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    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
     
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics


    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School


    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • 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!

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Five things to watch: Texans at Saints

Posted Sep 24, 2011

Here are five things to watch as the Texans (2-0) take on the New Orleans Saints (1-1) at the Louisiana Superdome in Week 3. Kickoff is at noon CT.


Here are five things to watch as the Texans (2-0) take on the New Orleans Saints (1-1) at the Louisiana Superdome in Week 3. Kickoff is Sunday at noon CT.

1. No. 1 test: As litmus tests go, they don’t get much bigger than the one facing the Texans’ defense in Week 3. Houston has the league’s number one defense through two games under new coordinator Wade Phillips. New Orleans has had the league’s number one offense in three of the last five seasons under head coach Sean Payton.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads the league in passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage since 2006. He has 689 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in two games this season. Among the weapons at his disposal are running backs Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram, who handle much of the work between the tackles, and Darren Sproles, a dynamic runner, receiver and returner.

Wide receiver Marques Colston is out with an injury, but the Saints still have a dangerous set of deep threats in Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem and Lance Moore, along with tight end Jimmy Graham. Their offensive line features two of the best guards in the game in Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge that this team brings, because it’s just a great team,” said Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, a second-year captain. “I can’t wait to see us go against them and us battle.”

2. Foster and/or Tate: In what has become a weekly game of wait-and-see, Arian Foster will be a game-time decision on Sunday. The 2010 rushing champ didn’t play in Week 1, the last time he was a game-time decision, but was able to practice on a limited basis this week on Thursday and Friday. The Texans will work him out Saturday and Sunday morning before determining his status.

If Foster can’t play, Ben Tate will make his first-career start. If he runs for more than 100 yards, Tate will join Cadillac Williams as the second player in NFL history to do so in his first three games. The second-year back out of Auburn had 116 yards in Week 1 and 103 in Week 2, making him one of 11 players in league history with 100 yards in his first two games.

Tate is third in the NFL with 219 rushing yards, 10 yards off the league lead. He’s averaging 4.8 yards per carry without having a single run longer than 18 yards. Derrick Ward is out this week with a sprained ankle, so Steve Slaton would be the Texans’ second running back after Tate. The Saints have only allowed 81.5 rushing yards per game this season, but they gave up 112.3 a game in 2010.

3. Blitzing away: Whether or not Foster plays, the Texans will look to establish their running game to avoid putting Matt Schaub in harm’s way.

Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is notorious for blitzing from anywhere and everywhere. The Saints had six sacks against a banged-up Bears offensive line in a 30-13 victory in Week 2. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that the best way to keep those aggressive blitzes at bay is to run the ball well on first and second down to avoid third-and-long situations.

The Texans have had no problem piling up rushing yards in their first two games. They rank fifth in the league with 152.5 rushing yards per game and second in time of possession, holding the ball for 35:25 per game. A mix of runs and short passes could be a crucial part of their game plan in Week 3.

4. Crescent City shootout?: The Texans will want to run the ball, but the two quarterbacks in this game sure can throw it. It wouldn’t be a shock to see aerial fireworks on display on Sunday in the Superdome.

Since 2008, Schaub ranks second in the NFL with 293.3 passing yards per game on the road. Since 2007, Brees ranks first in the league with 300.4 passing yards per game at home. Brees led the league in passing in 2008 with 5,069 yards, which was the second-most all-time. Schaub led the league in passing in 2009 with 4,770 yards, which was sixth-most all-time.

Schaub ranks fourth in NFL history with a 65.0 career completion percentage, right behind Brees at 65.3 percent. So far in 2011, Schaub leads the league in completions percentage (71.7) while Brees ranks seventh (67.4).

Schaub only has 450 passing yards so far this season, but he’s averaging a career-high 8.5 yards per attempt (Brees is at 8.0 through two games). Should the Texans need to rely on his his arm to move the ball, look out for a big day from Schaub and Andre Johnson.

5. Return factor: Both teams feature dynamic kick returners who could be the X-factor in a game that looks relatively even on paper.

Texans safety Danieal Manning has been a lightning rod every time he touches the ball on kickoff returns, ranking fourth in the league with a 41.7-yard average. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who’s questionable with a knee injury, ranks third with 25.4 yards per punt return. Sproles is sixth in kick return average (33.3) and fourth in punt return average (23.3) for the Saints.

Working in the Texans’ favor on kickoffs is their punter, Brett “The Hitman” Hartmann. The undrafted rookie from Central Michigan has consistently boomed the ball out of the end zone for touchbacks. Texans opponents’ average starting field position has been at the 19.2-yard line. The average starting field position for Saints opponents has been at the 27.3-yard line.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead has eight touchbacks on kickoffs, equal to Hartmann, but the ones he has left in play have been returned for an average of 42.4 yards. Hartmann’s have been returned for an average of 25.2 yards.

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