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Houston Texans News: December 30, 2015

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Houston Texans news

Jerry Jones stumped by Brandon Weeden's success with Texans
Cowboys owner has no answer for why QB is now thriving after earlier stint in Dallas.

How can the Texans make the playoffs? Let us count the ways |
So the Texans didn't get any help from the Bengals on Monday Night Football, but not to worry. The odds for them to move on into the playoffs as AFC South champs are still quite high.

Texans work out Devon Still | ProFootballTalk
It's the last Tryout Tuesday of the 2015 regular season, and plenty of non-playoff teams are taking advantage of the opportunity to kick tires on guys who could be signed to futures deals after Week 17.

Weeden: We play extra football, Jerry's on his couch -
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was openly disappointed with Brandon Weeden's 0-3 stretch in Dallas. However, a change in fate has Weeden near the playoffs and Jones somewhere else.

Brandon Weeden: Jerry Jones proud of Texans, former Cowboys QB - NFL -
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he’s proud of Brandon Weeden’s success as a member of the Texans.

Chiefs, Broncos or Jets? It's a tough call for Texans - Houston Chronicle
Even if the Texans lose to Jacksonville on Sunday, they are all but guaranteed of winning the AFC South and hosting a playoff game in the wild-card round.

Jaguars vs. Texans: Don't let the starters play a single snap - Big Cat Country
With Gus Bradley coming back for the 2016 season and wins meaning nothing apparently, the Jaguars have zero incentive to play any of their starters.

Around the League

Eagles fire head coach Chip Kelly in midst of losing season -
The Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs after going 6-9 in Chip Kelly's third season.

Rams DE William Hayes dragged the Seahawks back to Earth -
Someone forgot to tell Williams Hayes and the Rams defense that their team had nothing left to play for this season. They ended up beating the hottest team in the NFL thanks to a Hoss-worthy performance from the veteran defensive end.

Jay Gruden has Washington thinking differently -
It's been a bumpy ride, but Jay Gruden's plan is paying dividends.

Ending the Panthers' undefeated season gave the Falcons a jump start on 2016 -
Just two short weeks after being humiliated by the Panthers, the Falcons handed Carolina their first loss of the season. What changed for Atlanta?

Two big reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles released Chip Kelly - Bleeding Green Nation
And now the truth comes out.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 29, 2015 - The Crawfish Boxes
So winter decided to show up in Houston in the final week of the year.

Rockets blow 19-point lead, lose to Hawks 121-115 - The Dream Shake
The Rockets couldn't keep up their first-half pace and crumbled down the stretch in a gut-wrenching loss to Atlanta.

Texas basketball falls to UConn, 71-66 - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns battled until the end, but missed shots and the inability to get stops decided the game.

10 Thoughts - Texas Bowl vs LSU - Viva The Matadors
Bowl games are fun, right?

Countdown: 6th Best Play of the Year - Frogs O' War
A play that sent Amon G. Carter up in flames on a cold and rainy night.

Tweets of the Night: Baylor 2 Kings 2:23-24s UNC 49-38 - Our Daily Bears
Yo, we heard you like Johnny Jefferson, so we put some Johnny Jefferson in your Johnny Jefferson so you can Johnny Jefferson while you Johnny Jefferson.

INSTANT REACTION: Aggie Basketball beats Cal Poly 82-63 - Good Bull Hunting
Tyler Davis goes for 18 points and 8 rebounds as Texas A&M improves to 10-2 with 82-63 victory of Cal Poly.

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns vs. Connecticut Huskies - Barking Carnival
The first game of the A.C.E. (After Cam Era) for the Texas Longhorns resulted in a 71-66 loss to the Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies were able to overcome a career night for Tevin Mack, ending a...

Houston Cougars Florida State Seminoles 2015 Peach Bowl Preview Q&A With Tomahawk Nation - Underdog Dynasty
What can we expect out of Florida State against Houston this week?

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