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Houston Texans News: January 4, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, January 4, 2016.

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Chiefs and Texans will kick off playoffs, as NFL sets schedule | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Both of last year's Super Bowl teams, the Seahawks and Patriots, are back in the playoffs. Joining them are 10 teams all hoping to win Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara on Feb. 7.

Whitney Mercilus up, Rahim Moore down in Houston Texans' 2015 season - NFL Nation- ESPN
It was a big year for Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus, who posted a double-digit sack season, but Rahim Moore failed to make an impact.

The Texans Odds: From 17%...to 100% playoffs.
The Texans were all but dead in the water on October 9. But 5 games don't make a season.

Week 17 NFL memes not kind to ex-Texans star Andre Johnson - Houston Chronicle
The NFL regular season reached its conclusion Sunday, with joy for the playoff-bound Texans and their fans.

Texans to host Chiefs in Wild Card round of playoffs
The Texans will host the Chiefs next weekend in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Texans vs. Chiefs: Point Spread & Betting Line | Heavy.com
The Texans are hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2011.

Texans Playoff Schedule: Opponent, Date, Time, TV Info | Heavy.com
Barring miracles, the Texans will be AFC South champions for the first time since 2011.

Around the League

NFL scores and more, Week 17: What happened on Sunday - SBNation.com
The NFL's final regular season Sunday is in the books. Danny Kelly walks you through all the action and arms you with some water cooler talking points.

NFL playoff picture 2016: Broncos, Panthers clinch top seeds - SBNation.com
The Broncos and Panthers have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs this year.

2016 NFL mock draft: A new QB for the Browns - SBNation.com
With 20 teams knowing where they'll pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the attention turns to who to select in the first round.

Browns have reportedly given up on Johnny Manziel, who wants to play for the Cowboys - SBNation.com
Johnny Manziel's days in Cleveland appear to be numbered.

It's playoff week and coaches are getting fired: Welcome to the craziest day of the NFL season - SBNation.com
Here's everything you need to know about the playoffs and where to keep track of coaches getting fired.

Just because Peyton Manning is back doesn't mean the Broncos are better - SBNation.com
Peyton Manning returned and played well, but he wasn't the biggest reason the Broncos won their finale.

2016 NFL Draft order: Tennessee Titans will pick No. 1 - SBNation.com
By losing their final four games of the season, the Titans get the first pick for the third time in franchise history.

Death. Taxes. Jeff Fisher finishing 7-9 - SBNation.com
Jeff Fisher was 48 yards away from 8-8, but the 49ers blocked the Rams' overtime field goal attempt before dropping the Rams to 7-9, Fisher's perfect state of football balance.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Alex Bregman Among Players Invited To 2016 Spring Training - The Crawfish Boxes
Bregman, less than a year after the Astros drafted him second overall, joins A.J. Reed, Tyler White, and Derek Fisher to headline what is shaping up to be as exciting a non-roster invite class as the Asros have fielded in years.

Three takeaways from Rockets loss to the Spurs - The Dream Shake
Three takeaways from the Rockets loss.

4-star OT Jean Delance commits to Texas over Michigan, LSU - Burnt Orange Nation
Let's Ride!

Texas Tech All-Time Starting Lineup: Offense - Viva The Matadors
1st and 2nd teams with honorable mentions of all-time... well, recently.

Watch It Again: 2015 TCU vs Oregon - Frogs O' War
The one where we lost, until we won.

Finishing Baylor's 2016 Class -- The Final Four/Five Recruits - Our Daily Bears
With 4* DE Brandon Bowen pulling the trigger for Baylor on New Year's Day, we have an even 20 recruits in our 2016 class. Where do things go from here?

Jake Spavital's departure and a crossroads for Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M - Good Bull Hunting
Kevin Sumlin's next hire may be the most important of his career.

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Barking Carnival
We're 2 games into the A.C.E. and the Texas Longhorns are still trying to figure out how to operate without their best player, as Texas lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders 82-74 in Lubbock. The only...

Houston Cougars Won the Peach Bowl. What if They Got to Keep Playing? - Underdog Dynasty
The wins are piling up. Time for the payoff.

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