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Houston Texans News: September 22, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, September 22, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Patriots X-Factors vs. Houston Texans - Pats Pulpit
Patriots players that can significantly boost the Patriots chances of winning with a strong game.

Closer look: Texans 'diamond' front could be a handful for Brady, Patriots |
The Texans' 'diamond' front was a tough nut for Tom Brady and the Pats to crack in the playoffs, and they'll likely see it again Sunday.

New England Patriots should be able to exploit Texans' offensive line - New England Patriots Blog- ESPN
Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, who hosts a radio show in Houston, breaks down the Texans in advance of Sunday's matchup.

HC: 'Everyone in the league knows' Texans throwing to DeAndre Hopkins - AFC South- ESPN
With a depleted group of receivers and a rookie quarterback, it's no secret the Texans must rely on star wideout DeAndre Hopkins. So far, so good.

Here's What to Watch For As The Texans Take on the Patriots | Houston Press
The Texans hope to avoid a repeat of last year's two losses to New England.

Watson, Texans face bigger challenge against Patriots | FOX Sports
Watson, Texans face bigger challenge against Patriots.

Chemistry growing between Texans' DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson - Houston Chronicle
DeAndre Hopkins spent the entire offseason catching passes from Texans quarterback Tom Savage, building timing and rapport through extra throwing sessions and time spent together off the field.

Houston Texans Notebook: D'Onta Foreman Appreciates His Opportunity
D'Onta Foreman likes Bill O'Brien having his back, Jadeveon Clowney knocking off the rust and more.

Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Patriots Q&A with Evan Lazar - Houston Chronicle
This week's game preview is with Evan Lazar (@EZLazar). He writes for the Boston Herald and Pats Pulpit, and you can find his Naked Bootleg Podcast with Adam Kurkjian here.

Houston Texans: Brian Cushing's trainer says he took banned substance
Houston Texans' linebacker Brian Cushing likely knew he was taking a banned substance after a doctor prescribed it for him.

NFL News

Rams vs. 49ers 2017 recap: 4 things we learned -
The Rams and 49ers beat expectations to have the best game of the season so far.

Rams vs. 49ers 2017 live updates: Scores, highlights, and results from ‘Thursday Night Football’ -
Highlights from the Rams’ 41-39 shootout win over the 49ers in an entertaining contest.

Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster delivered the best hit of Week 2 -
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz presents the most disrespectful blocks from Week 2. This week, a couple of skill players made the list.

NFL season 2017: What they get wrong about every team -
There are plenty of wrong takes about every NFL team floating around out there. Let’s correct that.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

White Sox 3, Astros 1: Astros unable to solve White Sox bullpen - The Crawfish Boxes
Brian McCann gets Astros’ lone run with home run.

CP3, Harden heavily involved in Iguodala recruitment - The Dream Shake
A look back on how Iggy nearly became a Rocket.

Texas basketball has new floor design at the Erwin Center - Burnt Orange Nation
No more raining threes from El Paso or Texarkana.

‘QB1 Wants It Really Bad This Year’: A Q&A with Cowboys Ride For Free - Frogs O' War
We sat down with our friends at CRFF to talk Mason Rudolph, James Washington, and just how good these Cowboys are.

Baylor-Oklahoma: How to Watch - Our Daily Bears
The Bears play Oklahoma at 5:30 on Saturday. It airs on FS1.

The Air Raid Podcast #94: Houston Preview - Week 4 - Viva The Matadors
Previewing the Houston Cougars

Texas A&M Football Scheme Review: Offense - Good Bull Hunting
Noel Mazzone is working with a young offensive line and a true freshman quarterback. Here’s a look at what they are doing.

Real Talk With Mike VII: Syracuse - And The Valley Shook
Can we talk?

So, You’re Saying we’ve got a puncher’s chance? - Barking Carnival
Let’s skip the fanfare of the latest fight with McGregor vs Mayweather, it’s just not worth the discussion of that shit-show circus. He was labeled with having a "puncher’s chance" of winning.

SMU: Know your opponent Q&A - Underdog Dynasty
Here are some things Mustangs fans should know about Arkansas State.

The Peel Episode 47: Life below the playoff line? - Dynamo Theory
At least we are above FC Dallas.