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Are NFL's seven 2-0 teams the real deal? Probably so in Denver and Philly. But what about Buffalo? Houston? Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/09/16/0-2-undefeated-teams-playoffs-broncos-panthers-eagles/15742139/ Since the NFL expanded its playoff field from 10 to 12 teams in 1990, clubs starting the season 2-0 have proven a solid bet to reach postseason having done so 63% of the time.
Arian Foster has a Twitter account and he's not afraid to use it. When Anheuser-Busch released a statement on Tuesday noting company executives were "increasingly concerned" over the NFL's issues with domestic violence, the Texans running back let it be known exactly how he felt about that.
Is Khalil Mack all that he was cracked up to be? According to the stat sheet so far, it doesn't seem like it. Mack was one of the most highly touted prospects from the 2014 NFL Draft.
Heather Twigg is a die-hard Texans fan born and raised in Houston. She is stationed in San Jose, California.
Sep 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle celebrates with wide receiver Victor Cruz after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports The Week 3 opponent for the undefeated Houston Texans will be the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium with a 1 p.m. ET start.
The outing of Ray Rice, whose stunning knockout of his fiance was caught on elevator cameras and viewed more than 8.6 million times on YouTube, has caused football fans around the country to take a second look at the NFL stars they thought they knew. Good news for Houston -- the Texans are relatively well behaved.
Two games into this year, and Houston is tied for second-best in the league in that category at plus-five. The Texans forced four turnovers in Sunday's 30-14 win at Oakland, using a couple of big plays by the secondary to improve to 2-0 after dropping their last 14 games in 2013.
It was the second straight week that Foster cracked the century mark and the most rushing yardage Foster has gained in a game since Week 6 of the 2013 season. However, before Foster's fantasy owners could even finish patting themselves on the back for drafting the 28-year-old this season, news came out of Houston that put a significant damper on the celebration where Foster's early-season success is concerned.
This is the fourth straight year they've won their first two games. At least one NFL team has gone from last place in its division to first place the next year in each of the last 11 years.
Safety Danieal Manning has never not started 2-0 with the Texans, so he pointed out how important it is for the team to not get complacent because of their record. "We've been here before," said Manning, who was released by the team during the spring but wound up re-signing after being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Defensive end Justin Tuck sat in his locker chair for a solid 20 minutes Sunday, his face buried in his hands. Apparently, even for the Raiders players, it was as horrible as it looked.
Opening Statement: "That's a recipe to getting your butt kicked. I told the players in there just now, only people that can change it are the people in that locker room, coaches and players.
Texans 27, Raiders 0, 3Q: The Texans continued their dominant ways in the second half, extending the lead to 24-0. Jonathan Joseph returned a fumble, forced by D.J. Swearinger, 49 yards to the Raiders' 21-yard line, and the Texans took advantage with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to DeAndre Hopkins.
Meet Texans offensive linemen Ben Jones and Brandon Brooks at the Verizon West Road Store, 10721 North Fwy., Houston, TX 77037. Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 16610 US Hwy 59, Sugar Land, TX 77479.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:46 am
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