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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.
Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick runs for a first down on a keeper during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Redskins 17-6.
Is there any offseason in professional sports that feels as long as the NFL's? The eight-month crawl to real football finally ended last week. With meaningful games to dissect and analyze, it makes sense that we can be quick to jump to conclusions based on our first impressions of teams and players around the league.
Carr's big brother, David, was the first Texans draft pick back in 2002, and the younger Carr spent much of the first five years of the franchise hanging around the team. He went to the games and practices, played catch with the mascot and hung around with NFL stars such as Andre Johnson.
Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos carries the ball against the Houston Texans during a preseason football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Denver. Although the NFL Players Association's 32-team representatives gave unanimous approval on terms of the league's new policy Friday, the league and union did not have a formal agreement by 2 p.m. Saturday, when 53-man rosters must be set for games played on Sunday.
Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt during the game against the Washington Redskins at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The NFL is in crisis.
If ever a fan base and a player seemed to be a perfect match, it would be the Raiders defensive tackle Antonio Smith and the most infamous partisans in the NFL. Smith came out of the tunnel each week as a member of the Houston Texans wearing his "Ninja Assassin'' mask and had a special dance for sacks which included a simulated "slash of death'' and the throwing of "Ninja stars.'
Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel met with the media after practice today - the first time since the Texans' 17-6 victory over Washington. Crennel was asked about the loss of outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is out for four to six games.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 04:29 am
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