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Houston Texans News: November 5, 2015

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

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Houston Texans news

J.J. Watt: Second half is a new season for Texans - NFL.com
The Houston Texans are just 3-5, but are tied for the best record in the AFC South. J.J. Watt said the second half is a new season, meaning the Texans could go out and win the division.

Houston Texans owner: Rick Smith, Bill O'Brien haven't needed decision - AFC South - ESPN
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is the tiebreaking vote when GM Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien disagree. He hasn't had to use that vote yet.

The 10 Most Surprising Performances from Houston Texans' 1st Half of the Season | Bleacher Report
Houston Texans news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more.

Coach Mike Devlin on changing Texans o-line
Offensive line coach Mike Devlin discusses how Houston's o-line gets a new look each week and lives up to the challenges.

Texans report: Hopkins' rise puts him on path to first Pro Bowl - Houston Chronicle
Hopkins has passed former Texans receiver Andre Johnson for the most receiving yards in his first three seasons with the franchise, amassing 2,806. Benched in the season opener by coach Bill O'Brien, Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer now has an ironclad grip on the starting job.

Around the League

I was dead inside until Todd Gurley saved the Rams - SBNation.com
The Rams haven't been fun to watch in more than a decade, but now they have Todd Gurley.

Why aren't the Browns more like the Bengals? - SBNation.com
Patience, solid drafting and a commitment to staying the course helped the Bengals turn a historically bad franchise into a consistent winner.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for Jets in Week 9 - SBNation.com
Fitzpatrick is the least injured of New York's top two quarterbacks.

Steve Smith out for season with torn Achilles - SBNation.com
Smith was set to retire at the end of the season, which has now been cut short with an Achilles tear.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

The Greatest Seasons In Astros History: Jeff Bagwell, 1994 - The Crawfish Boxes
A new offseason segment to look back at some of the most magical seasons and records in Astros history. The first installment will examine the legendary strike (and injury) shortened season of Jeff Bagwell en route to his -and the Astros franchise's - only MVP award.

Houston vs. Orlando Final Score: Rockets escape Magic with overtime victory - The Dream Shake
The Rockets were able to escape a feisty Orland team behind a perfect night from Dwight Howard.

Texas Longhorns Basketball Non-Conference Preview - Burnt Orange Nation
Texas plays a fun and tough slate of non-conference games.

Jakeem Grant Should be in the NFL Next Year - Viva The Matadors
After a career game against OSU last week, Jakeem Grant shows that he has the skills necessary to be an NFL player this time next year.

Midweek Musing: Gary is obsessed with Baylor. So what? - Frogs O' War
After Patterson asked Holgo about TCU's chances against Baylor, NTU Nation went nuts. Is Gary obsessed with beating the Bears? And if so, is that a bad thing?

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs Auburn - Good Bull Hunting
The Quarterback Circle of Life continues at A&M. It used to be "Get hurt your senior year then replaced by a talented underclassmen who would then go on to get hurt his senior year." Now it is...

Charlie's Choices - Barking Carnival
In the wake of a loss in Ames and an uncertain future, anything is possible.

Vote for the 2015 Dynamo Theory Creamsicles - Dynamo Theory
Voting is now open for the Creamsicles!

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