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Houston Texans News: September 22, 2014

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

Lechler for quarterback. He's rested.
Lechler for quarterback. He's rested.
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Houston Texans News

Giants Thrash Texans and Shake Off Gloom -
The Giants played proficiently against Houston, with the new-look offense running the ball more effectively and the defense forcing three turnovers.

Texans suffer first loss of season, falling 30-17 to the Giants - Ultimate Texans
The Texans found out during the pre-game warm-up Sunday that they would be without running back Arian Foster, whose hamstring issues resurfaced this week after two workhorse efforts in Texans victories to open the season.

New York Giants' O-line gets better of J.J. Watt, Houston Texans - ESPN New York
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants were sick and tired of hearing about J.J. Watt. So they did something about it.

Shane Lechler makes Texans history with fake punt
Shane Lecher's was the first pass completion by a punter in Texans franchise history.

Nearly everyone wins blame game as Texans falter - Houston Chronicle
The Texans had so much blame to distribute for their wretched performance Sunday at MetLife Stadium that it would be unfair to single out coach Bill O'Brien and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, two of the primary culprits.

Texans fall to Giants
The Texans lost their first game of the 2014 season to the New York Giants, falling 30-17 at MetLife Stadium.

Ryan Fitzpatrick's old demons return in Houston Texans' first loss - ESPN
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- He made the declaration surely and steadily, though it was one with which his head coach and several teammates disagreed.

Around the League

Denver vs. Seattle final score: 3 things we learned from a wild Broncos-Seahawks game -
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were able to outlast a tough Denver defense and Peyton Manning in a huge September win for Seattle.

Drew Brees gets suplexed, tries to start a fight -
The Saints quarterback was none-too-please with getting ragdolled around the field.

Eagles-Washington brawl after Nick Foles hurt -
Both teams were involved in a huge brawl with multiple ejections.

Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas dies in car accident - Music City Miracles
Terrible news.

Here's the report the Ravens and the NFL feared -
A report by Outside the Lines claims Ravens executives were given a detailed report of the second Ray Rice video and were granted leniency from Roger Goodell as a "favor."

Adrian Peterson not expected to return to Vikings, per report -
Chris Mortensen says a team source doesn't envision the star running back to return after being indicted on child abuse charges.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 8, Mariners 3: Astros Continue to Spoil the Mariners' Fun in MMP Finale - The Crawfish Boxes
McHugh, Altuve, Marisnick key series win for Astros in home finale.

Will the Texas Longhorns gain bowl eligibility this season? - Burnt Orange Nation
The journey to six wins appears much more difficult now than it did two and a half weeks ago.

VIDEO: John White Earns Scholarship - Viva The Matadors
Known by his teammates as J-White, the junior defensive back is just one of the latest in a long line of Red Raider walk-ons to earn a scholarship on the Texas Tech Football team.

Watch It Again: TCU vs. Minnesota - Frogs O' War
The Horned Frogs took on the Golden Gophers in their second game of the 2014 season. Led by Tevone Boykin and a stellar defense, the Frogs handed Minnesota a 30-7 loss.

Trench Warfare: Buffalo - Our Daily Bears
Baylor tested its chops on the road for the first time this season. Did the Baylor blockers rise to the occasion?

4-0 baby.

How Does Texas Improve During Bye Week? Part I: Offense - Barking Carnival
Texas has some questions to be answered. Is the trajectory for this team up or down? What factors will determine that?