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Houston Texans News: December 21, 2015

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Houston Texans news

Colts' season encapsulated in loss to Texans
Battle of the backup quarterbacks goes to Houston 16-10.

NFL playoff picture: Four more spots secured in Week 15
Texans and Chiefs are surging in the AFC, while Cardinals wrapped up the NFC West title.

DeAndre Hopkins drops F-bomb, swears at ref during the Texans' win -
A ref's hot mic will catch anything that anyone says.

Texans Playoff Chances: Scenarios, & Matchups Week 15 |
The Texans control their destiny with two weeks left in the season.

Texans talk about "What's next" in 2015
The win at Indianapolis vaulted the Texans back into first place in the AFC South.

Texans rookie receiver Strong surfaces with crucial TD catch - Houston Chronicle
INDIANAPOLIS - Texans rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong bolted across the backfield to his right during the fourth quarter Sunday, pretending initially he was going to block blitzing Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden.

Around the League

NFL scores and more, Week 15: What happened on Sunday -
Another wild Sunday is in the books. Danny Kelly walks you through all the action and arms you with some water cooler talking points.

Odell Beckham Jr. couldn’t keep his composure and the Giants couldn’t help him -
The Giants were looking for an emotional spark to help get their season back on track. Odell Beckham Jr. gave them one, but it became something more than Tom Coughlin was willing to contain.

NFL scores 2015: Follow all the Week 15 action from Sunday -
Week 15 features just one game between teams with winning records, but has some important matchups anyway thanks to the terrible AFC South and NFC East.

NFL playoff picture 2015: Bengals, Seahawks clinch postseason spot, Broncos come up short -
The Bengals and Seahawks will be playing in the postseason, but the Broncos will wait once again to punch their official ticket into the playoffs.

2016 NFL Draft order: Chargers move down with win, Titans hold on to No. 1 -
San Diego's win on Sunday moved them down from No. 2 to No. 3 in the draft. That moves the Browns up to No. 2 while Tennessee holds onto the top pick.

Chargers fans and players treated Sunday's game like it was their last in San Diego -
Emotions ran high in Qualcomm Stadium with relocation looming for the Chargers.

Only a cast can stop J.J. Watt (and even that's iffy) -
It looked like the Texans' all-universe defensive lineman was a lock for the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year award until he broke his hand and went two straight games without a sack. Does that open the door for another defensive player to take home the award?

Odell Beckham Jr. should be suspended for this disgusting dirty play -
This is gross.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Starting Nine: Astros Ken Giles trade (redux) - The Crawfish Boxes
The Crawfish Boxes reacts to the Astros' official trade sending Ken Giles from Philadelphia to Houston.

Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets game preview - The Dream Shake
Jeremy Lin returns to Toyota Center as a member of the surging Charlotte Hornets.

Isaiah Taylor's 26 points carries Texas in ugly win over Stanford 75-73 - Burnt Orange Nation
Texas survives late push behind Isaiah Taylor's heroics.

Dr. Strangekliff or How I Stopped Worrying and Love Transfers - Viva The Matadors
We take a look at why transfers suck, but there really is no reason to worry.

TCU Basketball Preview: Abilene Christian - Frogs O' War
After a renovation project that cost nearly $80 million and took 19 months to complete, the Frogs will open the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena this afternoon with a contest against the Abilene...

Texas A&M Beats Down Baylor 80-61 - Our Daily Bears
The Aggies jumped out to an early 13-2 lead in the first 4 minutes. The Bears trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

Aggies destroy Bears 80-61 at Reed Arena - Good Bull Hunting
#24 Texas A&M blitzed #16 Baylor from the word go, pushing the lead as high as 29 points in their best effort of the season. This is a dangerous basketball team.

Sterlin Gilbert at Texas: A Q&A - Barking Carnival
Checking under the hood of the new Longhorn Offense.

Three AAC Programs Ink JUCO Players During Signing Period - Underdog Dynasty
With Conference USA signing over 40 players from the JUCO ranks, most of the AAC went a different route. Only Houston, Memphis, and Cincinnati took advantage of the JUCO signing period with a combined 10 signings.

RGVFC Officially Land Lucatero & Flores - Dynamo Theory
The RGVFC Toros officially have two players on their roster, Juan "Charly" Flores and Christian Lucatero.

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