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Houston Texans News: December 26, 2014

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, December 26, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut to remain with Texans - Ultimate Texans
Andre Johnson came closer than ever to parting ways with the Texans last offseason.

Texans QB coach: ‘Arian has lobbied every day to be quarterback’ - Ultimate Texans
J.J. Watt insists he never lobbied Bill O’Brien to allow him to play tight end in goal-line situations.

Defense helps keep Texans' playoff dream alive - Houston Chronicle
The Texans would not remain in playoff contention or in position to finish 9-7 one season after they were the NFL's worst team if not for a remarkable renaissance by the defense.

Defense helps keep Texans' playoff dream alive - Houston Chronicle
The Texans would not remain in playoff contention or in position to finish 9-7 one season after they were the NFL's worst team if not for a remarkable renaissance by the defense.

To make playoffs, Houston Texans need help from Chiefs and others - ESPN
The playoff picture for the Houston Texans is not especially pretty as they need help from other teams to get in.

Around the League

NFL picks, Week 17: Chargers control their own destiny - SBNation.com
Can the Lions upset the Packers and win the NFC North? Who has the edge in the win-or-go-home matchup between the Falcons and Panthers for the NFC South title? Our experts pick those games and the rest of the Week 17 slate.

NFL referees are getting worse - SBNation.com
A Week 16 taunting call against the Steelers highlights just how arbitrary and potentially costly bad officiating is getting in the NFL.

Punt Brothers invites Canada to the Pro Bowl - SBNation.com
At least for 54 minutes!

Michael Sam tells Oprah multiple gay NFL players thanked him - SBNation.com
Sam participated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey where he states that multiple gay NFL players reached out to him to thank him for coming out.

NFL strikes a deal with Facebook to share video highlights | The Verge
The NFL has agreed to a deal with Facebook to allow video clips of NFL games and content on the social network, according to The Wall Street Journal. The NFL will begin posting highlights and...

Houston & Collegiate Sports

All I want for Christmas is Craig Biggio or Jeff Bagwell in the Hall of Fame - The Crawfish Boxes
Dear Santa, please bring me an enshrinement for Christmas

Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets look to avenge a terrible loss to the Grizzlies the last time they were in Memphis.

Texas Basketball Report, 8.2: Second Half Wish List - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns fell to Stanford Tuesday night, but it's not too late to make a Christmas list of things we want for the second half of the season.

Texas Tech Hoops | Home Court Advantage - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders are undefeated at home, but have lost every game played outside of Lubbock this year. Is that a reason for concern?

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl First Look: Ole Miss Rebels - Frogs O' War
Ole Miss beat Alabama and MIssissippi State, but finished behind them in the SEC West. It's how we know big wins don't tell the full story of a season, but what's that story for the Rebels?

The Best of Baylor Christmas (So Far)... - Our Daily Bears
Baylor Nation showed up big for Christmas this year with green and gold presents galore. Here are a few of the best.

Dave Christensen set to join the Texas A&M Coaching Staff - Good Bull Hunting
On Thursday, reports surfaced that Utah offensive coordinator and former Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen will join the Texas A&M coaching staff as offensive line coach.

Arkansas vs Texas Advanced Stats Preview: Texas Delenda Est - Arkansas Fight
Razorback fans are kindred spirits with great Roman orator and Senator Marcus Porcius Cato, also known as Cato the Elder. It makes sense, I swear.

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