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Houston Texans News: November 6, 2014

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans name Ryan Mallett starting quarterback; Ryan Fitzpatrick benched - Ultimate Texans
Ryan Mallett is the Texans’ new starting quarterback.

Bill O'Brien tabs Ryan Mallett as Texans' starting QB - NFL.com
The Houston Texans have seen enough of Ryan Fitzpatrick. They want to get a look at Ryan Mallett now.

Houston Texans switch to Ryan Mallett as starting quarterback - ESPN
Ryan Mallett will replace Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback of the Texans, coach Bill O'Brien announced Wednesday.

Arian Foster of Houston Texans set to return after bye week - ESPN
Texans running back Arian Foster plans to play against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday, Nov. 16, after Houston's bye week.

Texans demote likable 'underdog' Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Chronicle
That is the flavor of what I have received from many Texans fans all season. Poor Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Texans QB Ryan Mallett: Tom Brady Taught Me How To Be A Professional | NFL | NESN.com
Ryan Mallett has yet to start a regular-season NFL game. Tom Brady has started in 200.

Andre Johnson on QB change: I support both quarterbacks - Ultimate Texans
Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson has hardly prospered during Ryan Fitzpatrick’s nine-week tenure at the Texans’ helm, but his reaction to the Texans’ quarterback change – announced by coach Bill O’Brien Tuesday – was muted.

Texans players show respect to both sides of QB change - Houston Chronicle
The man who ostensibly has the most to gain from coach Bill O'Brien's dice-rolling quarterback change measured his words carefully Tuesday. Having spent 11-plus mostly frustrating Texans seasons trying to take the high road, Andre Johnson wasn't going to go off message on the untested Ryan Mallett's behalf at the expense of the demoted Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Time is right for switching QBs - Houston Chronicle
The timing was right for the Texans to name a new starting quarterback. Time will tell whether he's the right quarterback.

Vandermeer's View: Texans hit reset button at QB
Bill O’Brien and George Godsey have helped Ryan Fitzpatrick operate at the highest quarterback rating and yards-per-attempt numbers of his career. But after a sub 50% completion day against a Philadelphia defense ranked in the bottom third of the league, O’Brien switched QBs.

Around the League

The best and worst of the 2014 NFL season so far - SBNation.com
We're halfway through the NFL season, which means it's time to hand out some awards. Danny Kelly picks the best and worst from the season's first nine weeks.

The best and worst of the 2014 NFL season so far - SBNation.com
We're halfway through the NFL season, which means it's time to hand out some awards. Danny Kelly picks the best and worst from the season's first nine weeks.

An NFL locker room is not a hive - SBNation.com
You know those reports about "alienated" or divided locker rooms? Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White explains why you should read those stories with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Who is the NFL's best defensive rookie? - SBNation.com
Khalil Mack is getting a big push for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but it's another pass rusher out in Minnesota who has done more so far to deserve the recognition and hype.

NFL picks, Week 10: Cowboys, Broncos should bounce back - SBNation.com
Can the Cardinals keep their top spot in the power rankings? Will the Cowboys stop their two-game slide? Our experts give their picks for those games and the rest of the Week 10 slate.

NFL Draft report: Top centers stand out, Andrus Peat steps up - SBNation.com
Auburn's Reese Dismukes and Oregon's Hroniss Grasu are the top prospects at center, and they looked like it Saturday.

This Harrison Smith 'hit' on RG3 is your worst penalty of the week - SBNation.com
When a misapplied attempt to protect the quarterback goes too far and handcuffs the defense, you end up getting Stephen White's worst call of the week.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros acquire Hank Conger - The Crawfish Boxes
The former Angel is headed to Houston for Carlos Perez and Nick Tropeano.

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets look to continue their perfect start to the season and dominance of the Spurs tonight in Houston.

Texas DC Vance Bedford calls alternative uniforms "clown suits" - Burnt Orange Nation
Don't miss the weekly rant from the old-school Longhorns defensive coordinator.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M at Auburn - Good Bull Hunting
The final stretch of the season approaches. Crouched in the long grass ready to pounce. The Aggies, just like the cautious anthropologist, do not heed their own warning and continue on into certain...

Texas Tech v. BYE | Hotspots - Viva The Matadors
From Kevin Fowler to Cher to 2 Chainz, Lubbock is bringing it this weekend.

Five thoughts about CFP Rankings and TCU's No. 6 Spot - Frogs O' War
The Horned Frogs came in at No. 6 in the second College Football Playoff rankings, and with the way things play out the rest of the way, the Frogs are still in solid position to climb.

Week 10 Advanced Stats: The Big 12 Conference - Our Daily Bears
Resurrecting our look into how the Big 12 is shaping up according to FootballOutsiders' advanced statistics.

Texas-Texas Tech: Longhorns Defense Post-Mortem - Barking Carnival
A quick rundown of the game in Lubbock.

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