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Houston Texans News: November 4, 2016

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

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Houston Texans News

Mike Vrabel sees growth from Texans' Whitney Mercilus
Over the past year, Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has emerged as one of the most prolific pass rushers in the game.

Osweiler's up and down first half has Texans 5-3 at bye
Brock Osweiler was supposed to be the solution to years of quarterback woes for the Houston Texans.

Texans' Bill is well past due
Eight games in, the Texans are halfway to what exactly?

WR Will Fuller leads Texans' draft class at midpoint
A breakdown of the 2016 Houston Texans draft class and its progress at the midpoint of the season.

Texans upbeat about tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz
The ascension of tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has bolstered the Texans' passing game, providing a big, sure-handed downfield target.

NFL News

High-flying Falcons offense wins big against the Buccaneers -
Atlanta strengthened its hold on the NFC South with a dominant division win.

Norv Turner had a good reason for leaving the Vikings so abruptly -
The veteran NFL coach left the Vikings abruptly, but he had a good reason.

Falcons vs. Buccaneers on 'Thursday Night Football': Highlights from Atlanta's 43-28 win -
Matt Ryan threw four touchdowns and no interceptions to keep the Atlanta Falcons (6-3) well in control in the NFC South, with an easy win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

18 emojis that fully explain the first half of the NFL season -
Ratings are down, but we still found plenty of highlights at the midseason point worthy of emoji awards.

The Rams won't change their crappy offense just for Jared Goff -
At a time when teams are rewriting their playbooks to adapt to quarterbacks, the Rams are steadfast in bending their rookie to fit an offensive system that doesn't score points. Jeff Fisher's commitment to "7-9 bullshit" is unwavering.

Houston & Collegiate News

Astros claim outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers - The Crawfish Boxes
Off season comes at you fast.

James Harden’s season is already historic - The Dream Shake
The Beard is already doing things we haven’t seen for 30 years.

Texas offense showed some new wrinkles vs. Baylor - Burnt Orange Nation
Changes in personnel groupings and alignment combined with a few new play calls to produce a big-time result for the ‘Horns.

The Air Raid Alumni Podcast #1 - Viva The Matadors
Peters, Aycock and Sheffield join the Air Raid.

TCU vs. No. 17 Baylor: Players to Watch - Frogs O' War
Baylor’s QB is dinged up, but they still have plenty of weapons.

Big 12 Preview: Things Are Happening - Our Daily Bears
All 10 teams in action this week, beginning with OU/Iowa St on Thursday night.

The SEC West Wing - The Lost Pilot Episode - Good Bull Hunting
The SEC Network’s experimental dive into scripted programming had been all but lost ... until now.

Texas Pregamer: Texas Tech - Barking Carnival
"Give ‘em hell, give ‘em hell...No means no!" With the basket of Bayplorables in the rearview mirror, the Longhorns stock up on penicillin for their matchup...

Houston Falling Short of Lofty Expectations - Underdog Dynasty
Reflecting on the last ten weeks of Houston football during their bye week.