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Houston Texans News: January 11, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Houston Texans players using 16-point line as motivation vs. Patriots - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
Bill O'Brien might not be using the whopping point spread against his team to fuel its fire against the Pats, but his players have other plans.

Texans aware of challenge of facing Tom Brady, know it won't be easy - NFL Nation- ESPN
The Texans handled the Raiders' QB in their playoff opener, but he was a rookie. Next up is a future Hall of Famer, and they're relishing the chance.

Don't laugh: Here's why the Texans could beat the Patriots - Houston Chronicle
By now, we all know the storyline: The Texans are heading to New England this weekend like lambs being led to slaughter.

Houston Texans try to quiet noise about Bill O'Brien's future -
The noise surrounding the future of Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien hasn't quieted down.

Texans' Benardrick McKinney has knack for timing hits - Houston Chronicle
Raw as a rookie and prone to nagging injuries a year ago, inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney has emerged as a vital, hard-hitting anchor in the middle of the Texans' top-ranked defense this year.

What has changed since Texans, Patriots played in Week 3? - NFL Videos
The "Good Morning Football" crew discusses what has changed since the Texans and the Patriots played in Week 3.

Texans' QB Tom Savage on concussion timing: 'Rough deal' - Houston Chronicle
Standing inside the Texans' locker room, backup quarterback Tom Savage acknowledged the horrible timing of a concussion that cost him the starting job.

Texans' ball security on returns remains problematic - Houston Chronicle
One of the reasons that the Texans' 27-0 road loss in the third game of the season to the New England Patriots quickly got out of hand was a glaring lack of ball security on special teams.

Local military family surprised with new home at Texans game |
A young military family was surprised with a brand new, mortgage-free home Saturday during the Texans playoff game.

NFL News

All 16 potential Super Bowl matchups ranked from best to worst -
We’ve all had about enough of the Patriots, right?

NFL playoff picks and predictions 2017: Experts give edge to Cowboys, Steelers in divisional play -
The Falcons and Patriots are also expected to cruise.

Warrick Dunn helped give Deshaun Watson a home 10 years ago -
Dunn's foundation teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to furnish a home for Watson and his family.

NFL mock draft 2017: 1st-round picks determined by team needs -
This week’s mock draft is an exploration to identify the key needs for every team in the first round, and how they might fill them.

Raiders move on from OC Bill Musgrave to promote QB coach Todd Downing -
Oakland may have a replacement already on staff.

Houston & Collegiate News

Rays sign former Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus - The Crawfish Boxes
Colby Jack moving on to Florida.

Harden triple-double closes out Hornets 121-114 - The Dream Shake
Harden is the fourth player in NBA history to post back-to-back, 40-point triple doubles.

Texas offers 5-star 2018 OLB Palaie Gaoteote - Burnt Orange Nation
The nation’s top outside linebacker now has the ‘Horns showing interest.

This is the most relevant TCU football stat you’ll ever see - Frogs O' War

Bears Fall in Morgantown 89-68 - Our Daily Bears
The Bears were blown out by West Virginia.

Patrick Mahomes’ Top Five Games at Texas Tech - Viva The Matadors
A look at the games we’ll remember most...

Seven 2017 recruits enroll early at Texas A&M - Good Bull Hunting
Best way to avoid Signing Day drama is to avoid Signing Day altogether.

Alabama-Clemson Rematch Drops In Ratings - Barking Carnival
For the 3rd straight year, the College Football National Championship game gets a smaller TV audience.

5 Things To Do Until Next Football Season - Underdog Dynasty
Don’t know what to do with yourself now that college football is officially over? We’ll give you some ideas.

Dynamo Theory Select 3 in 2017 Mock MLS SuperDraft - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo Theory Selected 3 Players in the SB Nation Mock SuperDraft.

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