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  • Thu., Apr. 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light

    The 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light isThursday, April 30 at NRG Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

    NFL Network’s draft coverage will be shown on the HD televisions throughout the 100 Level Concourse and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live, with commentary and analysis from “The Voice of the Texans,” Marc Vandermeer, and a number of special guests. When the Texans make their first-round pick, fans at the Draft Party will hear from the player first as part of Texans Radio’s live broadcast.

    Texans Ambassadors will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Texans fans can also get their first glimpse of the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders when the squad makes its debut performance at the event. 

    Young fans can play in the TORO’s Kids Club Zone presented by Kroger, which will feature interactive games, a balloon artist and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder. Fans can also take photos in Memory Alley located on the concourse. 

    Get more information on the event here.



  • Fri., May. 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT NFL Draft Day 3 from Houston Texans Grille

    Stop by the Houston Texans Grille (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Saturday, May 2 from 10:30am – 6:30pm for a chance to announce a Texans Draft Pick live on TV or chance to win tons of other prizes!

    All of the Texans draft picks that day will be made by Texans fans live from the Grille, with at least one on NFL Network and the rest on NFL.com. See rules - http://bit.ly/1Eid0WN

    Texans Radio with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer and special guests, will be broadcasting LIVE the entire time. Plus, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Ambassadors will be there for autographs and pictures!

  • Sun., May. 03, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans All Access: 2015 Draft on KTRK ABC 13

    Tune in to KTRK ABC 13 in Houston on Sunday, May 3 at 11pm to catch the Texans TV special, Texans All Access: 2015 Draft.  This will be an exclusive look into the day of the Texans first round draft pick, as well as an analysis of all the 2015 Texans draft picks from Texans TV Insiders.

    Fans throughout Texas, be sure to check your local TV listings for air dates and times in your area.

  • Tue., May. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Ste 208, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 & Beltway 8), as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

  • Sun., May. 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Gridiron Gang Auditions

    Are you motivated, outgoing and passionate? Well then, we're looking for you to audition for the Houston Texans Gridiron Gang gameday entertainment team on Sunday, May 17 from 1-3pm at the Hosuton Methodist Training Center.

    For more info and to regsiter, click this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/gridiron2.html

  • Thu., May. 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE from 6pm - 7pm with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Fri., Jun. 05, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html



Five things to watch: Texans at Colts

Posted Dec 29, 2012

Here are five things to watch when the Texans (12-3) face the Indianapolis Colts (10-5) in Week 17 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Here are five things to watch when the Texans (12-3, 5-0 AFC South) face the Indianapolis Colts (10-5, 3-2 AFC South) in Week 17 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is on Sunday at noon CT.

1. Chasing history: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt needs two sacks to tie Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL sack record and 2.5 to break it.

With 20.5 sacks through 15 games, Watt is two shy of the 22.5 Strahan had in his record-setting 2001 season. Watt had three sacks against the Colts two weeks ago at Reliant Stadium and has six games this season with two or more sacks. He has recorded a sack in 12 of 15 games this season.

Just 23 and in his second NFL season, Watt said this week that the sack record is a “huge goal” of his but, of course, that winning is his number one priority.

“I would love to win the game and get the sack record,” he said.

Watt already has the sixth-most sacks in a season in NFL history. His 20.5 sacks equal Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s total from 1986, the season Taylor became the last defensive player to win NFL MVP honors. Two players (Reggie White in 1987, Chrsi Doleman in 1989) have recorded 21.0 sacks. Two others (Mark Gastineau in 1984, Jared Allen in 2011) have recorded 22.0.

In his last two games against the Colts, Watt has four sacks, 15 solo tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits, three passes defensed and one forced fumble.

2. 100-1,500: In a season already filled with milestones, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson needs 43 more receiving yards to become the second player in NFL history with three 100-catch, 1,500-yard seasons. He also would become the second-oldest player ever with 100 catches and 1,500 yards in a season.

Johnson has 100 catches for 1,457 yards, ranking sixth and third in the NFL, respectively. The seven-time Pro Bowler has a chance to join Marvin Harrison as the only players with 100 catches and 1,500 yards in three seasons.

Just five players in history have had 100-1,500 seasons past the age of 30. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was the oldest at 33 years, two months and 11 days in 1995. Johnson will be 31 years, five months and 19 days old on Sunday, which would make him the second-oldest.

