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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Breakfast: Texans secondary steps up
The Texans secondary has faced its share of adversity.

Texans will play to win, not sure if Lamar Miller will return | ProFootballTalk
Last Saturday's combination of a Texans win and a Titans loss ended the intrigue in the AFC South and left Houston as the division champion for the second straight year.

Texans’ A.J. Bouye draws praise from Bill O’Brien - Houston Chronicle
When the Cincinnati Bengals went after Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye, he was up to the task.

Texans' Bill O'Brien could reunite with Matt McGloin in playoffs - Houston Chronicle
With Oakland quarterback Derek Carr suffering a fractured fibula, Matt McGloin replaces him for the last game at Denver and in the playoffs.

Texans: Reasons for pessimism after Texans' win - Houston Chronicle
Five reasons for despair after the Texans clinched the AFC South on Saturday night.

NFL News

NFL power rankings 2016, Week 17: Packers, Steelers are getting hot when it matters most - SBNation.com
Le’Veon Bell and Aaron Rodgers are leading their teams on winning streaks to finish the year.

Lions vs. Cowboys 2016 results: Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant propel Dallas past Detroit, 42-21 - SBNation.com
Dallas came out with a huge win at home.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are going to be hard to beat in the playoffs - SBNation.com
Prescott is showing you why he is a lethal quarterback and why they’re the NFC favorite with the playoffs less than two weeks away.

Jonez on Jonez: The Raiders were our last best hope to stop a Patriots' Super Bowl run - SBNation.com
The Raiders lost Derek Carr because of the Colts, and now Pittsburgh or Kansas City are the only teams left with any shot at beating the Patriots.

Hue Jackson justified the Browns' faith in the same week that Rex Ryan burned up his last chance - SBNation.com
The Browns fought hard for their first win of the season and found meaning in it. Buffalo couldn’t even get 11 men on the field when it mattered most.

Houston & Collegiate News

Rockets take care of business, beat Suns 131-115 - The Dream Shake
Rockets are now 9-0 following a loss this season.

U.S. Army All-American OL Derek Kerstetter flips commitment to Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
The in-state product couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play in Austin.

TCU News: Frogs Arrive In Memphis - Frogs O' War
The team is en route to their bowl game to begin prepping for UGA.

VTM Bowl Pick Em Update - Viva The Matadors
We take a look at the bowl pick em standings and at the next group of games.

Daily Bears Report 12/27 - 2016 Cactus Bowl Edition - Our Daily Bears
John Morris and Jerry Hill preview tonight’s Cactus Bowl. Coach Grobe and Coach Harsin Press Conferences. Hype videos and links galore. Sic ‘em Bears!

PFF Stats Preview: Texas A&M vs. Kansas State - Good Bull Hunting
PFF dives into the statistics of the Texas Bowl teams to let us know what to expect.

Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview: North Texas vs Army - Underdog Dynasty
It’s Black vs Green as UNT plays in its first game since 2014, and Army’s first since 2010.

Dynamo make a tough-yet-correct decision in selling Will Bruin - Dynamo Theory
Why selling Will Bruin was the right move for the player and the club.

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