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  • Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Sonic Drive In

    Friday, November 28
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 2720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a free item (1/person) for this hour at this location.
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures.

  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 12:00 PM CST Titans at Texans The Texans host the Titans at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Derek Newton and Ben Jones at the Verizon Northline Store, 4400F North Freeway, Houston, TX 77022.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 11077 Northwest Freeway (Hwy 290 @ 34th St.), Houston, TX 77092.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

  • Fri., Dec. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 5
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 1665 W. FM 646 Rd., League City, TX 77573
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos for this hour at this location
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures
    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 12:00 PM CST Texans at Jaguars The Texans travel to Jacksonville to face off against the Jaguars.
  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson at the Verizon BLVD Place Store, 1700 Post Oak Blvd.,
    Houston, TX 77056.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at FCCU

    Meet Texans tight end Garrett Graham at the First Community Credit Union located at 10300 Louetta, Houston, TX 77070.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

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Vandermeer's View: Texans vs. Ravens

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Crossing paths with the Ravens should remind the Texans what it takes to be a consistent contender in this league. Baltimore is an organization in transition yet you get the feeling they will find a way to contend.



Crossing paths with the Ravens should remind the Texans what it takes to be a consistent contender in this league. Baltimore is an organization in transition yet you get the feeling they will find a way to contend.

They are loaded with excuses not to. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are gone. Their best tight end is out and their top two wide receivers from last year are absent. One for a few weeks, the other forever.

Yet the Ravens smashed the Texans 30-9 in a head scratching loss that brings up a bevy of questions.

Sure Houston was without Duane Brown and Andre Johnson was hobbled and ultimately sidelined. But there was plenty of firepower to avoid an anemic offensive performance that failed to produce a touchdown.

Defensively, the yardage number shines but Wade Phillips' crew couldn't get off the field enough when they needed to in the second half. The Ravens did just enough offensively as a 'pick 6' and a punt return for a score got them some separation and made the game much more comfortable for them.

We'll start this week with...

Needs work:

Matt Schaub probably can't wait to get back on the field so he can erase the memory of a second straight game with an interception returned for a touchdown. If this team is going to go anywhere, he can't continue to create perilous situations with bad throws.

Special teams - Giving up the TD return was an absolute killer. Lechler has been fantastic and Bullock went 3-for-3. But Dom Capers taught me long ago that when you give up a special teams score, you almost never win.

Takeaways - There hasn't been one since opening night and they are sorely needed. Houston is minus three in the turnover margin and good teams are rarely on the wrong side of sea level in this department.

Running game - Even when the yards have been there (like last week when they ran for 172), you get the feeling that they aren't exactly clicking.

Penalties - Gary Kubiak took the blame for 14 penalties but a veteran team has to be sharp and focused. The Texans were sloppy. Some of the flags were because Houston was aggressive on D but there are no reasonable excuses overall here.

The Good...

Hmmm - It's only week 3 and they're in a tie for first in the division. And hey, the 'peak early' thing is not part of the conversation.

Next week is a date with Seattle which has all sorts of fire breathing dragons in the front seven. Plus, the Seahawks have a mobile quarterback who will give the defense a work out. Get ready for a hotly contested affair.

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