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Houston Texans News

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt nominated for the fourth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA
Teams nominated players, coaches, personnel and alumni who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.

First look: Bengals vs. Texans
The Bengals are coming off an impressive 27-10 win at New Orleans that vaulted them back into first place in the AFC North and will try for a second straight win on the road to stay in first.

Texans' upset win creates playoff possibilities - Houston Chronicle
With a victory over the Bengals, a four-game win streak is doable, and the postseason becomes viable.

Texans Telestrator: Cincinnati Preview
John Harris (Texans analyst) is joined by head coach Bill O'Brien as they break down some Cincinnati game film ahead of the upcoming Texans vs. Bengals game.

Stats show Houston Texans' quick pace suited QB Ryan Mallett well - ESPN
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett's hands were quicker than any other quarterback in the league in Week 11.

Browns waive former Texans RB Ben Tate
The Browns have waived disgruntled running back Ben Tate, who had just two carries in Sunday's loss to Houston, his former team.

Around the League

Explaining Adrian Peterson's suspension and what it means for his future -
Adrian Peterson has been denied reinstatement by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. What does this mean for the Peterson, the Vikings, fans and the NFL at large?

Breaking Madden Roster Cuts: Yellin' at Maya Angelou -
Did you tell a story awkward enough to land yourself a roster spot in this week's Breaking Madden? Well goodness, I certainly hope not. Here are the 19 Twitter players who find themselves in Week 12 of this nightmare.

'Super' Mario Williams is the Hoss of the Week -
Williams did everything he could to give the Bills a chance to win last week even though they didn't. It was still enough to earn the Hoss of the Week award from retired NFL player Stephen White.

The Manning family and their many interceptions -
Imagine if the Mannings ate two percent of all burritos consumed in the US, except instead of burritos it's NFL games with more picks than touchdown passes. Allow this week's Post-Mortem to explain.

NFL power rankings, Week 12: Packers, Chiefs move up while Broncos, Lions slide -
The top five looks a lot different this week after big wins by Arizona, Green Bay and Kansas City.

Saints could win the NFC South with a 7-9 record -
Grantland's Bill Barnwell calculated the playoff odds for each team in the NFC South. The results were depressing.

The Fantasy War Room: Week 12 preview and positional rankings -
Nick and Matt preview the best plays and sleepers for Week 12, reflect on the best and worst of the holiday season, and generally go off the rails in the usual way.

Steve Young thinks RG3 doesn't work hard enough -
Steve Young chimed in on the Robert Griffin III situation in Washington. It wasn't nice.

Adrian Peterson suspended for 'at least' the rest of the 2014 NFL season -
The former MVP will not be back on the field in 2014.

Steelers release LeGarrette Blount -
The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount, who was reportedly unhappy with playing time.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros and Alex Presley agree to one-year, $1 million contract; avoid arbitration - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow announce they have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with outfielder Alex Presley to arbitration.

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets and Lakers play tonight in Houston, but I think we all know that the Rockets are absolute trash and this preview will prove it to you.

Report: SEC/Texas A&M want to avoid Horns-Aggies Texas Bowl - Burnt Orange Nation
And so it begins...

Red Raider Gridiron: Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury Learns from 2014; New Players at Bandit - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is learning lessons from a rough 2014. Safeties coach Trey Haverty says that there will be new players at the Bandit linebacker position in 2015.

TCU Horned Frogs Drop to No. 5 In College Football Playoff Rankings - Frogs O' War
Despite a poor showing against Kansas, the Frogs still remain ahead of Baylor in the College Football Playoff Rankings.

Baylor Offensive, Defensive Stats through Week 13 - Our Daily Bears
Time to channel my frustration with the CFB Playoff Committee to something worthwhile, a recap of Baylor's offensive and defensive stats!

"Here." - Good Bull Hunting
The collapse of Bonfire in 1999 changed the nature of Texas A&M forever.

The Texas Longhorns coaching staff wants to play Texas A&M in a Bowl Game - Barking Carnival
Do you?