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Houston Texans News: December 10, 2015

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, December 10, 2015.

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New England Patriots' Bill Belichick compares Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt to Lawrence Taylor
Bill Belichick sees a lot of the same traits in Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as his former pupil, Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.

Patriots - Texans Injury Report | New England Patriots
The New England Patriots (10-2) and the Houston Texans (6-6) announce the following player injuries and practice participation.

Texans injury report: J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney limited in practice Wednesday - Ultimate Texans
Watt has hand injury that's a new listing for him on the injury report.

Patriots Vs. Texans Odds: New England Road Favorites, But Barely | Odds | NESN.com
The New England Patriots will try to end a two-game losing streak that spoiled their bid for a perfect season when they battle the Houston Texans on Sunday night as slim 3-point road betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Texans release depth chart for Sunday Night Football
The Houston Texans (6-6) take on the New England Patriots (10-2) on Battle Red Day presented by Halliburton this Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Texans release video in anticipation of 'Sunday Night...
The Houston Texans released a video in anticipation of the Sunday Night Football game against the Patriots.

Texans report: Belichick lavish in praise of Watt - Houston Chronicle
Belichick spoke nonstop for more than a minute, at one point suggesting Watt has already locked up his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, even if he doesn't play another snap this season.

Presser Points - Bill Belichick: Texans J.J. Watt is L.T.-like | New England Patriots
New England has its hands full preparing for Sunday night’s trip to Houston, especially in dealing with disruptive Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

Around the League

One Last Smile with the Snake: Remembering Kenny Stabler - SBNation.com
"These fans are getting their money's worth today."

The NFL's catch rule is better than you think - SBNation.com
The NFL has done a good job this season of consistently applying its well-found 'catch rule,' even if many fans don't like it.

The NFC East is headed for one of the all-time worst division wreckages in history - SBNation.com
How the hell did it get this bad?

NFL picks 2015, Week 14: Experts favor Cardinals, Bengals and Patriots in pivotal matchups - SBNation.com
With just four weeks left in the regular season, there are plenty of teams still fighting for a playoff spot. SB Nation's NFL panel is here to predict how Week 14 will play out.

Will poor OL play catch up to playoff contenders like the Vikings and Seahawks? - SBNation.com
Teams like the Vikings, Seahawks and Chiefs are finding wins despite poor offensive line play.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Hot Stove: Astros trade four players to Philadelphia for closer Ken Giles - The Crawfish Boxes
After a day of intense speculation, the Astros finally brought in a coveted flamethrowing closer.

Rockets escape Washington with a win behind Harden's 42 - The Dream Shake
The Beard rebounded with a big night to push the Rockets a game away from .500.

Reports: Tulsa co-OC Sterlin Gilbert in Austin visiting Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
Is Charlie Strong moving on from Sonny Cumbie or just exploring his options?

Getting to know Oregon: A Q&A With Their Pac-12 Foes (Part 1) - Frogs O' War
In Part 1, the Beavers, Utes, Huskies and Buffaloes all get their opinions about the Ducks off their chest.

2015 Russell Athletic Bowl advanced stats tale of the tape: Baylor vs. North Carolina - SBNation.com
Advanced stats previewing the Russell Athletic Bowl between Baylor and North Carolina.

A day in the life of Larry Culpepper - Good Bull Hunting
Ice Cold Dr. Pepper here.

Wednesday Funday: Cumbie's Out, Gilbert's Up - Barking Carnival
Texas turns its OC sights to Briles-Style practitioner Sterlin Gilbert.

A Vote of No Confidence in Texas State Athletics Director Larry Teis - Underdog Dynasty
How much public embarrassment do Bobcat fans have to take for necessary changes to finally occur?

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