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  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at every stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at each tour from 11am - 1pm, and TORO will be on occasion as well.

    Touchdown Tour Schedule Dates
    All events will be scheduled from 10A – 2P

    Date                            Location                                Address
    Oct. 8                          Mason Park                            75th and Tipps Houston, TX 77023
    Oct. 15                        Sylvester Turner Park             2800 West Little York Houston, TX 77091
    Oct. 22                        MacGregor Park                      5225 Calhoun, Houston, TX 77021
    Oct. 29                        Sunnyside Park                      3502 Bellfort, Houston, TX 77051
    Nov. 5                         Agnes Moffitt Park                  10645 Hammerly Houston, TX 77043
    Nov. 12                       Finnigan Park                         4900 Providence, Houston, TX 77020
    Nov. 19                       Kingwood High School             2701 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
    Dec. 3                         Moody Park                            3725 Fulton, Houston, TX 77009

    Dec. 10                      Blueridge Park                         5600 Court Road Houston, TX 77053
    Jan. 7                        Burnett Bayland Park                6000 Chimney Rock Houston, TX 77081
    Jan. 14                      Alief Community Park               11903 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77072

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.
  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at this stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at this tour from 12pm - 1pm, as well as the Go Texan Express merchandise truck.  Stop by for Texans games and a chance to win great Texans prizes!

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  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Players Show Live from Fuddruckers

    Join Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus from 6 PM – 7 PM at Fuddruckers (11445 Fountain Lake Dr, Stafford, TX 77477) for a live Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 broadcast with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer, and special guests!

    Plus, all Houston area Fuddruckers will be feature a Buy One Texans Burger, Get One Free and $15 beer buckets every Tuesday during the season for fans showing up in their Texans gear, whether the Texans win or lose their previous game, so don't miss out!

    Then stay for Texans Live from 7-8 PM.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

  • Fri., Dec. 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 16
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 8767 South Main, Houston, TX

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE Jumbo Jack 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

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 18, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.

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Five things to watch: Texans at Raiders

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Here are five things to watch for when the Texans (2-1) take on the Oakland Raiders (1-2) in Week 4. Kickoff is on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. CT.


1. Johnson vs. Asomugha – maybe: As individual matchups in the NFL go, it doesn’t get much better than Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson versus Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Johnson (6-3, 223) is a four-time Pro Bowler who has led the league in receiving yards in the past two seasons. Asomugha (6-2, 210) is a three-time Pro Bowler who has rarely been thrown at since intercepting eight passes in 2006. In their past two meetings (2008, 2009), Johnson has four catches for 85 yards.

It’s hard to get too excited about the matchup, though, because it’s unclear if Johnson will play. He didn’t practice this week because of a high-ankle sprain and will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

If Johnson sits out, that opens things up for Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, David Anderson and possibly rookie Dorin Dickerson. When Johnson missed seven games with an injury in 2007, Walter averaged six catches and 75 yards per game, numbers that would net 96 catches for 1,200 yards over a 16-game span. Jones has 11 catches in the last two games and is on pace for the best season of his young career.

2. RB showcase: The game will feature two of the top three rushers in the NFL in Texans running back Arian Foster and the Raiders’ Darren McFadden. Foster, the reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Month, leads the league with 406 rushing yards, while McFadden ranks third with 345.

Both players were 1,000-yard runners in the Southeastern Conference in 2007. Foster had 1,193 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior at Tennessee along with 39 catches for 340 yards. McFadden, a junior at Arkansas, had 1,830 yards and 16 touchdowns at on the ground to go with 21 catches for 164 yards.

McFadden left school early and was drafted fourth overall in 2008. Foster stayed behind for another year and ended up going undrafted in 2009 after his production dipped as a senior. Slowed by injuries in his first two seasons, McFadden is finally starting to live up to his vast potential. Foster, meanwhile, is continuing an incredible rise to stardom after spending most of last season on the Texans’ practice squad.

3. Defending the pass: The Texans are looking to improve their 32nd-ranked passing defense, which has allowed 368.7 yards per game. Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb eclipsed 400 yards passing against the Texans in Weeks 1 and 2, and Tony Romo carved up the Texans’ secondary for 284 yards in Week 3.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has given the Raiders a lift after taking the reins from Jason Campbell in Week 2. Oakland scored 13 points in Week 1 but has averaged 19.5 in two games with Gradkowski under center.

“I think they’re playing very well offensively with the new quarterback for the last two weeks,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s very mobile. They’re good at running the ball and then they add his mobility and those types of things that make it very difficult to defend from that standpoint. They’ve been moving the ball very well.”

Rookie starter Kareem Jackson was beaten for a long touchdown pass by the Cowboys’ Roy Williams last week, but he and the rest of the Texans’ young cornerbacks should continue to improve as the season progresses.

“I think you have to be thrown in the fire and you have to have those rough plays because those are the plays you learn from,” Asomugha said on Wednesday. “If (Jackson) sticks with and continues to work hard he’ll start to see it turn around at some point because it always does. It’s just a matter of being patient.”

4. Looking for more: Defensive end Mario Williams has been a one-man show for the Texans’ defense, recording four of the team’s five sacks this season. Will another player emerge as his running mate in the pass rush to help take pressure off the secondary?

The Texans worked out retired free agent Aaron Schobel this week but didn’t sign him, indicating that they have faith in the players on their roster to get the job done. Look for veteran defensive ends Ryan Denney and Adewale Ogunleye to become bigger factors as they get more acclimated to the Texans’ defense.

Ogunleye has 67 sacks in his career, including 6.5 in 14 games with the Chicago Bears last season. Kubiak said that he is rounding into playing shape and could make his first appearance of the season this week.

5. Protecting Schaub: After being sacked five times by the Cowboys and four times by the Redskins, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been sacked 11 times in three games this season. He was sacked 25 times all of last season.

“There’s a few of those times it’s on me,” Schaub said this week. “There are few times I could’ve thrown the ball away and just gotten rid of it to avoid one or two sacks. It’s part of the game… We’re getting it right and we’re going to be fine.”

Rashad Butler fared well in his first start at left tackle last Sunday. Kubiak said that the high number of sacks is due to a combination of factors.

“The bottom line is we’ve got too many sacks,” Kubiak said. “How you fix it is by blocking better and calling the right plays and get help in certain places. Those are the things that we’re going to continue to do. The best remedy for that is to stay committed to running the football.”

The Raiders have recorded seven sacks in 2010, two more than the Texans. They ranked 11th in the NFL with 37 sacks in 2009.

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