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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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Texans must improve in red zone against potent Patriots

Posted Jan 7, 2013

The Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round on Saturday despite a dismal performance in the red zone.


The Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round on Saturday despite a dismal performance in the red zone.

Coach Gary Kubiak knows they can’t repeat that on Sunday in the Divisional Round at New England. The margin of error will be razor-thin against a Patriots team that averaged 34.8 points per game in the regular season, best in the NFL in 2012 and sixth-best in NFL history.

“Missed opportunities, they hurt all the time, but against these guys, they’re a lot worse because of what they do offensively and how good they are,” Kubiak said on Monday. “When you get opportunities to go down there to score some points, you better. You better not hurt yourself. We’ve got to find ways to do that. They’re going to make plays and we understand that, but we’ve got to find a way to make quite a few ourselves.”

The Texans were 1-of-4 in the red zone Saturday against Cincinnati, settling for three field goals from inside the 10-yard line. It’s why the game was close (19-13) despite the Texans’ decided advantages in yards (420-198) and time of possession (38:39-21:21).

The Texans finished the regular season ranked 12th in red-zone conversion rate, scoring touchdowns on 56.14 percent of their chances (32 of 57). But their red-zone offense started showing signs of trouble in the final three games of the season.

In Week 15 against Indianapolis, the Texans won 29-17 at Reliant Stadium but were 1-of-5 in the red zone. They were 0-of-1 the following week in a 28-6 loss to Minnesota, then 1-of-3 in a 28-16 loss at Indy. Before that three-game stretch, they had converted less than 50 percent of their red-zone chances in just one game all season, a 1-of-3 effort in Week 5 in a road victory against the New York Jets.

The answer to their recent red zone problems?

“Finishing,” Kubiak said. “That’s the biggest thing. You get down, the field gets smaller. You’ve got to make the little plays down there, and that’s probably the biggest thing we need to look in, especially (Saturday). We had a lot of second-and-nines down there from that standpoint, but we’ve got to make the small plays. Whether you check a ball down on a three or four-yard pass, you’ve got to do that so you’re giving yourself a legitimate chance. One time, we had a first-and-20 that we didn’t overcome and had to kick a field goal. We’ve just got to finish. We moved the heck out of the ball and had a good day offensively. We’ve got to finish, got to put those points on the board.”

The Texans were 2-of-2 in the red zone in their 42-14 loss at New England on Dec. 10, but their first trip didn’t come until they were down 28-0 in the third quarter. They didn’t get back to the red zone until trailing 42-7 late in the fourth quarter and with backup quarterback T.J. Yates in the game.

Down 7-0 in the first quarter, the Texans drove to the Patriots’ 21-yard line. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw an interception in the end zone on a pass intended for Kevin Walter. Down 21-0 in the second quarter, the Texans forced back-to-back three-and-outs on defense. Both times, the ensuing drive ended in a turnover on downs in New England territory. The Texans scored zero points on three first-half trips inside the Patriots’ 40-yard line.

With Sunday's rematch on the horizon, Kubiak hopes the Texans can get into the red zone as much as they did against Cincinnati. Finishing those trips off with touchdowns instead of field goals will be an emphasis in practice throughout the week.

“I want to move the ball like we did this week,” he said. “We moved the heck out of the ball. (Red zone offense) is the negative coming out of the game, but there were so many positives. To move the ball the way we moved it, we were excellent on third downs, to hold the ball 39 minutes in an NFL football game – let’s take those positives, let’s work on that negative. It’s going to be extremely important, but we’re going to stay committed to what we’re doing. And like I said, hopefully we have just as many chances, but we have to take advantage of them.”

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