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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 vs. Vikings

Posted Dec 23, 2012

Here are five things to watch when the Texans (12-2) face the Minnesota Vikings (8-6) in Week 16 at Reliant Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Here are five things to watch when the Texans (12-2, 5-0 AFC South) face the Minnesota Vikings (8-6, 3-2 NFC North) in Week 16 at Reliant Stadium on Fan Appreciation Day presented by FOX Sports Southwest. Kickoff is on Sunday at noon CT.

The Texans would clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a victory.

1. All Day: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leads the league with 1,818 rushing yards and is within striking distance of the NFL single-season rushing record. After tearing his ACL and MCL late in the 2011 season, "All Day" is a leading candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and NFL MVP awards.

A native of Palestine, Texas, and first-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2007, Peterson needs 294 yards in his final two games to break Eric Dickerson’s NFL rushing record (2,105) set in 1984. He has 1,313 rushing yards (164.1 per game) over the last eight games, the best eight-game stretch in a season in NFL history.

Peterson has 100-plus rushing yards in eight consecutive games, including two 200-yard games in the last three weeks. He has carried the Vikings to an 8-6 record despite Minnesota having the 32nd-ranked passing offense in the NFL. The Vikings average 168.1 passing yards per game and 160.2 rushing yards per game.

2. MegaWatt: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has 19.5 sacks, tied for the NFL lead with 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. He is 3.5 sacks away from breaking Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL record (22.5) set in 2001.

The second-year star from Wisconsin had 10 tackles, three sacks and three other tackles for loss last week to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. He is the first player in NFL history with 15 sacks and 15 passes defensed in a season, and he leads the Texans in tackles (74), tackles for loss (33) and quarterback hits (38).

Watt, who was named the Texans’ 2012 MVP on Friday by a vote of his teammates, has forced a fumble in three consecutive games. He has also two fumble recoveries in a Defensive Player of the Year (and possibly NFL MVP)-caliber season.

Watt averages 1.4 sacks a game this season, which more or less puts him on pace to tie Strahan’s record. He has been remarkably consistent all season, recording at least half a sack in 11 of 14 games. He has six games with two or more sacks, including two three-sack games in the last four weeks.

3. 3rd’s the charm: Wide receiver DeVier Posey and guard Brandon Brooks, the Texans’ two third-round picks in the 2012 draft, are both emerging as significant contributors late in their rookie seasons.

Posey had a career-high three catches for 48 yards last Sunday against Indianapolis. That came a week after he notched his first-career catch, a 19-yarder late in the fourth quarter of the Texans’ Monday night loss at New England. Posey played sparingly early in the season after missing 10 games as a senior at Ohio State because of NCAA suspensions. Now that he’s more comfortable in the playbook, his natural ability (6-1, 206, 4.37 speed) is starting to take over.

Brooks has gradually gotten more playing time in the last several weeks. He was inactive for the first 10 games of the season while rookie Ben Jones and Antoine Caldwell rotated at right guard, a position Brooks was expected to compete for in training camp. He was active for the first time at Detroit in Week 12 and got two snaps on offense as a third tackle.

With Caldwell sidelined by a hamstring injury in Week 13, Brooks played 15 of 73 offensive snaps (21 percent) at right guard while Jones started and took the remaining 58 snaps. Brooks played 26 of 69 snaps (38 percent) at New England and 20 of 69 snaps (29 percent) against Indianapolis. Kubiak said this week that Brooks was a “difference-maker” in short-yardage situations against the Colts and that the Texans needed to give him more playing time.  

4. Johnson nearing milestones: Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson needs one catch to become the 25th player in NFL history with 800 career catches. He needs seven catches to reach 100 for the fourth time and 140 yards to reach 1,500 for the third time.

Johnson currently has 799 receptions in 136 career games. If Johnson catches at least one pass in his next five regular season games, he will become the second-fastest to 800 receptions in NFL history. Only Marvin Harrison reached the mark faster, doing so in 131 career games.

Johnson topped 11,000 career receiving yards last Sunday at Reliant Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts in the 136th game of his career. He was the third-fastest to reach 11,000 in league history, behind Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Torry Holt (131 games).

Johnson, 31, has 93 catches for 1,360 yards in his 10th NFL season. He’s on pace for 106 catches and 1,554 yards. If he gets to 1,500 yards, he would tie Marvin Harrison for the second-most 1,500-yard season in NFL history behind only Rice (4).

Johnson has 43 100-yard receiving games in his career and three 150-yard games in the last five weeks. He has 1,002 receiving yards in his last eight games.

5. Reed’s return: Brooks Reed is expected to return to the starting lineup on Sunday, which will give the Texans a stout three-man rotation at outside linebacker. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips called Reed “a force” against the run and opposing tight ends, which will certainly come in handy against Peterson and the Vikings.

A second-year pro out of Arizona, Reed has missed the last three games with a groin injury. He participated in practice each day this week and is listed as probable. With Reed back in the lineup, Connor Barwin will likely start on the weakside with rookie Whitney Mercilus backing him up. Barwin moved from the weakside to the strongisde after Reed’s injury, which elevated Mercilus into the starting lineup.

Mercilus has 6.0 sacks, tying Reed’s 2011 team single-season rookie record. Reed has 2.5 sacks in 11 games after recording 9.5 sacks last season in the regular season and playoffs combined. Barwin has 3.0 sacks after leading the Texans with 11.5 in 2011.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that Reed will not be able to play 70 snaps in his first game. That means Barwin will still take some reps on the strongside as the three outside linebackers rotate to keep each other fresh.


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