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  • 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!

    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!



Five things to watch: Texans vs. Colts

Posted Dec 15, 2012

Here are five things to watch when the Texans (11-2) face the Indianapolis Colts (9-4) in Week 15 at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is Sunday at noon CT.

Here are five things to watch when the Texans (11-2, 4-0 AFC South) face the Indianapolis Colts (9-4, 3-1 AFC South) in Week 15 at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is on Sunday at noon CT.

1. Stopping Luck: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Stanford, is living up to his lofty expectations and then some in a historic rookie season.

Luck already has surpassed Peyton Manning (3,739) for the Colts’ rookie passing yardage record and is 259 passing yards away from Cam Newton’s NFL rookie record (4,051). A Houston native who starred at Stratford High School and whose father, Oliver, played quarterback for the Houston Oilers, Luck has led six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter and overtime, the most by a rookie since 1970. He has as many rushing touchdowns (five) as the rest of the entire Colts team combined.

Luck has a passer rating of 66.6 on the road compared to 81.8 at home and has thrown eight touchdowns with 13 interceptions in six road games.

Texans coaches and players have compared Luck to Ben Roethlisberger for his ability to brush off pass rushers and extend plays. Defensive end Antonio Smith compared him to Steve Young for his fearlessness as a runner and willingness to get physical and block for his teammates. The ability of J.J. Watt and company to corral Luck in the backfield and open field could be key to the Texans’ defensive success.

2. Texans ground game: The Texans haven’t run the ball effectively the last two weeks, averaging 3.7 yards per carry with 100 yards at New England and 3.6 yards per carry with 125 yards at Tennessee. Arian Foster ranks sixth in the NFL with 1,148 rushing yards and leads the league with 15 touchdowns but is averaging a career-low 3.9 yards per carry. The Texans are averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a team (19th in the NFL) after averaging 4.5 in 2011 and 4.8 in 2010.

Earlier in the season, Foster often got the ball late in games when the Texans had a comfortable lead and teams stacked eight or nine players in the box to stop him. He also has gotten a higher volume of carries this season with 2011 backup Ben Tate missing five games with hamstring and toe injuries.

Foster and the running game should be helped by right tackle Derek Newton, who is returning to the starting lineup from a two-week absence because of a knee injury. Rookie Brandon Brooks has been rotating in some at right guard with Ben Jones.

In three career games against the Colts, Foster has 491 rushing yards (6.9 per carry) and five touchdowns, including a franchise-record 231 yards and three scores on opening day in 2010.

3. 3rd down: On Tuesday, a day after the Texans’ 42-14 loss at New England, coach Gary Kubiak said his biggest concern with the Texans’ offense is their ability to convert on third down.

The Texans were just 4-of-14 (28.6%) on third down at New England. They were also 0-of-2 on fourth down, with several dropped passes among the failed third- and fourth-down conversions. They had 177 yards in the first half but zero points.
A week earlier at Tennessee, the Texans were just 4-of-17 (23.5%) on third down. The Texans rank 27th in the NFL in third-down percentage (30.5) since their Week 8 bye after ranking fourth in third-down percentage (45.2) through the first seven weeks of the season.

“If you’re making third downs, you’re staying on the field, you’ve got possession time, you’re helping your defense, all those things,” Kubiak said. “I think it’s been something that we’re addressing that we’re disappointed in, and it’s going to have to get a lot better if we’re going to play better here down the stretch.”

The Colts rank 17th in defensive third-down percentage (38.7).

4. Schaub: Like the entire team, Texans quarterback Matt Schuab is coming off one of his worst performances of the season.

Schaub was 19-of-32 (59.4 percent) for 232 passing yards, zero touchdowns and one interception with a 68.8 passer rating at New England. It was his fourth-lowest completion percentage and third-lowest passer rating of the season. It was his first game without a touchdown pass since Week 6 against Green Bay and only the second time this season he had a negative touchdown-to-interception ratio.

After the Texans’ loss to Green Bay, Schaub rebounded with a stellar performance against Baltimore, completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns (100.7 rating) in a 43-13 victory. In six home starts this season, Schaub is 5-1 with a 105.0 passer rating. He has completed 68.7 completion percent of his passes for 1,751 yards (8.3 yards/attempt), 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He is 25-12 overall at Reliant Stadium with a passer rating of 94.5.

5. Mercilus: Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has six sacks this season, tying the Texans’ single-season rookie record set by Brooks Reed in 2011. He’s also tied for second in sacks among all NFL rookies, trailing only Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (8.0).

Mercilus has started just two games this season, filling in for the injured Reed in the last two weeks. The first-round draft pick (26th overall) from Illinois has three sacks in those two starts, including the Texans’ only sack of Tom Brady last Monday night at New England.

“I think he’s progressing,” Kubiak said. “A young player that the thing about him, he tends to make plays. He got thrown in the fire big-time. His progress has a lot to do with how we’re going to go here toward the end of this thing.”

After leading the NCAA with 16 sacks and nine forced fumbles last season at Illinois, Mercilus will look to add to his total today against Luck, who has been sacked 32 times, in the first-career start at Reliant Stadium for both rookies.


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