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Houston Texans News: December 4, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, December 4, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Every lineman has to deal with Houston Texans J.J. Watt - ESPN
Every single one of the Jaguars' offensive linemen will have to deal with the league's best defensive player in J.J. Watt at some point on Sunday.

Texans report: Fitzpatrick named AFC Offensive Player of Week - Houston Chronicle
Fitzpatrick was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, following the Texans' 45-21 home victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Texans' defense hopes Bortles is gift that keeps on giving - Houston Chronicle
Will Bortles be the gift that keeps on giving?

Texans’ Graham ‘doesn’t look good’ for Jaguars; O’Brien optimistic for Jackson - Ultimate Texans
Tight end Garrett Graham "doesn’t look good" for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.

Texans’ defense on facing Bortles: ‘Licking our chops’ - Ultimate Texans
The Texans, who play at Jacksonville on Sunday, have forced an NFL-high 28 turnovers, including 15 interceptions. They’re tied for second with plus-11 in turnover differential.

Texans place LB Bullough on IR; promote TE Denham from practice squad - Ultimate Texans
The Texans placed rookie inside linebacker Max Bullough on injured reserve today and promoted rookie tight end Anthony Denham from the practice squad to the roster.

What to Watch: Quick questions, Texans-Jaguars
Senior writer John Oehser preps for the week ahead with five quick questions for Texans-Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville Sunday

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt deserves to be NFL MVP - NFL -
On Pro Football Now, Super Bowl champion Amani Toomer, Sports Illustrated senior writer Don Banks and NFL writer Andrew Perloff debate who they think is the favorite to win NFL MVP.

J.J. Watt backs up MVP talk, says Jags Gus Bradley
Jaguars head coach J.J. Watt discusses why he thinks the defensive end is "extremely deserving" of all the MVP talk.

Garrett Graham's status for Sunday "doesn't look good"
Head coach Bill O’Brien said the starting tight end might miss Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

Around the League

NFL Picks, Week 14: Cardinals' slide continues, Patriots should rebound -
Will the Patriots get back on track with a tough road trip to San Diego? Who wins the key AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Steelers? Our experts give their picks for those games and the rest of the Week 14 slate.

5 ridiculous NFL playoff scenarios -
ESPN's playoff scenario generator is back. Let's get crazy.

Jaguars' Sen'Derrick Marks is Hoss of the Week for wrecking Giants backfield -
The best players on the Jaguars don't get much attention because of the team's struggles, but one defensive lineman rolled through the Giants backfield in Week 13 and became a major part of a comeback that led to the team's second win of the season.

Browns staying with Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel -
The Browns will go with Brian Hoyer for at least one more week, while Johnny Manziel will continue to wait for his opportunity.

Rams DT Aaron Donald belongs in the Pro Bowl -
You might have missed the Rams rookie defensive tackle, but soon enough you'll know all about Aaron Donald. Retired NFL defensive lineman Stephen White makes the case for Donald to be a household name.

Rams' Jared Cook would 'absolutely' repeat 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' gesture -
The Rams tight end was one of five players who participated in the display before the game.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Wednesday's Three Astros Things - The Crawfish Boxes
Talking about Andrew Miller, a Colorado-Seattle potential trade and no one getting non-tendered...

Is Donatas Motiejunas ready to take the next step? - The Dream Shake
Donatas Motiejunas is finally playing big minutes, and finally playing well. Can he keep it up? What does this mean for when the Rockets get healthy?

Could Ohio State QB Braxton Miller transfer to Texas? - Burnt Orange Nation
One national media outlet thinks it could happen.

Red Raiders in the NFL 12.3.14 - Viva The Matadors
It’s December, and many of our guys are hurt, but others are finding their way back on the field. Think a good thought for all of our injured Red Raiders, as we take a look at how everyone else did this week.

Is Tulsa Interested in Doug Meacham? - Frogs O' War
I mean, it's a silly question. Why wouldn't they be?

Baylor vs. K-State: Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears
What F/+, FEI and S&P+ have to say about this Saturday's matchup with the Kansas State Wildcats

Construction resumes at Kyle Field - Good Bull Hunting
Removal of the north facade and west first deck kicks off Phase Two of Kyle Field redevelopment.

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