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Houston Texans News: December 3, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans' playoff chances can't afford upset vs. Jags - Houston Chronicle
The Texans' impressive victory over Tennessee is causing fans to mention the "P word" again.

Texans back J.J. Watt for MVP -
Houston players believe Watt impacts the game more than anyone, even the league's best quarterback.

Texans’ Andre Johnson gives away $16,000 in toys at annual Christmas event - Ultimate Texans
At 8:30 a.m. on his off day, wide receiver Andre Johnson walked into a Toys R Us near NRG Stadium, found the children waiting for him and gathered everyone together.

Jadeveon Clowney of Houston Texans to meet with Dr. James Andrews about knee - ESPN
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will meet with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his surgically repaired right knee, sources confirmed.

Sen’Derrick Marks aims to be the better 99 in Sunday’s Texans-Jaguars game | ProFootballTalk
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has become the best known player currently wearing No. 99.  But there's a chance that, come Sunday, he won't be the best No. 99 at EverBank Field.

Setting the table: Key matchups, players for Texans-Jaguars
The buzz is that the buzz needs to get louder.

DeAndre Hopkins Takes Texans No. 1 Wideout Torch from Andre Johnson | Bleacher Report
DeAndre Hopkins is not your typical No. 1 wideout.

Around the League

15 reasons NFL coaches don't want to become college football coaches -
When NFL coaches leave for college jobs, it's usually because they aren't winning many games anyway. If Jim Harbaugh does it, it'll be because he is an unusual guy.

Know your defensive meltdown -
The Department of Football Epidemiology stresses that not all defensive meltdowns are the same. Also on the slab this week: Pittsburgh's terrible pass defense, a very special Bills team and more.

MVP, Coach of the Year, and many other too-early individual NFL awards -
Coach of the Year: nobody in the NFC South, it turns out!

NFL power rankings, Week 14: Packers are No. 1 -
Green Bay moves into the top spot after an impressive win over the Pats. But the real story is the logjam of 7-5 teams clogging up the middle of the rankings and complicating the playoff race.

NFL playoff picture 2014: Broncos, Colts can clinch a spot in Week 14 -
The Broncos and Colts can become the first teams to secure a ticket to the NFL postseason this Sunday ... but they'll need some help.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Blue Jays have discussed Dexter Fowler, Robertson using the Astros - The Crawfish Boxes
Two more bits of rumor to add to the hot stove season.

Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets look to avenge an early-season loss to the Grizzlies when they host Memphis at the Toyota Center.

How the Texas Longhorns want to close to 2015 recruiting class - Burnt Orange Nation
Looking at the numbers and remaining targets as the Longhorns try to put together a top-10 recruiting class.

Red Raider Gridiron: Big 12 Offers New Initiatives; Patrick Mahomes Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week - Viva The Matadors
The Big 12 announced they would begin offering the cost of attendance and four year scholarships starting in 2015. Freshman QB Patrick Mahomes was named the Big 12 offensive player of the week. Former Red Raider Jerry Johnson passes away.

College Football Playoff Rankings: Frogs Hop Florida State for No. 3 Spot - Frogs O' War
If the playoffs started today, TCU would face off with Oregon in Pasadena on Jan. 1.

First Look: Kansas State Wildcats - Our Daily Bears
Time to start taking a closer look at our final opponent of the regular season: The Kansas State Wildcats

Texas A&M Bowl Projections - Good Bull Hunting
Belk? Independence? Texas? We analyze each possible destination to find Texas A&M's 2014 bowl game.

Texas: It’s Time to Stop Playing on Thanksgiving - Barking Carnival
Texas has been playing football on Thanksgiving is a decades old tradition, but times changes, and this tradition needs to go.