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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

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Five things to watch: Texans vs. Packers

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Here are five things to watch when the Texans take on the Green Bay Packers at Reliant Stadium on Sunday Night Football in Week 6.


Here are five things to watch when the Texans (5-0, 2-0 AFC South) take on the Green Bay Packers (2-3, 1-0 NFC North) at Reliant Stadium in Week 6. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m. CT on Sunday Night Football.

1. Next Man Up: Inside linebacker Tim Dobbins will make his first start in place of Brian Cushing, the Texans’ defensive captain who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5.

Dobbins, a seventh-year veteran from Iowa State, is in his second year with the Texans. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2006, when Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was San Diego’s defensive coordinator.

Dobbins appeared in 15 games as a reserve last season and made a critical goal-line stop of Ray Rice in the Divisional Round of the playoffs at Baltimore. He was elected the Texans’ special teams captain before the season and is tied for the team lead with six special teams tackles.

The Texans signed veteran inside linebacker Barrett Ruud on Wednesday, but he may not play this week on such short notice. Second-year pro Mister Alexander is in the mix behind Dobbins, and outside linebacker Jesse Nading also can play inside.

Cushing leads the Texans' third-ranked defense with 29 tackles and was voted the team's MVP in 2011.

"I’m not him of course, but I will try to do my best to fill in his shoes," Dobbins said. "It’s a great system that we have here. I’ve been running it for years, and I know a little bit about the ins and outs of our system. I’m planning on doing what I do; that’s definitely trying to stop the run and keeping this defense going as we’ve been doing so far.”

2. Spotlight on Watt:
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt got a sack taken away from him this week by Elias Sports Bureau, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has had a remarkable start to the season. Sunday’s game will be his first time to play against the team he grew up rooting for in Pewaukee, Wis.

Watt walked on at the University of Wisconsin in 2008. He earned a scholarship a year later and became an All-American a year after that before being drafted by the Texans with the 11th overall pick in 2011.

“I grew up a Packers fan, but I am no longer a Packers fan,” Watt said on Wednesday. “Every person in Wisconsin watches the Packers on Sundays, so I know they’re all going to be watching the game, and I just hope a few of them are wearing 99 jerseys and not green and gold.”

Now in his second season, Watt ranks second in the NFL and leads the AFC with 7.5 sacks. He’s tied for third in the NFL with eight passes defensed, three more than any other defensive lineman. He has 12 tackles for loss and ranks second on the Texans with 24 tackles.

“I’m so focused and so locked in on the game right now and preparation and week-to-week things, I’m not even nostalgic (about playing the Packers) or anything like that,” Watt said. “I’m in a zone right now, and I feel good. I love where I’m at. I’m happy, and I’m excited about another opportunity to play. It doesn’t even matter that it’s the Packers.”

3. Andre10k: Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is on the cusp of 10,000 receiving yards, but he has had an uncharacteristically quiet past four games.

Since catching eight passes for 119 yards and a touchdown against Miami in Week 1, Johnson has put up the following totals: three catches for 21 yards at Jacksonville, two catches for 72 yards and a touchdown at Denver, three catches for 56 yards against Tennessee and one catch for 15 yards at the New York Jets.

That’s nine catches for 164 yards in the last four games, an average of 2.25 catches and 41 yards. Johnson averages 5.7 catches and 78.3 receiving yards per game in his career, which rank second and first, respectively, in NFL history.

Johnson’s recent stretch has caused consternation among some fans and media, but it should be pointed out that the Texans rank 24th in the league with 152 passing attempts. They haven't had to throw much becaus they have won by an average of 15.2 points per game, which ranks third in the NFL.

Johnson needs 61 yards to reach 10,000. He would become the sixth-fastest player to reach 10,000 in NFL history, doing so in his 128th game, and the sixth active player to reach the mark.

4. Matthews vs. Brown: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is off to a torrid start, ranking first in the NFL with eight sacks through five games. He’ll face off Sunday night with Texans left tackle Duane Brown, who is emerging as one of the best at his position in the NFL.

Matthews, a fourth-year pro who made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, had 2.5 sacks in Week 1 against San Francisco and 3.5 sacks in Week 2 against Chicago, but he has only one sack in two road games this season. The 2009 first-round pick from USC had 29.5 sacks from 2009-11.

“He’s the real deal, man,” Brown said. “Heck of a player, very versatile, not really one part of his game that you can pinpoint and focus on, so it’s a big challenge. Looking forward to it… It’s a big stage, and (you’ve) got to be ready to go.”

Brown has not allowed any sacks this season. He allowed only 2.5 in 2011, earning second-team All-Pro honors.

5. Texans D vs. MVP: The Texans rank fourth in passing defense (190.2 yards allowed per game), but they’ll face one of their biggest challenges of the season in Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP.

Rodgers threw for 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns and six interceptions last season, setting an NFL record with a passer rating of 122.5. He ranks eighth in the NFL this season with a 96.9 rating, one spot behind Matt Schaub.

Rodgers has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 1,299 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also a threat as a runner, with 20 carries for 108 yards this season. 

Rodgers has been sacked 21 times, second-most in the league. The Texans have 15 sacks, tied for sixth in the league. This could be the game that outside linebacker Connor Barwin finally gets on the board with his first sack of the season. Linebacker Brooks Reed also could add to his 2012 total of 2.5 sacks.

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