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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, January 6, 2017.

"Come on! Think brain.What was I suppose to do next?"
"Come on! Think brain.What was I suppose to do next?"
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Houston Texans News

First Glance: Texans vs. Raiders
Here are 5 things to watch when the Texans host the Raiders in the Wild Card Playoff game.

Grit a key ingredient to Texans success
The Texans have experienced success this season in large part because of grit.

Wild Card Saturday: Texans, Seahawks home favorites | SI.com
Wild Card favorites have gone 3-7-2 against the spread as well the previous three years, a trend that the Houston Texans (9-7) and Seattle Seahawks...

Texans' Quintin Demps hopes to shed journeyman status - Houston Chronicle
For Texans veteran strong safety Quintin Demps, it's been a breakthrough season during which he's displayed his alert nature, sound hands and coverage skills.

Texans' John Simon to miss playoff game - Houston Chronicle
Starting outside linebacker John Simon has been ruled out for the Texans' AFC wild-card playoff game against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday due to a chest injury.

Texans' line hoping to shore up pass protection - Houston Chronicle
It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Texans' offensive line.

Texans' Romeo Crennel not ready to flash Super Bowl rings yet - Houston Chronicle
Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has five Super Bowl rings – two with the New York Giants and three with New England.

NFL News

Roundtable: So, about this Group of Five Playoff... - Hustle Belt
The SB Nation blogs that cover Group of Five sports got together and talked about the potential impact of a G5 Playoff.

Landon Collins aced his early NFL tests. Now comes his toughest one - SBNation.com
A year ago the Giants safety was a rookie learning the ropes. Now, he’s a Pro Bowler facing off against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

The fatal flaw that could keep each NFL playoff team from winning the Super Bowl - SBNation.com
Every team has a weakness.

Jay Gruden fires defensive coaching staff in Washington - SBNation.com
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry is out in Washington, along with a handful of assistants.

Houston & Colliegate News

From the outfield to the mound: the journey of Drew Muren - Minor League Ball
Clinton Riddle interviews Diamondbacks prospect Drew Muren, once an outfielder, now a hard-throwing relief pitcher.

The Dream Shake Podcast, Ep. 30: Harden and the Rocket Launchers - The Dream Shake
Ryan and Ethan bask in the glow of James Harden and his greatness.

Rockets win 6th straight despite furious Thunder comeback - The Dream Shake
Houston overcame 49 points from Russell Westbrook.

Texas offers 3-star Texas A&M WDE commit Tyree Johnson - Burnt Orange Nation
The Texas staff continues to toss their name into the hat with committed targets.

2016 Year in Review: Top Ten TCU Games - Frogs O' War
It was a year of successes across the athletics department at TCU, so we look back at the ten best games of the year.

Don’t Bet Against Baylor’s Pick and Roll Offense - Our Daily Bears
The Bears had a few missed opportunities last night, but they should be able to get it fixed.

Texas Tech: Path to the Postseason 1.5 - Viva The Matadors
A Home Upset Has the Red Raiders’ Stock Rising.

PREDICTING THE TRANSFER DESTINATION OF EVERY TEXAS A&M FOOTBALL PLAYER - Good Bull Hunting
It’s bound to happen eventually, best to be prepared.

Tom Herman: Comfort Hires vs. Alignment - Barking Carnival
Now that Herman's staff is complete I thought it would be interesting to go over the two competing narratives I've seen on the new staff. Comfort Hires This staff is a bunch of Herman "comfort...

Roundtable: So, about this Group of Five Playoff... - Hustle Belt
The SB Nation blogs that cover Group of Five sports got together and talked about the potential impact of a G5 Playoff.

Landon Collins aced his early NFL tests. Now comes his toughest one - SBNation.com
A year ago the Giants safety was a rookie learning the ropes. Now, he’s a Pro Bowler facing off against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

The fatal flaw that could keep each NFL playoff team from winning the Super Bowl - SBNation.com
Every team has a weakness.

Jay Gruden fires defensive coaching staff in Washington - SBNation.com
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry is out in Washington, along with a handful of assistants.

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