition two years ago.

Eagles' DeMeco Ryans facing neighbor, former Houston Texans teammate J.J. Watt Sunday |
Seven members of the Eagles have connections with the Houston Texans but DeMeco Ryans and J.J. Watt are actually neighbors.

Diles on return to Texans: ‘No place I’d rather be’ - Ultimate Texans
Zac Diles is back with the Texans and delighted to be here.

Texans’ Cushing day-to-day; Clowney dealing with soreness - Ultimate Texans
Linebacker Brian Cushing hopes to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles but remains day-to-day, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday.

Around the League

Can Ray Rice Go Home Again?: In his hometown of New Rochelle he is both a hero ... and a pariah -
In his hometown of New Rochelle he is both a hero ... and a pariah.

Jadeveon Clowney still has to play himself into shape -
The No.1 pick of the draft is getting close and will soon be a destructive force for the Texans, but he's not yet there and still working his way back from a knee injury.

The gutsy play that explains the Cardinals' season -
The Cardinals have a strong case as the best team in the NFC, and they're doing it with smart, gutsy plays on the field. John Brown's 75-yard touchdown catch is the prime example, says Danny Kelly.

2 players making the Patriots offense scary again -
Thanks to a stretch-the-field emerging threat in Brandon LaFell and a healthy and happy Gronk, the Pats are lighting up defenses and should have the AFC scared.

Nebraska's Randy Gregory and Ameer Abdullah boost NFL Draft status -
Week 9 of the college football season was a good one for a pair of Cornhusker prospects, as well as Miami running back Duke Johnson and LSU left tackle La'el Collins.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

You didn't like Tal's Hill until it might be going away - The Crawfish Boxes
The decision on Tal's Hill has been a long time coming.

Rockets beat Jazz behind double-doubles from Harden, Howard - The Dream Shake
Another day, another double-digit road win for the Rockets.

Texas Longhorns unveiling new recruiting techniques to attract prospects - Burnt Orange Nation
This is no longer your mom and pop recruiting enterprise.

Texas v. Texas Tech | Home Game Hotspots - Viva The Matadors
A few things to check out this Halloween weekend...

The Frogs O'War Four - Frogs O' War
Last night, the first College Football Playoff poll was released--and TCU was sandwiched between Alabama and Michigan State, sitting comfortably at Number 7. Today, the FoW staff dishes out our own...

Wednesday DBR: Just Keep Winning - Our Daily Bears
Home is coming.

Texas A&M opts for 1989 throwback uniform - Good Bull Hunting
We're gonna party like it's 1989.

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