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Houston Texans News: December 3, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, December 3, 2015.

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Damaris Johnson ‘Familiar’ With Patriots’ Offense From His Texans Days | New England Patriots |
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Damaris Johnson shouldn't experience the same issues most wide receivers have picking up the New England Patriots' complex offense.

Texans DE J.J. Watt, mic'd up: Saints might need a new right tackle |
Watt had two sacks in the 25-6 Texans win

Texans' Hopkins, Bills' Watkins share bond as tight as grips - Houston Chronicle
The friendship between Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and burgeoning Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins rivals their ironclad grip on the football.

Texans-Bills Preview (Dec 2, 2015) | FOX Sports
Houston's defense has it on a winning streak that's kept it in a tie atop the AFC South. Buffalo's is hindering it in its chase for a wild-card spot.

Watt misses practice, appears on Texans' injury report | FOX Sports
Watt misses practice, appears on Texans' injury report.

Texans vs. Bills: 10 things to watch - Houston Chronicle
The Texans are one of the NFL's hottest teams and have played their way back into the AFC playoff picture. The Bills' sputtering offense is catching the Texans' suddenly dominant defense at a bad time.

Texans tackle Duane Brown recognized for giving back to community - Ultimate Texans
Texans Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Duane Brown was recognized with 'Duane Brown Day' in Houston to recognize his involvement in the community.. Buffalo has scored only five touchdowns over the past three weeks, while the Texans have surrendered just two over their last 18 quarters, holding opponents during their 4-0 run to 8.8 points and barely over 250 yards on average.

Around the League

NFL picks 2015, Week 13: Experts unanimously pick Bengals, Cardinals, Broncos and Patriots -
With the playoff race starting to heat up, our NFL experts at SB Nation give their picks in for Week 13.

No NFL player has ever committed a penalty in the history of the game. Seriously. -
There's a difference between a "foul" and a "penalty," and no one seems to use them right.

Browns tab Austin Davis over Johnny Manziel for starting quarterback job -
The undrafted third-year QB has bypassed Johnny Manziel on the depth chart.

Alex Smith and the Chiefs have mastered not screwing up -
The last turnover for the Chiefs came in Week 6 and Alex Smith now has the team in position to make a run at the postseason.

NFLPA says the Rams should be punished for handling of Case Keenum concussion -
The Rams were not punished for keeping Case Keenum in a game after he suffered a concussion, and NFLPA president Eric Winston is asking the league to change its mind.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros non-tender Chris Carter - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros' power-hitting first baseman Chris Carter is now a free agent.

Astros trade catcher Hank Conger to Rays for cash considerations - The Crawfish Boxes
No more robo-Conger.

Dwight Howard passes Ben Wallace for 30th all-time NBA history in rebounds - The Dream Shake
Rockets big man enters NBA history.

Texas Longhorns give two-year deal to Mike Perrin as AD - Burnt Orange Nation
The former interim athletic director understands what it means to be a Longhorn, which made him the perfect candidate to take over the job permanently.

Texas Tech Defeats Sam Houston St. 71-56 - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders are 5-1 and playing well.

TCU Falls to No. 22 SMU, 75-70 - Frogs O' War
TCU battled hard and held a lead late, but they couldn't finish the game.

Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns: The Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears
Taking a look at how the advanced metrics generated by Football Outsiders view the game between the Longhorns and the Bears.

Instant Reaction: #18 Aggie Hoops handles FGCU 75-65 - Good Bull Hunting
Home sweet home.

Texas-Texas Tech: Turkey Day TV Leftovers - Barking Carnival
The Texas-Texas Tech game was the highest rated sports event on cable TV on Thanksgiving - which was the equivalent of being voted hippest attendee at a Star Wars Convention.

Proposed Dynamo Sale Approved by Houston Sports Authority - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo received approval from the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority for the proposed change in ownership.

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