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Houston Texans News: December 27, 2017

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Houston Texans News

Texans are probaby going to need another quarterback this week – ProFootballTalk
The Texans are likely going to need another quarterback this week, giving the NFL one final chance this regular season to ignore Colin Kaepernick. Via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are discussing whether to add another backup to T.J. Yates.

Steelers' Mike Hilton honored by NFL after dominating Texans - Houston Chronicle
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton dominated the Texans as they struggled to pick him up on blitzes Monday.

Texans looking to end skid in finale against Colts
The Houston Texans look to end their first five-game skid since 2013 with a win at Indianapolis to end a disappointing season on a high note.

Healthy Houston Texans could complete with AFC elite in 2018 - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
A Christmas Day blowout loss to the Steelers is not an indication of what the Texans should be capable of at full strength next season.

6 observations: Texans fall to Steelers
The Steelers came in like the Grinch that stole Christmas and ripped off a 34-6 win to end the Texans home regular season schedule.

Texans get a lump of coal from Steelers on Christmas - Houston Chronicle
These Texans can't lose 14 games like the 2005 and 2013 teams did, costing Dom Capers and Gary Kubiak respectively their jobs. But the current 4-11 slog surely feels no less painful for their fans, so many of whom stayed away from NRG Stadium on a dreary Christmas Day that the Pittsburgh Steelers' black and gold became, embarrassingly, the dominant color scheme.

Unofficial Depth Chart: Texans vs. Colts
The Houston Texans (4-11) go on the road to close out the 2017 season with a game against the Indianapolis Colts (3-12) in Week 17. Kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT on CBS.

Texans' Bill O'Brien encouraged by Carlos Watkins' development - Houston Chronicle
The initiation into the NFL for Texans rookie defensive end Carlos Watkins has been quite an education.

Texans sign ex-basketball player Jevoni Robinson to practice squad - Houston Chronicle
The Texans signed former North Carolina State basketball player Jevoni Robinson to the practice squad.

NFL News

Steelers DE Cam Heyward deserves your respect for his pass rushing power -
The Steelers defensive end has more sacks than Aaron Donald, but still doesn’t get his due. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White named him Hoss of the Week.

NFL picks 2017, Week 17: Experts see Browns headed for history -
Can’t miss picks for every game in the regular season’s final week.

Bills’ bad decision is going to haunt them for a long time -
If the Bills end up missing the postseason by one game ... Also, are the Eagles and Falcons doomed? There’s plenty to freak out about on the eve of the NFL playoffs.

Kelvin Benjamin’s overturned touchdown is making powerful people mad -
The catch rule strikes again, and it’s causing powerful people to question it as well as the NFL’s central replay system.

John Harbaugh says the NFL didn’t do the Ravens any favors by moving their game back -
Harbaugh wants the game to be earlier, so there will be more fans as the Ravens try to secure a playoff berth.

Todd Gurley helped these people win their fantasy leagues, so they’re donating their winnings to charity -
This is so cool.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Rockets’ slipping defense main culprit in three-game losing streak - The Dream Shake
An old struggle is once again rearing its ugly head during the Rockets’ recent woes.

Missouri Is Playing For The National Championship - Burnt Orange Nation
Daily Bowl Round Up: December 28, 2017.

Advanced Stats Preview: Alamo Bowl - Frogs O' War
Power Run versus Power Run-Stopping.

Nuni Omot Breakout Season Video - Our Daily Bears
For those of you wisely not using Facebook...

Late collapse spoils upset attempt - Viva The Matadors
Defensive grades against South Florida.

Texas A&M’s Belk Bowl uniforms are the best bowl uniforms - Good Bull Hunting
Product placement is the new black.

Answering Your Bowl Game Questions - And The Valley Shook
Catching up on lost time.

What Houston’s loss to Fresno State means for the offseason - Underdog Dynasty
Will Major Applewhite be around next year? Stop it, of course he will.