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Houston Texans News: November 9, 2015

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, November 9, 2015.

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Houston Texans news

Texans owner Bob McNair: 'We're tied for first' - NFL.com
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair remains optimistic about his 3-5 team. Despite not living up to preseason predictions, McNair feels the team is in a good position within the AFC South.

LOOK: Free-agent WR wants to play for Texans so bad, he's begging - CBSSports.com
Free-agent wide receiver Joe Anderson really, really wants to play for the Texans.

Big wins by Colts, Titans force Texans to take notice - Houston Chronicle
The Texans watched and possibly learned something about the AFC South on Sunday when two teams showed their teeth and earned some respect for the worst division in NFL history. The Broncos were favored to beat the Colts, but they suffered their first defeat because they couldn't stop quarterback Andrew Luck, who appeared to be healthy for the first time this season. Luck threw two touchdown passes and didn't seem to be bothered by the rib and shoulder injuries that plagued him earlier this season, which is bad news for the rest of the division. The Texans play another five games before their second game against the Colts, who won the first one 27-20. Because the Texans have never won at Indianapolis, a sweep by the Colts seems assured. Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to the lineup after missing two games with a strained knee ligament and threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns in the 34-28 overtime victory.

Texans encourage LB Mercilus to leave comfort zone on right side | FOX Sports
Texans encourage LB Mercilus to leave comfort zone on right side.

Dealing with adversity on journey to NFL doesn't faze Texans' Blue - Houston Chronicle
Running back stays positive throughout injuries, tragedies The woods directly behind Alfred Blue's grandmother's house in Louisiana featured a large ditch, an inviting obstacle for a burgeoning young athlete to attempt to conquer.

Free agent Joe Anderson is outside the Texans’ stadium begging them for a roster spot | For The Win
NFL free agent Joe Anderson is willing to do whatever it takes to get another shot at making an NFL roster. https://instagram.com/p/9vs5RbGFFp/ The 26-year-old wide receiver went undrafted out of Texas Southern and was picked up by the Chicago Bears in 2012.

The Houston Texans Are Starting Their Due Diligence on Paxton Lynch - Houston - Scout
The Houston Texans Are Starting Their Due Diligence on Memphis redshirt-junior quarterback, Paxton Lynch.

Around the League

Aaron Rodgers destroys the official tablet computer of the NFL - SBNation.com
Here's what Rodgers saw.

The Dallas Cowboys need to cut Greg Hardy, and yet they aren't doing it - SBNation.com
Nobody is forcing the Dallas Cowboys to employ Greg Hardy. They're choosing to do it, in spite of the horrific things we know he's done.

Cam Newton snatched a Packers banner and now the fans want it back - SBNation.com
Newton grabbed the banner prior to the game and now the Packers fans are hoping to get it back.

NFL scores 2015: Follow all the Week 9 action from Sunday - SBNation.com
Coverage of Week 9 begins with a high-profile NFC matchup between the unbeaten Panthers and the 6-1 Packers.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn's decision to kick a FG was so dumb, making it hurt their win probability - SBNation.com
This is one of the worst decisions an NFL coach could possibly make.

Antonio Brown's record game leads Steelers to thrilling win over Raiders - SBNation.com
Brown had a record-setting day against the Steelers and DeAngelo Williams filled in as well as anybody could have for Le'Veon Bell.

Mike Evans dropped more passes this week than anyone else in the NFL in the last 10 years - SBNation.com
It was a really bad day for Mike Evans, despite what the stat sheet says.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros extend qualifying offer to Colby Rasmus - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros have set themselves up to get a draft pick or bring back Rasmus at a steep price.

James Harden, Dwight Howard power Rockets to fourth straight win - The Dream Shake
The two superstars played like it. It was awesome.

Texas Longhorns trounce Kansas Jayhawks, 59-20, after big second half - Burnt Orange Nation
Though the victory was ugly at times, the Longhorns made some critical strides in a needed blowout.

Tech Grounded In 31-26 Loss To West Virginia - Viva The Matadors
Offense struggles against West Virginia's stingy defense.

Three Up, Three Down: We've Been Stillwater'ed - Frogs O' War
The Cowboys had the perfect game plan for TCU, and executed it to perfection.

Baylor Home Favorites Against Oklahoma - Our Daily Bears
The line opened at Baylor (-7) and has moved to (-5).

3 Things We Learned: Texas A&M vs. Auburn - Good Bull Hunting
After encouraging signs a week ago versus South Carolina, it was back to the losing column for the Aggies on Saturday. What did the game tell us?

Shooting From the Hip: Texas 59, Kansas 20 - Barking Carnival
39 minutes of honest effort leads to a 39-point win. I guess that works?

Three Things We Learned from Week 10 American Athletic Conference Football - Underdog Dynasty
Because of course they can.

(Both) McLeods head to Sweden - Dynamo Theory
Goalkeeper Erin McLeod confirms move to Sweden; will not return to Dash for 2016 season.

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