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  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, October 24
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 739 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) for this hour at this location
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  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 12:00 PM CDT Texans at Titans The Texans travel to face the Titans.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet TBD Texans player(s) at the Verizon Stadium Store, 8505 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77025.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet a TBD Texans player and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP

    A nearly century old college football rivalry returns to NRG Stadium on Saturday, November 1st  as the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Sam Houston Bearkats in the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP. Seats start at just $15.

    Secure yours today by calling 832-667-2390 or at BOTPW.com.

  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 12:00 PM CST Eagles at Texans The Texans host the Eagles.
  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST Taste of the Texans presented by BP

    Wine and dine with the Houston Texans players, Cheerleaders and Ambassadors at the sixth annual Taste of the Texans presented by BP, Monday, November 3rd in NRG Stadium. 

    Fans can sample signature dishes from more than 25 of Houston’s finest restaurants.  Proceeds benefit The Houston Texans Foundation, Houston Methodist and the Houston Food Bank. 

    Be sure to secure your tickets today at HoustonTexans.com.

  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Nov. 11, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans center Chris Myers at the Verizon I-10 East Store, 13740 East Fwy., Houston, TX 77015.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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BWTB: 5 Things You'll Like

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Texans play-by-play voice Marc Vandermeer detailed 5 Things You'll Like about the 2014 Houston Texans.

I was in Los Angeles at the NFL Digital meetings this week. At the airport on the way back, the check-in clerk asked “How are you guys going to do this year?”

I couldn’t give him a record prediction but there are at least five things I can safely forecast.

1. The Texans will be physically and mentally tough

Bill O’Brien will not tolerate a team that isn't physically and mentally up to the weekly grind. Toughness was probably one of the first topics to come up in interviews for the next head coach and O’Brien has talked about it since he landed in Houston.

What does it mean?

You might not win every weekend but the opponent is sure going to need a cold tub after a date with the Texans. One look at the way OTAs have been going and it’s easy to see that toughness is going to be a long running theme around here. Just take a look at the drafted players: big physical guys who can take and deliver a punch. And you better play smart, or you’ll probably have no shot at being on the Houston 53.

2. They’ll be versatile

We keep hearing about a “Game Plan Offense.” It means that this squad will, to a certain extent, reinvent its strategy every week and make big changes in its attack based on what’s perceived to be exploitable weaknesses in the opponents. I know what you’re thinking, “isn’t it better to ‘do what you do’ and make them stop you?” Well, whatever works. 

You think zone-blocking works against the Titans? Run it.

You want to dink and dunk a bit, then go long versus the Jags? Done.

3. They’ll be unpredictable

Remember those two humiliating losses to the Patriots when Tom Brady would hit a big play then quick snap on the follow up play? Well, get ready to benefit from some of that. You’ll see a lot of ‘gear shifting’ on offense. A little hurry-up here, some standard huddle there. The key is to keep certain defensive personnel groups on the field and to flat out keep other teams guessing.

4. They’ll go for it on 4th down a bunch

You’re welcome.

I’ll bet you lunch that O’Brien is one of those guys who won’t punt much inside the opponent’s 40 yard line. He was part of a Patriots staff that infamously went for it on fourth and short in their own end vs the Colts. Ok, that one didn’t work out but we’re all for some out-of-the-box thinking. If the Texans are going to bounce back big in ’14, they’ll need some riverboat mentality out of their mentor.

5. Press conferences will be entertaining

So what if he doesn’t give us any unrequired injury info and is trying to keep most of the on field stuff ziplocked. O’Brien is fun to listen to. From his “It’s not life threatening” assessment of the Louis Nix III injury to his “Come on, guys, let’s not make a big deal out of this” plea on his desire for players to actually walk to practice, O’Brien is a one-liner waiting to happen. And we haven’t even really gotten started yet. Wait until there are some actual game situations to discuss!

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