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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 Thursday, January 11, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Texans will need perfect plan to beat heavily favored Patriots - AFC South- ESPN
As heavy underdogs, the Texans will likely need to execute a perfect game plan if Houston wants to pull off the upset.

Texans battling history as Patriots loom
The Houston Texans must cast off the weight of history as they attempt to halt the New England Patriots' march towards another Super Bowl appearance this weekend. The Texans travel to Foxborough on Saturday for a divisional playoff game against a Patriots team who are firm favorites to...

Houston Texans' Ryan Griffin returns home to face New England Patriots -
Growing up in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin was a passionate fan of the New England Patriots.

Ball security crucial for Texans' Brock Osweiler - Houston Chronicle
In regular season, Brock Osweiler didn't throw an interception in four games – all on the road.

Texans' DeAndre Hopkins limited with knee injury - Houston Chronicle
Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was added to the injury report as limited with a knee injury. Hopkins hadn't previously been listed on the report.

Houston Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus has been marvelous in playoffs - AFC South- ESPN
The Texans' Whitney Mercilus has stepped up in his past two postseason games, combining for five sacks and 15 tackles.

NFL News

Chargers will move to Los Angeles, according to report -
The Chargers are expected to leave San Diego after 56 years.

Grading every NFL head coach hired in 2017 -
Six teams will have new head coaches in 2017. Which ones hired the right candidate?

Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel's shared passion for football comes full circle in the NFL playoffs -
The four matchups in the divisional round all feature familiar faces in different places. That could have a big impact on the outcome of this week’s games.

Jadeveon Clowney became a monster when the Texans made him an outside linebacker -
Jadeveon Clowney is finally the player we all expected him to be thanks to a confluence of events that put him in his natural position.

Someone egged Chargers team headquarters following the relocation news. -
The Chargers are moving to L.A. Fans are not happy.

Houston & Collegiate News

Astros sign catcher Luis Mario Barajas to a minor league contract - The Crawfish Boxes
Houston signs a Mexican League minor league player.

Tired Rockets drop ugly one to Timberwolves 119-105 - The Dream Shake
The Rockets had dead legs in a tough loss to Minnesota.

The Texas hire of pro-Briles staffer is disturbing - Burnt Orange Nation
Casey Horny wanted you to believe that Art Briles was the real victim at Baylor.

Frogs Earn First Win in Austin Since ‘87 - Frogs O' War
It took a pair of comebacks, but TCU prevailed on the road for just the second time ever in Big 12 play.

Daily Bears Report 1/12/17 - Q&A With Coach Matt Rhule - Our Daily Bears
Texas Monthly Q&A with Coach Matt Rhule. Lady Bears had to flex their muscle a little in win over TCU. Tennis picked Big XII 4th.

Why Nic Shimonek Will Be Texas Tech's Quarterback in 2017 - Viva The Matadors
Why Nic Shimonek is the best option for Texas Tech at quarterback in 2017.

Texas A&M destroys LSU 92-62 - Good Bull Hunting
We looked good, y’all.

Clanking From the Corner: TCU 64, Texas 61 - Barking Carnival
Coffee’s for closers, and this team drinks decaf.

Ed Oliver Headlines Group of 5 Selections for FWAA’s Freshman All American Team - Underdog Dynasty
Nine players were selected, and put up impressive numbers.

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