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Houston Texans News: December 23, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, December 23, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Texans look to Savage on Saturday against Bengals | FOX Sports
HOUSTON (AP) Houston's $72 million man Brock Osweiler is staying on the bench and the Texans are counting on Tom Savage to help them to their second straight AFC South title on Saturday night against the Bengals.

Texans Defense Will Be Tested By Dalton, Green " CBS Houston
Bengals QB Andy Dalton will surely find WR A.J. Green as he returns from injury.

Texans secondary coach John Butler praised for having bright coaching future - Houston Chronicle
Behind the scenes and in NFL circles, Texans secondary coach John Butler is emerging as a well-respected coaching figure.

Texans QBs under Bill O'Brien: Before and after - Houston Chronicle
Quarterback is a difficult position for NFL teams to fill these days. For every Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers there is JaMarcus Russell and Akili Smith.

Reserves pitching in to help Texans' No. 1 defense - Houston Chronicle
The Texans allowed Jacksonville 150 yards in Sunday's 21-20 victory at NRG Stadium.

Texans' Johnathan Joseph 'trending in right direction' - Houston Chronicle
Texans veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph isn't guaranteeing he'll play Saturday night against the Cincinnati Bengals after missing the past two games with cracked ribs and a bruised lung.

Despite injuries, Texans defense among the league's best | FOX Sports
While everyone has been consumed with the pending firestorm at the quarterback position, you might have missed this: The Texans’ defense is really good, even without J.J. Watt.Houston is one of the better defenses in the NFL this year, ranking at the top in total defense and second in...

NFL News

Cowboys clinch the NFC East after Giants’ loss to Eagles - SBNation.com
The Cowboys don’t play again until Monday, but they won the division crown and the top seed in the NFC on Thursday night.

Giants vs. Eagles 2016 live scores, highlights, results, and news - SBNation.com
Philadelphia delayed New York’s playoff-clinching party.

NFL’s 8 most important games remaining on the 2016 schedule - SBNation.com
With only two weeks to go, these are the games that will help shape the postseason. Or, at least, to make or avoid history.

Spring football league to be introduced in 2017 for veteran free agents - SBNation.com
We’ll have some more football in April next year.

The best gifts for NFL teams, coaches, and players this holiday season - SBNation.com
What to get for the players and franchises who have everything.

Houston & Collegiate News

Todd Kalas and Geoff Blum to take over Astros television broadcasts - The Crawfish Boxes
Houston announces new TV broadcast team.

Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets take on the rejuvenated Grizzlies tonight in Memphis.

Texas may still have a shot with No. 1 JUCO CB Kendall Sheffield - Burnt Orange Nation
Well now, this is something.

Getting to know Georgia: A Q&A with their opponents - Frogs O' War
We chatted with several other SEC SB Nation blogs, as well as Georgia Tech’s, to get to know the Bulldogs.

Daily Bears Report 12/22 - Our Daily Bears
Football fined $5,000. New Matt Rhule Interview. MBB Rolls Texas Southern. WBB HC Kim Mulkey is a candidate for the 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class.

Texas Tech: Path to the Postseason 12.22 - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders Helped Their Cause This Week.

Texas A&M Women’s Basketball upsets #19 Syracuse - Good Bull Hunting
The Women’s Bouncy Ball team had a naughty, then nice trip to the Florida Sunshine Tournament. After a terrible Tuesday performance against Dayton, the Ags bounced back to blow #19 Syracuse out of...

Idaho Wins First Bowl Game Since 2009 - Underdog Dynasty
The Idaho Vandals defeat the Colorado State Rams in an 111-point bowl game victory.

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