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    Spring Cleaning Sale!

    It’s time to make room in your closet for lots of great new Texans gear! Stock up at our Spring Cleaning Sale April 20-21 with 20% off the entire store!*

    *Excludes sale and value items

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

  • Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
     
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics


    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School


    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • 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!

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  • 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.

    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.

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Five things to watch: Texans vs. Bengals

Posted Jan 5, 2013

Here are five things to watch when the Texans (12-4) face the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) in a Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium.


Here are five things to watch when the Texans (12-4, 1st AFC South) face the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6, 2nd AFC North) in a Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. CT. 

1. Running the ball: The Texans were 11-0 this season when rushing 30 or more times in a game. They were 9-3 with 30 or more rushes in 2011 and are 43-5 (.896) when doing so under Gary Kubiak over the last seven seasons. By contrast, they are just 3-31 (.088) under Kubiak when rushing less than 25 times. Houston ran the ball a team-record

Pro Bowl center Chris Myers said the Texans said this week that their offense was going to get back to “our base stuff, what we do best” – running the ball. The Texans led the NFL in time of possession (32:53) this season and ranked eighth in rushing (132.7) but topped 125 rushing yards just once in their final five games.

Texans running back Arian Foster ranked second in the AFC this season with 1,424 rushing yards and led the NFL in scoring with 17 total touchdowns. In his playoff debut last January, he gained 285 rushing yards in two games, the most in a player’s first two postseason games in NFL history. That included 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ Wild Card playoff victory against the Bengals at Reliant Stadium.

Foster will face a tough challenge this time around with a Bengals front seven featuring defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Domata Peko and hard-hitting linebackers Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict. The Bengals ranked 12th in rushing defense (107.2 yards allowed/game) but held five consecutive opponents under 100 rushing yards before resting many of their starters in Week 17. They allowed only 12.8 points per game in the final eight games of the season when they finished 7-1.

2. Pressuring Dalton: The Bengals have one of the best deep threats in the NFL in Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, and the Texans have been susceptible to the deep ball of late. The best way to mitigate that, as defensive end J.J. Watt said this week, is by pressuring quarterback Andy Dalton, who was sacked 46 times this season, third-most in the NFL.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt led the NFL with 20.5 sacks this season and had 39 tackles for loss, 42 quarterback hits, 16 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. He was involved in 95 plays of zero or negative yardage. Watt announced his arrival to the NFL in last year’s playoffs against the Bengals, picking off Dalton at the line of scrimmage and returning it 29 yards for an interception in the second quarter to put the Texans ahead in a 10-10 game. He tied for the NFL postseason lead with 3.5 sacks in just two playoff games.

Dalton was sacked 17 times in three games from Weeks 14-16 and twice in two quarters in Week 17 before resting in the second half. The Texans tied for fifth in the NFL with 44 sacks this season and sacked Dalton four times last season in the playoffs at Reliant Stadium, leading to three interceptions in their 31-10 rout.

Green, a second-year pro, had 97 catches for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. The Texans allowed a touchdown pass of at least 61 yards in three of their last four games but would obviously like to see that trend reversed on Saturday.

3. Schaub’s 1st playoff start: In his nine-year NFL career, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown for 21,944 yards and 120 touchdowns. He has three 4,000-yard seasons. He has won 44 regular-season games. This will be his first time to start in the playoffs.

Schaub has appeared in one postseason game, playing as a reserve in the NFC Championship Game in 2004 with the Atlanta Falcons. He watched the Texans’ inaugural playoff run last season from the sidelines with a broken foot. The Texans’ starter since 2007, Schaub led the team to a 10-3 record in 2011 before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 10. He said all offseason and throughout this season that the experience was a source of motivation.

Schaub enters the playoffs with just one touchdown pass and three interceptions in his last four games as the Texans finished the season a disappointing 1-3. Before that, he had won 15 of his last 16 starts. Schaub threw for 4,008 yards, 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season with a passer rating of 90.7, which ranked fourth in the AFC and ninth in the NFL.

Since joining the Texans in 2007, Schaub is 26-13 at Reliant Stadium. He has a 94.3 passer rating with 55 touchdowns, 29 interceptions and 65.4 completion percentage in those 39 games. Schaub is 10-3 at home since 2011 and has not lost back-to-back home starts since October 2010.

4. Pass protection: Schaub was sacked just 27 times this season, but 12 of them came in the last four games and 10 in the last three. The Bengals ranked third in the NFL in 2012 with 51 sacks, led by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins with 12.5. Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson had 11.5 sacks.

Atkins (6-1, 300) will be a major test for the Texans’ interior linemen, particularly rookie right guards Ben Jones and Brandon Brooks. The 2010 fourth-round pick from Georgia has given opposing offensive lines fits all season long, recording a sack in five of the Bengals’ last seven games and leading the team in quarterback pressures (35) and tackles for loss (15).

In their last four games, the Texans were outscored 110-65 and penalized 34 times for 263 yards, putting their offense – and Schaub – in undesirable situations. If they can avoid falling behind early and the mental lapses that have plagued them of late, they could be in much better shape.

5. Big-play ‘Dre: Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson made his long-awaited playoff debut last season. He now has his second shot at the postseason in as many years, and this one is coming off the best season of his career.

Johnson, 31, has been with the Texans since 2003, the second year of the franchise. No other player on the roster has been with the team since before coach Gary Kubiak arrived in 2006. Kubiak said Johnson talked to the team a few times this week about how much the chance to play in the playoffs means to him after the early struggles of the franchise, a message that resonated with players throughout the locker room.

Kubiak also said Johnson told his teammates they can count on him, which should come as no surprise. Johnson had 12 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown in his first two playoff games last season, and he wasn’t even 100 percent healthy then coming off of two hamstring injuries in the regular season. There’s no doubt he’s 100 percent now after a 112-catch season for a career-high 1,598 receiving yards.

Johnson had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals in the Wild Card round in 2012. It’ll be exciting to see what he does for an encore in 2013.

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