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Houston Texans News: December 12, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, December 12, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Colts in deep trouble after home loss to Texans -
The Houston Texans took a big step toward a division title by sweeping the season series against the Indianapolis Colts with a 22-17 victory on Sunday.

Texans: Reasons for optimism after win over Colts - Houston Chronicle
There are plenty of reasons for Texans fans to be optimistic after the Texans snapped a three-game losing streak with a 22-17 win in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Texans Sweep Colts With Rare Indianapolis Victory
Intro: In a game that had serious playoff implications, the Colts lost to the Texans on Sunday afternoon, 22-17. What went wrong for the Colts in the biggest game of the season?

Houston Texans ride running game to break three-game losing streak - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
While Brock Osweiler was inconsistent, Houston used an old-school formula to win a crucial divisional contest and stay atop the AFC South.

Why the Texans will be exposed as playoff pretenders against the Colts | FOX Sports
The Texans will prove that they're not a playoff team on Sunday.

Texans: Looking ahead to the Jaguars - Houston Chronicle
The Texans' next game is against the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Brian Cushing breaks Texans all-time tackles mark
LB Brian Cushing set the team's all-time tackles record on Sunday at Indianapolis.

NFL News

Buccaneers defense flipped a switch and now the NFC South is up for grabs -
During a four-game winning streak, the Buccaneers are allowing just 13.25 points per game.

Harry Douglas' cheap shot on Chris Harris leads to Aqib Talib starting Broncos vs. Titans fight -
Harry Douglas dove at the knees of Chris Harris, leading to some retaliation from Aqib Talib on the next play.

NFL scores 2016: Live results, highlights, news, and more -
With just four weeks to go, the playoff race is starting to come into sharp focus.

Melvin Gordon carted off with hip injury in Chargers vs. Panthers -
It was a scary moment for Gordon and the Chargers.

Giants accuse Steelers of deflating footballs -
The Giants alerted the NFL that the Steelers deflated footballs in a 24-14 win in Week 13.

Dolphins blast refs after hit on Ryan Tannehill doesn’t get flagged -
Jarvis Landry and Jermon Bushrod were critical of missed calls on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers is playing like an MVP again -
Aaron Rodgers threw five incompletions, but Russell Wilson threw FIVE interceptions.

Houston & Collegiate News

Astros sign infielder Reid Brignac to minor league contract - The Crawfish Boxes
Brignac has an invite to Spring Training.

Yet another twist in the Donatas Motiejunas saga - The Dream Shake
Another day, another lack of Donuts.

Reports: Texas hires Rutgers OC Drew Mehringer as passing game coordinator - Burnt Orange Nation
Mehringer worked with Herman at Houston.

2017 Recruit Noah Daniels Chooses TCU over Oklahoma - Frogs O' War
The cornerback from League City, Texas is the newest Horned Frog.

The Definitive Scott Drew Can Coach Article - Our Daily Bears
Let’s end this nonsense once and for all.

Texas Tech Lands JUCO Linebacker - Viva The Matadors
A JUCO linebacker committed to the Red Raiders today.

Texas A&M fills big need with JUCO DE commit - Good Bull Hunting
Micheal Clemons figures to make immediate impact in 2017.

Charlie Strong officially announced as new USF head coach -
He has plenty of roots in Florida and the Southeast.

After hiring Major Applewhite, Houston's president says school will fire a football coach for going 8-4 -
UH has a unique place in the college football ecosystem.

From H-Town to Huskies: How five UConn players with local roots won it all - Dynamo Theory
In 2000, UCONN won the College Cup with five players from Houston on their roster. We caught up with some of those players to get the inside track on the win.

Texans vs Colts coverage