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Houston Texans News: January 5, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, January 5, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

2017 NFL Playoffs wild-card picks: Osweiler helps Texans, Rodgers rolls Giants -
There's not a lot to like for the road teams in the first week of the 2017 NFL playoffs

Raiders at Texans: This is one of the weirdest playoff matchups in NFL history
On the Texans’ side there’s Brock Osweiler, who was ridiculed for his poor play after signing a $72 million contract, his 72.2 rating was second-to-last among regular NFL starters (congratulations, Ryan Fitzpatrick, for finishing last) and he was benched for Tom Savage...

With Jadeveon Clowney, Texans' D fully powered -- even minus J.J. Watt - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
No doubt, the Texans have missed J.J. Watt in 2016. But led by the athletic ability of Jadeveon Clowney, Houston still led the NFL in total defense.

Texans' superior defense good enough to offset suspect offense - Houston Chronicle
There still are so many questions about the Texans' offense.

Ex-Texans cornerback might be cheering for the Raiders because he misses his friends | For The Win
The offseason struggle is real.

Texans' Brandon Weeden: Will serve as backup Saturday -
With Tom Savage out, Weeden's the Texans' backup QB on Saturday.

Raiders vs. Texans 2017 picks and predictions: Experts strongly lean toward Houston -
The Raiders’ QB position is in crisis after Derek Carr was lost for the year.

NFL News

This NFL season deserves to end with a Patriots-Cowboys Super Bowl -
Passions would certainly run high ...

Don't overlook Ty Montgomery and the Packers' dangerous running game -
Aaron Rodgers has been great since the Packers started running the table, and the running game has been a big part of that. NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz breaks it down.

NFL playoff picks 2017: Experts say Seahawks, Steelers will rule at home on Wild Card Weekend -
The Packers, Texans, Seahawks, and Steelers are all favored in a set of solid Wild Card matchups.

Houston & Collegiate News

Astros offseason: Consider Robbie Ray - The Crawfish Boxes
Sometimes you have to wait until after Christmas to find the best deals.

4-star Westlake QB Sam Ehlinger’s dream of going to Texas is now reality - Burnt Orange Nation
Burnt Orange Nation caught up with the Longhorns quarteback signee, who sees a tremendously bright future in Austin.

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game preview - The Dream Shake
The top two MVP candidates meet tonight in Houston.

LaDainian Tomlinson named NFL Hall of Fame Finalist - Frogs O' War
The TCU legend should be voted in Super Bowl weekend.

Baylor Pulls Out 65-63 Victory Against Iowa State - Our Daily Bears
The Bears found a way to win.

Full Recap: Texas Tech’s Last Second Victory Over WVU - Viva The Matadors
Here are all the stats, video highlights, and the post game press conference.

Daily Bull 01.04.17 - Are We Still Good At Baseball - Good Bull Hunting
YEAH, BUT CAN THEY RODEO? The Aggie basketball team gave up triple-digits to an opponent for the first time in a decade as they symbolically apologized for...

Shooting From the Corner: Texas 82, Oklahoma State 79 - Barking Carnival
Texas finally beat a good team.

Can the G5 schools in the Sunshine State take recruits away from the Big Three? - Underdog Dynasty
We take a look back at what recruiting has been like in Florida and see if there are any trends in favor of G5 schools going forward.

Houston Dynamo Officially Sign Defender Leonardo - Dynamo Theory
The Dynamo officially signed the former LA Galaxy defender after picking him up in the 2nd stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

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