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Houston Texans News: November 4, 2015

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

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No matter the record, Texans could have a shot if they sneak into playoffs - Houston Chronicle
It all comes down to one question: Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty type of person?

J.J. Watt: Texans look at second half as new season | ProFootballTalk
It was much easier to find things to dislike than things to like about the Texans during the first half of their season, but the old saying goes that you are what your record says you are and that means the Texans are a first place team.

Texans place Mancz on IR, swap practice squad running backs | ProFootballTalk
The Texans placed rookie offensive lineman Greg Mancz on injured reserve Tuesday and replaced him on the roster with Eric Kush, who most recently spent time on the practice squad with the Panthers and also spent time with the Chiefs and Buccaneers.

Whitney Mercilus steps out from Jadeveon Clowney’s shadow to keep the Texans defense rolling -
With Jadeveon Clowney injured last week, the Houston Texans found a way thanks to Mercilus' three sacks. That earns him Stephen White's Hoss of the Week award.

Texans notes: Watt using downtime to treat back - Houston Chronicle
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt didn't sugarcoat how his team, despite sharing first place in the AFC South, has underperformed in its 3-5 start.

Texans' injuries require Devlin to put a lot on the line - Houston Chronicle
The hard-nosed personality of Texans offensive line coach Mike Devlin is derived from his roots as a football player and coach's son growing up in Sugar Land before graduating from high school in New Jersey.

Breakfast: Texans wine and dine with fans at Taste of the Texans
What’s better than cheering on your favorite Houston Texans players to victory? Being able to wine and dine with them! Fans got that opportunity at the seventh-annual Taste of the Texans presented by Sysco on Monday night.

Around the League

NFL picks 2015, Week 9: Experts favor Bengals, Patriots, Broncos to stay undefeated -
The SB Nation NFL panel returns with another round of picks for Week 9.

The Colts are the new Browns -
But don't worry, the Browns are just as dysfunctional as ever too.

Colts fire offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton -
Associate head coach Rob Chudzinski will take over offensive coordinator duties for the 3-5 Colts.

Muhammad Wilkerson's advice for big guy touchdowns -
There's a lot you don't know about the New York Jets defensive lineman.

Broncos failed to complete trade for Browns LT Joe Thomas -
Cleveland's stalwart tackle could have protected Peyton Manning's blindside.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros decline option on RP Chad Qualls - The Crawfish Boxes
Today, the Astros announced that they have declined the 2016 option on Chad Qualls' contract.

Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets look to start a winning streak tonight when they take on the Orlando Magic in Houston.

What if... What if Texas HC Charlie Strong does go to Miami? - Burnt Orange Nation
It's crazy talk to think Charlie Strong could realistically go to Miami after this season. But what if it's not?

Clemson, not Ohio State, at #1 in first CFB Playoff Poll; Big 12 left out - Bring On The Cats
If the season ended right now, Alabama would be in and the Big 12 wouldn't.

NCAA Rules 101 - Intentional Grounding - Viva The Matadors
We try to make sense of one of the more misunderstood rulings in football.

The first College Football Playoff poll is out... - Frogs O' War
..and the Frogs are ranked 8th. Don't worry, there's plenty of time left.

Podcast Episode 84: Tepper Strikes Back - Our Daily Bears
Greg Tepper, managing editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football, returns to the podcast to talk about Jarrett Stidham and basically everything else you can imagine.

3 Things We Learned: Aggies vs. Gamecocks - Good Bull Hunting
This Aggie defense has some playmakers.

Texas-ISU Postmortem: Offense - Barking Carnival
Well, that was frightening.

Three Things We Learned from Week Nine American Athletic Conference Football - Underdog Dynasty
Where we find different things to say about "business as usual"...

Report: Cubo Torres being shopped to MLS teams - Dynamo Theory
Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated reports that Houston has begun shopping the Mexican International after a disappointing 2015 season.

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