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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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Five things to watch: Texans vs. Raiders

Posted Oct 8, 2011

Here are five things to watch on Sunday when the Texans (3-1) face the Oakland Raiders (2-2) in Week 5 on Hispanic Heritage Day at Reliant Stadium.


Here are five things to watch on Sunday when the Texans (3-1) face the Oakland Raiders (2-2) in Week 5 on Hispanic Heritage Day at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

1. Foster’s feast?: Texans running back Arian Foster had 30 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown in the Texans’ 17-10 victory over Pittsburgh last Sunday, showing no ill effects from the hamstring injury that kept him out of two of the first three games. The 2010 NFL rushing leader scored the game-winning touchdown on a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter, and his rushing total was the highest by any player against the Steelers since 2003.

Foster could take on an even more prominent role with Andre Johnson sidelined by a hamstring injury. The Texans ran the ball on 15 of the 24 plays after Johnson was injured last week, and their backfield depth has been thinned out by injuries. Chris Ogbonnaya will likely be Foster’s backup, while Ben Tate (groin) or Derrick Ward (ankle) is expected to be available as a third option.

Last season at Oakland, Foster had 133 yards on 17 carries, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown run, despite being held out of the first quarter for disciplinary reasons. The Texans ran for 249 yards and passed for only 192 in that game. The Raiders have been vulnerable on the ground this season, ranking 29th in rushing defense (136.0 yards/game) and 32nd in yards allowed per carry (5.91).

2. Run DMC: Foster led the league in rushing last season. Raiders running back Darren McFadden holds that distinction through four games in 2011.

McFadden (6-2, 210) has 468 rushing yards and three touchdowns, averaging a league-high 6.2 yards per carry. He also has 15 catches for 132 yards and a score. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips compared him to Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson this week for his quick feet, tremendous burst and powerful style.

The fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, McFadden ran for a career-high 1,157 yards in 2010 after being slowed by injuries in his first two seasons. A threat to score on any play, he has reeled off a run of 40-plus yards in three of the Raiders’ four games this season. That includes a career-long 70-yard touchdown against the Jets in Week 3, a game in which he averaged 9.0 yards per carry.

McFadden has at least 150 rushing yards in the Raiders’ two victories but has been limited to a combined 147 yards in their two losses. The Texans are tied for 18th in rushing defense (108.8 yards per game) and rank 27th in yards allowed per carry (4.94).

3. Replacing 80: It’s safe to expect plenty of rushing attempts from both teams, but the Texans also have the tall task of trying to replace Johnson in the passing game.

Jacoby Jones will start in Johnson’s place. He started three times for Johnson last season, catching 11 passes for 200 yards (18.2 per catch) in those games.  That included a career-best 115 yards on five receptions at Denver in Week 16.

The Texans will try to replace Johnson’s production from a variety of spots. Without Johnson last season at Oakland, tight end Joel Dreessen led the team with five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Walter had four catches for 35 yards and Foster had three for 56 and a touchdown. Running back Steve Slaton had two catches for eight yards. Jones had one catch for 12, and tight end Owen Daniels had one catch for eight yards as he was dealing with a hamstring injury.

Daniels figures to be the Texans’ top target as long as Johnson is out. He had a team-high six catches for 59 yards against the Steelers, a game in which no Texans wide receiver besides Johnson caught a pass. Fullback James Casey, who had five catches for 126 yards in Week 3, also could see more balls thrown his way. He had only one catch for eight yards with a fumble in Week 4. Foster also should continue to be heavily involved in the passing game.

4. So much speed: The Raiders have speed all over the field, particularly on the edge at wide receiver and cornerback.

Raiders players have recorded four of the six fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2008: wide receiver Jacoby Ford (4.28), cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (4.28), receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (4.30) and strong safety Tyvon Branch (4.31). Cornerback Stanford Routt ran a 4.27 in 2005. McFadden ran a 4.33 in 2008. Third-year receiver Louis Murphy ran a 4.33, and rookie receiver Denarius Moore and sixth-year receiver Derek Hagan ran 4.45s.

The Texans have speed of their own at cornerback to contend with the Raiders’ receivers. Johnathan Joseph ran a 4.31, Jason Allen a 4.39 and nickel corner Brice McCain a 4.33. That should come in handy as Houston tries to limit Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell, who has nine passes of 25 yards this season, from connecting on deep balls.

5. Sack attack: The Texans are tied for fifth in the league with 12 sacks, but Campbell has been sacked only twice this season behind stellar protection from his offensive line. One of those sacks came when he got his feet tangled up with McFadden in the backfield.

Getting pressure on Campbell will be critical to limiting his ability to air it out deep. Campbell has a 105.4 passer rating in his last five road starts, completing 65.1 percent of his passes with 1,024 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. He has an efficient 89.1 passer rating this season.

The Texans have been generating pressure from all over the front seven in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense. Outside linebacker Mario Williams and defensive end Antonio Smith are tied for the team lead with four sacks apiece. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin has two sacks, and defensive end J.J. Watt and nose tackle Shaun Cody both have one.

Campbell played against Phillips-coached Dallas Cowboys defenses five times from 2007-09 with the Washington Redskins. He was 1-4 in those games with an 80.2 passer rating, five touchdowns and four interceptions. He was sacked at least once in each game, four times in his last meeting with Phillips’ Cowboys and 11 times overall.

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