On Now
Coming Up
  • 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

News

Print
RSS

Playoffs still attainable for Texans

Posted Dec 7, 2010

The Texans know that a big win on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens will give them the momentum they need to make a playoff push late this season.


Yogi Berra is right. It ain’t over. Well, it’s almost over for the Texans with their 5-7 record and four games to play. Still, until the final ray of light closes shut on their playoff dreams, they believe in the old baseball cliché.

And why not? Gary Kubiak’s tenure as head coach has a trademark of late-season charges. Although none of the rallies has ended in the playoffs, the Texans are thinking this could be the year that four in a row will get them to postseason.

“We’ve been here before, we’ve been able to go four in a row and I know we’re going to do the same thing this time,” defensive tackle Amobi Okoye said. “I know this team and the individuals on this team and nobody is letting down, nobody is quitting, that’s the No. 1 thing.

“In everyone’s eyes, you see the determination, the willingness not to give up.”

The Texans won their final four games last season for a 9-7 record, their first winning season. They lost a spot in the playoffs on a tie-breaker in the final game of the season. In 2008, they had to win five of their last six games to finish 8-8. The pattern held in 2007 when the Texans were 5-7 and closed out 3-1 for their first-ever non-losing season.

Even in 2006, Kubiak’s first season as head coach, the Texans won three of their last five games for a 6-10 record.

So, why not believe?

Wide receiver Andre Johnson believes the Texans can come back, but not because of past history.

“That was last year,” Johnson said. “We just have to play. I don’t think people thought we could do it last year, but we did. We have to play. Sometimes, you go play a game and get a win and it flicks on a switch.”

Someone needs to throw that switch on quick Monday night when the Baltimore Ravens visit Reliant Stadium.

“You get some momentum and everybody gets to feeling good,” Johnson said. “This is a big stage Monday night, playing against a great football team and we’ll go see what happens.”

The Texans’ mad dash to the finish line must begin Monday night after dropping five of its last six games. A little help could aid their cause.

They got a little help from an unexpected source on Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys upset the Indianapolis Colts, who had four passes intercepted.

“I thought that it was going to be this way just because you look at the schedule and how we all play each other,” Kubiak said. “Everybody kind of has their problems, so to speak. All of us play each other, but our problem right now is that we got to beat Baltimore. We got a big game Monday night and we’ll have to play excellent to beat them.

"We’ve got to stay focused on that.”

Indianapolis’ loss dropped the Colts to a 6-6 record, one game ahead of the Texans. Jacksonville at 7-5 is in first and the Texans share last place with Tennessee.

The Texans hope to match Baltimore’s defensive intensity and play a full game.

“Sixty minutes, that’s been knocking us,” safety Bernard Pollard said. “We aren’t who we think we are. They’ve got a bus load of dogs that are going to scratch every play. We play two, two-and-a-half quarters really well. We hold quarterbacks under their mark. We hold their running game under their mark. But we get to a point in the game where we lose focus and lose that edge.”

The Texans have problems, but motivation isn’t one of them.

“I think they’ve been very motivated,” Kubiak said. “They went to New York (Jets) and played a great football game. We didn’t finish a minute. There wasn’t a lack of motivation there. We went to Philly and we’re in a dog fight in the fourth quarter playing very hard and pretty good as a football team. I don’t see that (motivation) as a problem.

“Those things are in front of us. They know what’s going on. They know what’s there for our football team, but we got to play good enough to take care of it, too.”

Taking care of business in the fourth quarter has been a major problem. The Texans took a 24-20 lead into the fourth quarter against Philadelphia and gave up two touchdowns and lost 34-20. They lost on last second plays to the Jets and Jaguars.

They are so irritatingly close.

“There are moments we lose something,” Okoye said. “We’re kind of known for it; it’s the staple of what we do throughout the game.

"There’s always some time we tend to lose it.  All we can do is go out there Monday and not get into that moment.”

Offensively, the Texans face the Ray Lewis-led Ravens' defense, which is among the most potent in the league.

“The way they played the other night (against Pittsburge), just look at the intensity of the game and very physical,” Johnson said. “They have a lot of great players over there and it’s going to be a big challenge. We have to go execute our offense and protect the quarterback. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”

Okoye agrees with Yogi.

“It’s the simple fact we were in the same position last season, but we have a better situation this season,” he said. “We have more motivation, more light at the end of the road as far as handling our business.”

The Texans are counting on being good once again in December.

“We play best when our backs are against the wall,” cornerback Glover Quin said. “It just so happens we’ve played some ball going down in December, so we need to get that done this year. Nine wins probably will get us in the playoffs, so we’ve got to do what we do.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Michael A. Lutz worked for The Associated Press for 38 years covering news and sports in Louisville, Ky. Dallas and Houston. Most of that time was spent in Houston covering the Oilers, Astros, Texans and other college and pro sports.

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.