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Entering key phase of winter, Brian T explores avenues for Astros’ improvmentChip has been traveling for the last several days, so Brian Todd steps up with some key questions as the off season enters a key phase. • •• ••• •• • It didn’t have to be this way. Forty-five games into the 2012 season, I would have beUpvote Share TweetFormer Astros closer Brad Lidge is retiring, according to media reports Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
This offense won’t cut it in New EnglandNASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Texans manufactured just enough offense Sunday at LP Field to extend their winning streak to six games, go to 11-1 and clinch a second consecutive playoff berth. Unlike last season, when the Texans celebrated after clinching the fUpvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Updated Dec 2, 2012Heading into Sunday, five NFL teams had a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Four of them succeeded. The Patriots, Broncos and Falcons all clinched their divisions on Sunday, while the Texans clinched a spot in the AFC playoffs. But the Ravens, who would…Upvote Share Tweet
Injury bug takes aim at Texans againNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The last thing the Texans needed in their 24-10 victory over Tennessee was another rash of injuries, the kind that left them shorthanded on both sides of the ball for Sunday’s game at LP Field. When left tackle Duane Brown limped ofUpvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No champagne. No confetti. No cartwheels. The Houston Texans left Tennessee happy, for sure. They weren’t about to pretend that clinching a playoff berth didn’t mean something. But after a 24-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans, tUpvote Share Tweet
Texans notes: On Locker-Smith tiff, Mercilus and moreTitans quarterback Jake Locker and Texans defensive end Antonio Smith confronted each other after Sunday’s game. “The little young whiffer snapper tried to come and tell a old cat how to play football,” Smith said. “He just came up to me. He fakedUpvote Share Tweet
Megatron Makes It Look Easy: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundupdeadspin.com Updated Dec 2, 2012We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the silky-smooth Calvin Johnson to Mark Sanchez getting his hopes up. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, TN — The Texans jumped on the Tennessee Titans early before holding on tight through some pressure-packed moments in the fourth quarter to escape with a 24-10 victory on a warm, cloudy afternoon at LP Field. Matt Schaub threw two touchdown paUpvote Share Tweet
Texans 24, Titans 3: Shayne Graham kicks 50-yard FGShayne Graham gave the Texans a 24-3 lead as Houston took advantage of another Tennessee turnover. The Texans defense got its fourth turnover of the game when Jake Locker fumbled and Whitney Mercilus recovered at the Tennessee 34. The Texans almost gave…Upvote Share TweetTennessee right tackle David Stewart was carted off the field after breaking his right leg on the opening series against the Houston Texans.Upvote Share Tweet
Texans 21, Titans 3: Foster scores after Dobbins interceptionThe Texans extended their lead to 21-3 with thanks to another big tip from the defensive line. Tim Dobbins took advantage of another tipped pass by the Texans front line to intercept Jake Locker at the Titans’ 10-yard line and return it to the three. FrUpvote Share Tweet
Refs blow call, take away possible defensive TDTexans fans were robbed by the officials of watching Antonio Smith try to rumble for a touchdown. J.J. Watt forced a Chris Johnson fumble, and Smith picked it up and started heading toward the end zone. The referees, though, blew the whistle, ending the…Upvote Share Tweet
Big difference in QB play in first quarterJake Locker had seven straight incompletions and finished the first quarter 2-of-9 for 30 yards passing. Meanwhile, Matt Schaub was 10-of-16 for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter. No wonder the Texans are up 14-3 after the first quarter.Upvote Share Tweet
Now, down-by-contact goes against TexansESPN.com Updated Dec 2, 2012NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When it comes to ruling a player down, officials just can’t get it right with the Houston Texans. On Thanksgiving, the zebras failed to see that Justin Forsett was down and gave him an 81-yard touchdown. It would have been overturnedUpvote Share Tweet
Forsett gets early work for TexansJustin Forsett got some early work for the Texans, carrying the ball four times for 19 yards on their second drive of the game. Included was a nice 11-yard gain in which he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage. Arian Foster did not have a carry on th…Upvote Share Tweet
Texans 7, Titans 3: Tennessee answers with 37-yard FGThe Titans responded with a 37-yard field goal by Rob Bironas. Tennessee drove 59 yards in seven plays as Chris Johnson had a 26-yard run. The Titans suffered a loss when right tackle David Stewart went out with a leg injury. Texans 7, Titans 3 at 9:35 …Upvote Share Tweet
Few new names on Texans’ inactive listWith so many players declared out with injuries, the Texans’ inactive list today against the Titans wasn’t much of a surprise. The only new players added were cornerback Alan Ball, who was listed as questionable with a foot injury, and guard Cody WhitUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Dec 2, 2012Reading the coverage ... Houston Texans Stars have shined to get the Texans to 10-1, but there has also been a roster of unsung heroes like Donnie Jones, Justin Forsett and James Casey, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. John McClain of the Ch…Upvote Share Tweet
Sunday Blitz: Texans-Titans RecapDec 2Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Texans' 24-10 win over the Titans
Texans Clinch Playoff BerthDec 2Matt Schaub threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Texans over the Titans 24-10.
Texans vs. Titans highlightsDec 2Matt Schaub led the Houston Texans with 207 pass yards, 2 TD in a 24-10 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker throws third INT of the dayDec 2Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is intercepted by Houston Texans LB Darryl Sharpton for a two-yard return.
Don Banks: Backs against wall, Batch, Steelers prove they're not quite don…Dec 2BALTIMORE -- We probably should have seen this one coming. The aging Charlie Batch has looked like he was on his last legs for years now. Just like the aging Pittsburgh Steelers. But they both refuse to go away. At least quietly.
Orlando Magic defeat Dwight Howard's LakersDec 2The Magic turned the tables on Dwight Howard and were able to get a victory at Staples center.
Don Banks: Surprisingly, the race is on in NFC West, North; more SnapsDec 2BALTIMORE -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a tragedy-marred Week 13 in the NFL, but one that treated us to multiple fantastic finishes...