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Houston Texans News: November 21, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, November 21, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

J.J. Watt meets J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt was introduced to a horse with a familiar name on Thursday. The McNair’s adopted three horses for the Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol and renamed the horses Texan Star, Cushing 56 and J.J. Watt. This was the first time the players met the horses named in their honor today.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans preview, Week 12 - ESPN
Andy Dalton and the Bengals have some history with Houston, but can they put that aside and beat a red-hot J.J. Watt and host Texans?

Texans report: Blue will make third start if Foster can't go - Houston Chronicle
Running back Arian Foster didn't practice Thursday, increasing the chances he won't play against Cincinnati because of a groin injury that kept him out of the 23-7 victory at Cleveland.

Manning proud to be a Texan - again - Houston Chronicle
Seven months away from the lowest point in his career, the 5-11, 212-pound safety is again a key part of a proud, tough defense that is fighting to surprise the NFL and push further than the Texans ever have.

Greg Cote: Texans’ J.J. Watt working against history in MVP race | The Miami Herald
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is now third-favorite to win this season’s NFL MVP award, based on betting odds that reflect public opinion. Bovada has Watt at 5-1 odds, hardly a hopeless longshot, trailing only Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

Can the Texans Steal the AFC South from the Colts? | Bleacher Report
The Indianapolis Colts are the favorites to win the AFC South, but the Houston Texans are hot on their trail...

Around the League

'Thursday Night Football,' schedule and results: Raiders beat Chiefs, 24-20, for 1st win of the season -
The Raiders jumped out to an early lead and held off a Chiefs comeback in the second half to get their first win of the season.

NFL's British accent: England has a very real passion for "American football," but that doesn't mean the UK wants their own team -
England has a very real passion for "American football," but that doesn't mean the UK wants their own team.

At practice with the NFL's best cornerbacks: Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson -
Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman, meet again this week when the Cardinals visit the Seahawks Sunday. We asked the wide receivers coaches from both teams, who have to face these guys every day, what makes Sherman and Peterson so special.

The Browns offense returns to form -
Brian Hoyer and Co. found their way back to the mean, posting one of the worst offensive performances from Week 11. They still have a long way to go to catch up to the offensive futility of the Raiders.

Breaking Madden: Matt Stafford, as coached by the Internet -
This week in Breaking Madden, we're playing as the Detroit Lions offense. Well, you are, actually. Y'all told me which buttons to push, and when to push them. This is all your fault.

Uffsides: Week 12 NFL preview and picks -
As the playoff races heat up, there are several must-watch games, including Lions-Patriots, Dolphins-Broncos, and Cardinals-Seahawks. Oh, and Monday Night Football, we guess.

Bills vs. Jets, 2014 NFL Week 12 game to be moved - Buffalo Rumblings
When the Bills take on the Jets, it won't be in Buffalo this Sunday.

4 rookies from LSU lighting up the NFL -
It's rare to have more than one offensive skill position player from the same school make a sudden impact in the NFL, but four studs from LSU went wild in Week 11.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros add Torreyes, Feliz, and Velasquez to 40-man roster ahead of Rule 5 draft; leave Gustave, Pena, and DeShields Jr. unprotected - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros finalize 40-man roster before the deadline for the Rule 5 draft. Houston add Feliz, Torreyes, and Velasquez.

The Rockets will be fine, so calm down - The Dream Shake
The Rockets will be just fine

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Horns Drop Iowa in the Garden, 71-57 - Burnt Orange Nation
After a sloppy first half, Jonathan Holmes took over.

Air Raid Playbook: Double Slants - Viva The Matadors
We take a look at the first touchdown of the game against the Oklahoma Sooners, how and why it worked.

TCU Basketball preview: New Orleans - Frogs O' War
TCU looks to continue its momentum tonight in the Big Easy. Grab your beignets.

Our Daily Podcast: LIVE Oklahoma State Preview Show - Our Daily Bears
We're podcasting LIVE at 9:30pm CST. Come join us for fun!

Texas A&M Offensive Scheme Review: Missouri - Good Bull Hunting
A review of the Aggie offense against Auburn and Missouri.

Shooting From the Corner: Iowa Post-Game Thoughts - Barking Carnival
Texas overcomes an ugly first half performance to take out Iowa 71-57