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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, October 9, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Loss of J.J. Watt derails Texans' momentum - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
The Texans have to find a way to carry on without J.J. Watt, but they've done this before and this time they have Deshaun Watson.

Chiefs stay undefeated, run away from young Texans - NFL.com
The Kansas City Chiefs (5-0), a.k.a. The Best Team In Football, stayed undefeated against the Houston Texans (2-3), beating the ailing home team, 42-34, on Sunday night in Week 5.

JJ Watt of Houston Texans leaves game with leg fracture
J.J. Watt, who missed 13 games last season with a back injury, was carted off the field and diagnosed with a fracture in his left leg Sunday night.

Texans are totally Deshaun Watson's team now | NFL | Sporting News
Just like that, the Texans are no longer J.J. Watt's team. Their AFC playoff fate in 2017 is fully in the hands and legs of Deshaun Watson now.

John McClain grades the Texans in loss to Chiefs - Houston Chronicle
Sunday night's game against the Chiefs started ominously for the Texans with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus both suffering injuries in the first quarter.

Texans fall to Chiefs despite 5-TD performance from Deshaun Watson - Houston Chronicle
Despite having no J.J. Watt – now again lost for the season – and no Whitney Mercilus after the game's first series and distressingly little pass defense all night long, the Texans refused to go down easily, thanks to another electrifying, hope-inspiring performance by rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Texans: Looking ahead to Browns - Houston Chronicle
Looking ahead to the Texans' next matchup against the Browns:

Whitney Mercilus' injury adds to Texans' pain after losing J.J. Watt - NFL Nation- ESPN
Houston's D managed to thrive after losing J.J. Watt in 2016, but this season may be tougher as Whitney Mercilus also had a significant injury Sunday.


NFL News

NFL scores and more: The 6 best things from Week 5 - SBNation.com
Aaron Rodgers owns Dallas, Leonard Fournette ain’t scared, Myles Garrett has arrived, and more.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s ankle injury clouds his future with the Giants - SBNation.com
The Giants will likely be hesitant to give Odell Beckham Jr. the mega contract he wants.

J.J. Watt injury: Texans DE out for year, and that’s terrible - SBNation.com
Watt missing another year is awful in so many ways.

Jay Cutler experiment isn’t working in Miami - SBNation.com
A reunion with Adam Gase hasn’t paid off for the better-off-retired Jay Cutler.

Myles Garrett is the Browns’ one bright spot in an otherwise terrible season - SBNation.com
The No. 1 overall pick had a delayed start to his career, but it made Sunday not so bad despite another Browns loss.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Red Sox 10, Astros 3: Price forces game 4 out of the bullpen - The Crawfish Boxes
Houston can't close out the series against Boston on Sunday.

Rockets 2017-2018 player previews: Zhou Qi - The Dream Shake
The rookie big man is full of potential, but unlikely to see much playing time this season.

If Sam Ehlinger wasn’t the clear starter before, that changed during Texas 40-34 win over Kansas State - Burnt Orange Nation
Considering what the Texas offense lacks and his positive development as a gunslinger, Sam Ehlinger should remain the starter going forward.

Weekend War Zone: Welcome the Cyclones, our new Big 12 Overlords - Frogs O' War
Iowa State pulled off the upset of the year in the conference - but will that be their last hurrah?

College Football Week Six Recap, Playoff Projection and Heisman Prediction - Our Daily Bears
Oklahoma narrowed the Big 12’s path.

The Air Raid Podcast #99: Kansas Recap - Viva The Matadors
Recapping Texas Tech’s win over Kansas.

Texas A&M/Florida will kick at 6 p.m. - Good Bull Hunting
Fresh off a surprisingly narrow loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Texas A&M Aggies learned the start time of their next game. The Aggies travel to Gainesville, where they will take on the F...

SUNDAY VIDEO ROUNDUP - Florida Postgame - And The Valley Shook
Post-game coverage: LSU defeats Florida, 17-16, in the Swamp.

Shooting From the Rewatch: Texas 40, K-State 34 - Barking Carnival
Winnin’.

It’s like, better than losin’.

The wisdom of Nuke LaLoosh never seems more sagacious than when you outscore your first two conference opponents by a combined seven points and yet find...

Houston Stays Perfect in Conference Play, Defeats SMU 35-22 - Underdog Dynasty
Houston won, but still has things to work on as SMU racks up 544 yards.

Takeaways from the USMNT’s huge win over Panama - Dynamo Theory
What we learned from the US’s massive victory against Panama in World Cup qualifying.