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Houston Texans News: December 15, 2015

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

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Brian Hoyer of Houston Texans suffers second concussion of season
Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered his second concussion in less than a month during Sunday night's loss to the Patriots, coach Bill O'Brien said Monday.

Hoyer 'doubtful' vs. Colts; Texans expect to start Yates - NFL.com
With Brian Hoyer suffering his second concussion in a month, the Houston Texans are preparing to start T.J. Yates in a Week 15 AFC South tilt against the Indianapolis Colts.

Texans' only focus should be first-place game with Colts - Houston Chronicle
[...] is life in a sad-sack AFC South in which teams are competing with the NFC East to see which division can officially be the worst in the NFL.

Texans could be forced to make playoff push with T.J. Yates again | ProFootballTalk
By rule, someone has to win the AFC South. And it seems oddly appropriate that there's a chance that division will be decided in a duel between T.J. Yates and Charlie Whitehurst.

Danny Amendola Shoves J.J. Watt After Being Bumped By Texans DE (Video) | New England Patriots | NESN.com
Danny Amendola fears no one. The New England Patriots wide receiver caught a pass near the goal line midway through the first quarter of Sunday's game in Houston, and things got a little chippy between him and Texans free safety Quintin Demps.

Offense Disappears In Texans Loss To Patriots " CBS Houston
Playing against arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history it's not completely shocking that the Texans suffered a 27-6 loss to the New England Patriots at NRG stadium Sunday night. That the Texans only mustered 87 yards rushing against New England was certainly frustrating but not that surprising when you consider the Pats were only allowing opponents 99 yards rushing a game, and the Texans were managing just 100 yards a game coming into the game. However, after generating almost 350 yards a game through the air, the Texans could manage just 102 yards passing while allowing six sacks against a Patriot defense that was allowing 241 passing yards a game was hard to explain, and even tougher to accept.

Why The Texans Were Stupid In Loss To Patriots " CBS Boston
One of the most celebrated segments of the Zolak & Bertrand show returned from a two-week hiatus on Monday, as Marc Bertrand and Scott Zolak broke down why the Patriots' opponent was stupid on Sunday night.

Around the League

2015 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Panthers still king while Seahawks, Patriots rise - SBNation.com
More shuffling at the top as the Bengals and Broncos lost key games.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s preposterous footwork was highlighted beautifully by pylon cam - SBNation.com
HOLY CRAP.

Giants vs. Dolphins 2015 final score: New York overcomes late-game curse with 31-24 win - SBNation.com
Odell Beckham was heroic once again. He made sure that the Giants fended off another late-game collapse with big catches throughout the night.

MMBM: The NFL could learn a lot from the American Pharoah debacle - SBNation.com
American Pharoah was robbed of a major award by the PC Police. Here's what the NFL can do to prevent such a travesty.

Steph Curry is Cam Newton's No. 1 fan - SBNation.com
And he should know a thing or two about MVPs!

Patriots clinch AFC East title with Dolphins' loss on 'MNF' - SBNation.com
The Patriots have clinched their seventh straight AFC East title.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros introduce newest bullen arm Ken Giles - The Crawfish Boxes
Don't call him the closer...yet.

Defense dooms Rockets in Denver - The Dream Shake
The Rockets were annihilated by 62 Denver points in the paint, as they fell 114-108 to the Nuggets.

Report: Environment in Texas Longhorns offensive meeting room was "toxic" - Burnt Orange Nation
Huh, dysfunctional dynamics with the Longhorns. Whodathunkit?

Hey Big 12, We Are All In This Together - Viva The Matadors
The Big 12 bowl games will divvy up bragging rights and potentially a whole lot more. Texas Tech and Baylor get the party started on December 29th. Consider this the Big 12 call to arms!

Big 12 Bowl Game Rankings - Frogs O' War
Ranking the upcoming Big 12 bowl games from best to worst.

Briles: "It doesn't look like [Stidham] is going to be ready." - Our Daily Bears
It may be the news that Baylor fans didn't want to hear headed into the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. North Carolina.

Aggie Basketball Forward Elijah Thomas Seeks Transfer - Good Bull Hunting
Highly touted Texas A&M freshman forward Elijah Thomas is leaving the program.

Smart Crootin: Top 50 guard Andrew Jones commits to Texas Longhorns - Barking Carnival
Andrew Jones, a 4* guard from Irving MacArthur, committed to the Texas Longhorns.

Paul Wall is Presenting A Grill To Tom Herman: An Analysis - Underdog Dynasty
I'm giving it to you.

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