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Houston Texans News: October 19, 2016

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

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Houston Texans News

Texans unofficial depth chart versus Broncos
The Houston Texans (4-2) will head west to face the Denver Broncos (4-2) this week on Monday Night Football.

NFL Week 7 picks: Broncos blow out Texans, Vikings pound Eagles in Philly -
Wondering which teams will win in Week 7? You've come to the right place to find out.

Texans rookie D.J. Reader learning from Vince Wilfork - Houston Chronicle
For Texans rookie nose tackle D.J. Reader, he has the benefit of learning from a big brother type in Vince Wilfork.

Texans look for improvement before trip to Denver (Oct 17, 2016) | FOX Sports
The Houston Texans are 4-2 and remain atop the AFC South standings after rallying for an overtime win against the Colts on Sunday night.

Bill O'Brien encouraged by Texans' defense despite loss of J.J. Watt - Houston Chronicle
Although the loss of a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year took the Texans from a potentially dominant unit into a very good one, it's still an effective group at harassing quarterbacks.

Texans' rookie Braxton Miller befriends giraffe, readying for MNF - Houston Chronicle
Handing out huge pieces of lettuce, Texans rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller befriended a towering giraffe named Jack Tuesday morning at the Houston Zoo.

Houston Texans' defense performing even without J.J. Watt - AFC South- ESPN
J.J. Watt might be gone for the season but the Texans' defense is banding together and playing well without him at this point.

Texans Report: Offense gets a boost with the return of receiver Will Fuller - Houston Chronicle
Although Texans speedy rookie wide receiver Will Fuller was active Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, he didn't participate in the dramatic overtime victory.

NFL News

NFL picks 2016, Week 7: Can the Vikings stay undefeated? -
The Vikings have a tougher matchup with the Eagles this week. They should win, but our panel of experts see some hope for Philly.

A Cowboys backup defensive lineman made everyone wonder what's the matter with Aaron Rodgers -
The Cowboys defense had a good day against the Rodgers and the Packers. Defensive lineman David Irving had a GREAT day.

Here’s how the NFL can fix its pass interference problem -
Pass interference is really hard to officiate. It also comes with football’s largest penalty. That’s leading to issues.

Bill Belichick hates the NFL’s tablets so much he ranted about them for over 5 minutes -
Just say you don’t like them and leave it at that, Bill.

Eric Decker’s hip surgery is bad news for the Jets’ 2017 season -
Decker still needs shoulder surgery, and the unexpected hip surgery extends his recovery time significantly.

Houston & Collegiate News

Astros Crawfish Boil: October 18, 2016 - The Crawfish Boxes
Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Patrick Beverley is staring knee surgery in the face - The Dream Shake
The tenacious guard could be out a while.

Texas vs. Iowa State: Penalties still hurting Longhorns offense - Burnt Orange Nation
Regardless of the opponent, the ‘Horns needed this one.

Texas Tech Basketball Pep Rally Recap: Are you pumped for this season? - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders held their kickoff pep rally this past Friday.

FITP Baseball Update - Frogs O' War
One Frog remains in the postseason, and he’s playing tonight.

Daily Bears Report 10/19 - Our Daily Bears
NCAA says Lady Bears vs. UConn will be the game to watch this year.

Reveille sends flowers in memory of Mike the Tiger - Good Bull Hunting
SEC mascots stick together.

Jordan Elliott Lost For 2016 - Barking Carnival
When a malcontent WR who thinks he’s a QB and a wandering-eyed 2017 OL serve notice that they won’t be in Austin next season, you shrug your shoulders.

UTEP vs UTSA Q&A With Miner Rush - Underdog Dynasty
Our SB Nation brethren dropped some knowledge on the Miners ahead of their game against UTSA this week.

Dynamo fall to Galaxy in final home game of 2016 in spite of team improvements - Dynamo Theory
Producing home wins was difficult at times for Wade Barrett and Co. in 2016. But Barrett is confident the team is in a much better place than when he inherited the club from ousted manager Owen Coyle.

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