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Houston Texans News: January 19, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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Houston Texans news

A look at Houston Texans pending free agent Nate Washington - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
In his 10th NFL season, Washington often was an effective complement to DeAndre Hopkins.

John McClain’s 2015 Texans report card: Linebackers - Ultimate Texans
Improved performance by linebackers played big role in upper-echelon defense.

After injury-filled start, Texans' offensive line finds footing - Houston Chronicle
A good indication of how important the offensive line was to the Texans could be found in the team's performance over the second half of the season.

Injured Texans LB Cliett expects to back for offseason program | FOX Sports
Injured Texans LB Cliett expects to back for offseason program.

Around the League

MMBM: Can Tom Brady beat Peyton Manning for the first time without having to cheat? - SBNation.com
Should be a interesting matchup, folks.

NFL Playoffs scores and more: What happened in the NFL in the Divisional Round - SBNation.com
The NFL Playoffs Divisional round is in the books, and the Patriots, Cardinals, Panthers and Broncos advanced. Danny Kelly walks you through all the action.

No, Tom Brady hasn’t dominated Peyton Manning in the playoffs - SBNation.com
Peyton Manning's reputation as a losing playoff quarterback will go away if he beats the Patriots on Sunday and retires with a career winning playoff record against Tom Brady.

Cam Newton leads 4 Panthers named to Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team - SBNation.com
Four Panthers players were honored by the Pro Football Writers of American on their All-NFL roster for the 2015 season.

The Broncos are already complaining about the Patriots - SBNation.com
It's only Tuesday and Denver's defense is taking shot at the Patriots.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros should avoid signing Cespedes - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros have been linked to Yoenis Cespedes. The Astros should walk away.

Lance McCullers' training as a Houstonian is complete - The Crawfish Boxes
A reference to Mike Jones was the final test.

Rockets Fall In Overtime 140-132 Despite Howard's 36 & 26 - The Dream Shake
The Rockets five game winning streak against the LA Clippers ended despite late heroics to force overtime and a 36 point 26 rebound line from Dwight Howard.

Texas Longhorns make impression on official visitors - Burnt Orange Nation
Big visit weekends rarely go poorly, but the most important one in years went even better than expected.

Texas Tech Beats TCU, 76-69, But Loses Key Player To Foot Injury - Viva The Matadors
Tech gets their second conference win of the season and is back on track after losing 4 in a row.

Wrecked: Texas Tech Survives Late TCU Rally, 76-69 - Frogs O' War
TCU made a furious comeback to grab a late lead, but ultimately the Frogs couldn't stop a red-hot Texas Tech team.

The Shootaround: On That Big 12 Grind - Our Daily Bears
4 game winning streak? Terrific! Now here comes another big week.

Texas A&M Basketball ranked 8th in USA Today Coaches poll - Good Bull Hunting
Aggie Basketball is in the top ten in both the AP and USA Today polls.

WRNL Interrogates: Barking Carnival - Wide Right & Natty Lite
We get the lowdown on the Texas Longhorns as well as an update on cloning Anna Kendrick.

Houston and USF in Athlon Sports on the Rise Teams for 2016 - Underdog Dynasty
View the FanShot on SB Nation.