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Houston Texans News: December 22, 2014

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, December 22, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

J.J. Watt turns up the volume as Texans defense dominates Ravens - Baltimore Sun
With eight tackles and four hits of quarterback Joe Flacco on Sunday, J.J. Watt showed why he might be the best defensive player in the NFL.

Mike Preston: Not the homecoming the former Texans envisioned in Ravens' loss - Baltimore Sun
Gary Kubiak, Owen Daniels and Justin Forsett of the Ravens see their playoff hopes seriously damaged by their former team.

Texans can make playoffs, IF...
The Texans can make the 2014 NFL playoffs with a win and some help from other teams.

Mike Preston grades the Ravens' 25-13 loss to the Texans - Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston delivers his grades on the Ravens' game against the Houston Texans in Week 16 of the 2014 NFL season.

Looking ahead to Texans’ must-win game against Jaguars in Week 17 - Ultimate Texans
For the third time in four seasons, the Texans can talk playoffs entering the last game of the season.

J.J. Watt of Houston Texans, Dikembe Mutombo talk finger wag - ESPN
Before the Texans faced the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium on Sunday, former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo was caught in what looked like a finger-wag lesson with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

Texans' defense playing its best at a critical time - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
HOUSTON -- When the Houston Texans' defense took the field on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, it carried the weight of a franchise's playoff hopes.

J.J. Watt, Texans all-time sack leader
J.J. Watt is now the Texans' all-time sack leader with his first sack of Sunday's game against Baltimore.

Around the League

NFL scores, news and highlights: What happened Sunday in Week 16 - SBNation.com
The playoff picture got a little clearer this week, but we're in for a wild finish. Here's every thing you need to know from Week 16.

Watch Marshawn Lynch run for the best touchdown this season - SBNation.com
How is this possible?

NFL playoff picture 2014: Seahawks win puts NFC order up for grabs - SBNation.com
With wins by the Cowboys and Seahawks, the NFC playoff picture got a little more settled on Sunday.

Jimmy Clausen's Week 16 performance raises new questions for the Chicago Bears - SBNation.com
Jimmy Clausen had a solid day in relief of Jay Cutler. And now we have even more questions about what Chicago may or may not do with their starting quarterback and head coach once the season ends.

Rams, Giants fight after Odell Beckham Jr. takes issue with hits - SBNation.com
The talented Giants rookie was the recipient of several possibly late big hits towards the sideline, and after he got in the faces of the players who tackled him, fights broke out.

Falcons vs. Saints 2014 final score: What we learned from Atlanta's 30-14 win - SBNation.com
A pair of late turnovers sealed an Atlanta win and knocked the Saints out of the playoffs.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Super Astros Crawfish Boil: December 21, 2014 - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros news and notes from the past week.

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets welcome the Trail Blazers to the Toyota Center for the first time since Portland beat them in the first round of last year's playoffs.

Texas Longhorns recruiting: What pledges of Malik Jefferson, DeAndre McNeal mean for Horns - Burnt Orange Nation
Breaking down the implications of the two pledges on the field, on the recruiting trail, and for Charlie Strong.

Four Additional Texas Tech Quarterback Targets - Viva The Matadors
With the decommitment of Jarrett Stidham and Ben Hicks choosing SMU, we consider four additional possibilities at quarterback for Texas Tech.

Daylon Mack puts TCU and LSU in his Top 2. - Frogs O' War
The Five Star DT from Gladewater narrows it down to the Frogs and Tigers.

Baylor Football Recruiting Needs and Way Too Early 2015 Position Previews - Our Daily Bears
How many cornerbacks or safeties do we really need in the 2015 recruiting class? How about linebackers or offensive linemen? Have you ever really thought about it?

A&M revs up uniforms for Liberty Bowl - Good Bull Hunting
VROOM! VROOM!

Daylon Mack's Coal In The Stocking on Malikmas: TCU and LSU current favorites - Barking Carnival
Malik Navidad got a small lump of coal in the stocking today when Gladewater DT Daylon Mack released his top two schools - and Texas wasn't included. My top two schools are LSU and TCU #...