Last Sunday, Johnson became the fifth player in NFL history with four 100-catch seasons, joining Wes Welker (5), Rice (4), Harrison (4) and Brandon Marshall (4). He also recorded his 800th career reception, becoming the second-fastest player and 25th overall to do so in NFL history. In Week 15 against the Colts, Johnson topped 11,000 career receiving yards in his 136th career game, making him the third-fastest to the mark. He reached 10,000 yards in Week 6 against Green Bay.

In 16 games against the Colts, Johnson has 93 catches for 1,134 yards and six touchdowns. He had nine catches for 151 yards and a touchdown against Indy in Week 15.

3. Favorite opponent: Running back Arian Foster has been dominant against Indianapolis throughout his career, averaging 164.0 rushing yards in four games (656 total) on 6.7 yards per carry with five touchdowns.

Foster, who was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl this week, has averaged at least 6.1 yards per carry and has at least one run of 30 yards in every game against the Colts in his career. Three of his top-four rushing performances have come against Indianapolis: a 231-yard game at Reliant Stadium in Week 1 in 2010, a 158-yard outing at Indy in Week 16 of last season and a 165-yard day two weeks ago in Houston.

Since 2010, no running back has averaged more yards against a division opponent than Foster against Indianapolis, and it’s not even close. The next-best output has been by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, who has averaged 127.8 yards per game against Green Bay over the last three seasons.

Foster ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,328), eighth in yards from scrimmage (1,522) and first in rushing touchdowns (14) and total touchdowns (16).

4. Texans 3rd-down offense: The Texans have struggled mightily on third down in recent weeks, none more so than in last Sunday’s loss to Minnesota.

They were 1-of 11 (9.1%) against the Vikings. After scoring a field goal on their first drive, they went three-and-out on six of their next 9 series. They did not score a touchdown in a game for the first time since October 2006 and had only 187 yards of offense, their lowest total since opening day in 2009.

Of the Texans’ 11 third-down plays against Minnesota, eight were third-and-nine or longer. Those third-and-longs were set up by incomplete passes, false start penalties, holding penalties and runs for minimal gain, no gain or loss by Arian Foster and Ben Tate on first and second down. Quarterback Matt Schaub was 4-of-8 for 22 yards and was sacked twice on third down overall.

As coach Gary Kubiak pointed out after the game, the Texans did not run the ball once on their 11 third-down plays. They had third-and-three once deep in their own territory and gained two yards on a pass to tight end Garrett Graham before punting. They had third-and-one twice. The results: an incomplete pass near midfield that led to a punt, and a sack on third-and-goal at the one for a loss of 14.

The Texans’ struggles on third down are nothing new. Before their bye week in Week 8, they ranked fourth in third-down percentage (45.2). Over their last four games, starting with their 42-14 loss at New England, they are 14-of-55 (25.5 percent). The only game they have converted more than 30 percent of third downs was in Week 16 against the Colts, when they went 5-of-13 (38 percent) but were 1-of-5 in the red zone.

5. Colts playing time: The Colts are locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs no matter if they win or lose on Sunday, but coach Chuck Pagano said this week that he will not rest his starters.

Pagano, who is making his return to the sideline from a 12-week absence for leukemia treatment, said that resting players is not in the Colts’ DNA, that they owe it to themselves, their fans and city and that they are playing to win the game and gain momentum heading into the playoffs.

Given that and the likelihood that Pagano wants to see his full team in action in his first game back, and that Colts players will be emotionally inspired by his return, the Texans are expecting the Colts’ best effort on Sunday. Still, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Pagano decides to rest key starters like quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and outside linebackers Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney in the second half or fourth quarter to avoid risking injury. He said he wouldn’t rest his starters, but he didn’t say he wouldn’t rest them for the entire game.

Whatever the Colts do with their starters, the Texans have a lot on the line. If they win in Indy for the first time in team history, they lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If they lose, they could end up as low as the No. 3 seed if the Denver Broncos (12-3, vs. 2-13 Kansas City) and New England Patriots (11-4, at 7-8 Miami) both win on Sunday. That would mean the Texans have to play a Wild Card game next weekend against No. 6 seed Cincinnati instead of getting to wait until the Divisional Round to play the lowest-seeded team from among the Wild Card winners.


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