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Houston Texans News: October 5, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, October 5, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

Once-dominant Texans defense has rude awakening - Houston Chronicle
A defense that had such high expectations before the season put on a pathetic performance at the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons' offense scored five of the team's seven touchdowns and helped build a six-touchdown lead through three quarters.

Texans players, coaches share blame in loss
It was a rough day for the Texans.

Andrew Luck's chances of playing vs. Texans 'no better than 50-50,' per report -
Andrew Luck missed Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and could miss the next one, a Thursday match against the Houston Texans.

Texans Get Smoked By The Falcons, 48-21 | Houston Press
Well, that sucked. From the Ryan Mallett interception on the Texans' first possession of the day to every emasculating Devonta Freeman run between the t...

Jay Prosch playing bigger role than making holes for Houston Texans' offense |
After fullback Jay Prosch got his first NFL carry in his 18th NFL game on Sept. 20, a reporter asked Houston coach Bill O'Brien if he'd consider using the former Auburn standout at running back with the Texans dealing with injuries at the position.

Foster's return to lineup solves little for Texans - Houston Chronicle
Teammates laud running back's return, but defeat painful regardless ATLANTA - Texans running back Arian Foster encountered unexpected interference when he was inadvertently stripped of the football by a teammate during a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the Georgia Dome.

The Texans Are Very Bad, And It All Started Week 14 Of 2012
On the morning of Dec. 10, 2012, the 12-1 Houston Texans were the cream of the crop in the AFC and they were not afraid to flaunt it. In fact, they were so...

Houston Texans eager to move past loss to Atlanta Falcons - AFC South - ESPN
In a short week before playing the Colts on Thursday, the Houston Texans will have to figure out how to minimize their turnovers.

Texans get blown out; Shorts gets hurt on final play | ProFootballTalk
The Texans trailed 42-0 Sunday when Bill O'Brien benched quarterback Ryan Mallett and replaced him with Brian Hoyer. It was a change O'Brien said he made because at that point something had to change. The Texans showed up flat and got run off the field.

Hoyer replaces Mallett, Texans lose big to Falcons | FOX Sports
Brian Hoyer replaces Ryan Mallett at quarterback, Texans lose big to Falcons in Atlanta.

Around the League

Even NFL kickers couldn't spoil Drew Brees' big night -
Sunday Night Football was a blast thanks to Drew Brees' late-game heroics in a wild finish against the Cowboys.

Clay Matthews yells 'YOU AIN'T RUSSELL WILSON' at Colin Kaepernick -
Colin Kaepernick probably doesn't want to be compared to his division rival. Especially not like this.

This shirtless man caused the Saints to miss a game-winning field goal -
Game-winning field goals and big bellies!

NFL kickers are having a terrible Week 4 -
Forget extra points, NFL kickers are struggling with field goals all over the field this season.

Saints DB Delvin Breaux went from a broken back to football's backwaters to the NFL -
Delvin Breaux went from a broken back to football's backwaters to the NFL, all in New Orleans

Devonta Freeman turned the Falcons' offense into a juggernaut -
Devonta Freeman and Kyle Shanahan have Atlanta's offense scoring in bunches.

Saints catch Cowboys napping for game-winning 80-yard touchdown -
A huge defensive breakdown by the Cowboys in overtime led to the Saints' first win of the season.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

2015 MLB Playoffs: Astros clinch American League Wild Card spot - The Crawfish Boxes
Houston is heading to the postseason.

Cummings, Smith, Livingston, Walker, and Tyler in contention for the 15th roster slot - The Dream Shake
Who will make the cut for the final roster spot? The speedy point guard from Temple, the 22 year old Houston native, the explosive big man who has already been on three NBA teams, or the 400 pound nose tackle?

Texas Longhorns suffer another embarrassing loss to the TCU Horned Frogs, 50-7 - Burnt Orange Nation
From Mack Brown to Charlie Strong to the assistants to the players themselves,

Baylor Steamrolls Tech 63-35 - Viva The Matadors
Penalties and turnovers undo Tech's chances in loss.

Three Up, Three... Up?: TCU Slams the Door on the Horns - Frogs O' War
After completely annihilating the Horns in Fort Worth, there's not a down to be had in Funky Town. So let's celebrate some of the best performances of the day instead.

Baylor Opens as 38-Point Favorite over Kansas in Lawrence - Our Daily Bears
At the time of this writing, it is the highest spread on the board.

3 Things We Learned: Mississippi State - Good Bull Hunting
The Aggies are a better team than they were last year. Kyle Allen and John Chavis are a big reason why.

Shooting From the Hip: TCU 50, Texas 7 - Barking Carnival
The Horns get Anton Chigurh'd in Cowtown.

Memphis Tigers Ranked #25 in the Coaches' Poll - Underdog Dynasty
After a rough couple of weeks for the underdogs, 5-0 Memphis appears at #25 in the coaches poll, just behind Boise State at #24. Meanwhile, Hustle Belt brethren Toledo is at #25 in the AP Poll.

Dynamo Lose to FC Dallas 4-1 - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo have now been swept by FC Dallas in the Texas Derby this season and their playoff hopes are getting awfully, awfully small.