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Houston Texans News: October 18, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Defensive-minded Texans become offensive-minded Texans – ProFootballTalk
Even without three-time NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt for most of last year, the Texans still led the league in total defense. Houston, in fact, ranked in the top 10 in total defense five of the past six seasons, with Watt the face of the franchise.

Texans see progress -- and lots of TDs -- from Will Fuller in second season - AFC South- ESPN
In his three games since returning from a collarbone injury, second-year receiver Will Fuller has eight catches -- and five touchdowns.

Texans' secondary adapting without A.J. Bouye - Houston Chronicle
The loss of cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Jacksonville Jaguars during free agency represented a mighty blow to the Texans' defense.

Texans corner Kareem Jackson's versatility sticks out - Houston Chronicle
Kareem Jackson lines up all over the Texans' defense.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins' production skyrocketing with Deshaun Watson - Houston Chronicle
The decline in DeAndre Hopkins' production a year ago could be chalked up easily to the incompetence of $72 million quarterback bust Brock Osweiler.

Houston Texans Bruce Ellington Gets Some Respect from The Rock
Houston Texans Bruce Ellington was noticed by The Rock for a touchdown celebration against the New England Patriots.

Houston Texans are building a complete unit on special teams
The Houston Texans are heading into their bye week with some new faces on their special teams unit that could help them going forward.

Texans work out QB Taylor Heinicke | Texans Wire
Texans work out QB Taylor Heinicke.

Marcus Gilchrist Trusted the Houston Texans to get Him Healthy and Back on the Field
Marcus Gilchrist trusted the Houston Texans plan to get him healthy and back on the field.

NFL News

NFL power rankings 2017, Week 7: Saints might actually have a defense -
If the Saints have a competent defense, they’re in business.

Chiefs favored on road at Raiders for Thursday night -
The Kansas City Chiefs will try to pick up a road win over the Oakland Raiders this Thursday night, with the oddsmakers at the sportsbooks giving them the edge for the contest.

Are the Browns worse in 2017 than they were in 2016? -
Cleveland’s rebuild has shown few signs for optimism this fall.

Colts vs. Titans: Marcus Mariota might have saved the season -
Mariota clearly wasn’t himself on Monday night, but he willed the Titans to victory.

Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension delayed after New York federal court grants NFLPA’s motion -
The court issued a temporary restraining order to keep Elliott on the field for at least a couple more weeks.

Chiefs vs. Steelers: Andy Reid made biggest coaching mistake of NFL Week 6 -
Reid fell back into old coaching habits in the Chiefs’ first loss of the season.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Yankees 6, Astros 4: Astros bullpen meltdown ties ALCS at 2-2 - The Crawfish Boxes
No one ever said it was going to be easy.

Rockets beat Warriors as James Harden, bench lead wild comeback on opening night - The Dream Shake
The Rockets’ new names all contributed to upset Golden State at the Oracle on opening night.

The Longhorn Republic looks at missed opportunities against Oklahoma - Burnt Orange Nation
Texas was a few breaks away from a win in Dallas, but the Longhorns must regroup quickly as they welcome Oklahoma State.

State of Texas Power Rankings: Week Seven Chaos Edition - Frogs O' War
We need to talk about Texas A&M...

Baylor Basketball Hosts Houston Saturday at Ferrell Center in Exhibition Game - Our Daily Bears
The Bears will play the Cougars.

Write for Viva The Matadors! - Viva The Matadors
We are currently looking for more contributors to cover football and basketball.

It’s time to stop rooting for Kevin Sumlin to leave - Good Bull Hunting
The Texas A&M head coach is used to the hot seat. But can he survive amid total chaos in the SEC West?

Anatomy Of A Comeback - And The Valley Shook
How to spot your opponent 20.

BC: Unplugged.....OU Still Sucks - Barking Carnival
The Longhorns got punched in the mouth (multiple times) early, showed guts and resiliency as they fought back to take the lead in the 4th, but ultimately....they fell to the Land Thieves in Dallas....

Underdog Pawdcast Episode 30 - AAC in the Polls, Week 8 Preview - Underdog Dynasty
Some laughed about the idea of a Power Six, but the polls prove the AAC is making the right push.

Columbus Crew SC Exploring Move to Texas - Dynamo Theory
Could Texas be getting a third MLS team? It could come by means of Crew SC relocation.