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Texans’ offense faces longest yards on third down

Texans’ offense faces longest yards on third down

In coach-speak, an offense’s getting “off schedule” means facing third-and-long instead of third-and-short. And rarely have the Texans been more off schedule than they were Sunday in the 23-6 egg they laid against the Vikings, imperiling their chanc
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  • Texans lose: Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate,…

    Texans lose: Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate, dangit.

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    OK, Texans need to beat Indy in Indy to get the bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Texans have never beaten Indy in Indy. I wish I had great news for you after a very flat looking loss. Probably the best news is that because of th.…
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  • Texans notes: J.J. sack, A.J. hits 800 catches and more

    Texans notes: J.J. sack, A.J. hits 800 catches and more

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    With the Texans’ lone sack against the Vikings, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt moved within two of the NFL record with a game to play. Watt has 20 1/2 sacks, one ahead of Aldon Smith of the 49ers entering San Francisco’s Sunday night game. Michael
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  • "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your S…

    "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from London Fletcher losing his lunch to sad Tom Brady. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • Grading the Texans: Week 16

    Grading the Texans: Week 16

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    QB: F Matt Schaub threw for 178 yards and no touchdowns. His longest completion was 19 yards. He was sacked three times. He didn’t get the Texans into the end zone when they faced first-and-goal at the 1. RB: F- Arian Foster carried 10 times for 15 yard
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  • Colts, not Texans, with nothing to lose

    Colts, not Texans, with nothing to lose

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    Since it became apparent the Indianapolis Colts had a shot at joining the Houston Texans in the playoffs, we've frequently wondered if Houston would have anything to play for in their Week 17 matchup in Indianapolis. It illustrates the league's fantasti…
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  • Foster leaves Sunday’s game with irregular heartbeat

    Foster leaves Sunday’s game with irregular heartbeat

    During Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, Texans running back Arian Foster left with what was described as an illness. After the game, coach Gary Kubiak called it an irregular heartbeat. According to Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle, Kubiak added that
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  • Houston not doing much to validate contender status down the st…

    Houston not doing much to validate contender status down the stretch

    yahoo.com Dec 23, 2012
    Minnesota, in the middle of the NFC playoff race, needed to win on Sunday. Congratulations to the desperate Vikings for getting a huge win to stay in the playoff race. But ... what exactly was that, Houston? The Texans aren't doing anything to solidify …
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  • Harvey: Fans’ boos more noise than team made

    Harvey: Fans’ boos more noise than team made

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Texans were able to answer one question Sunday. They won’t rest their starters next Sunday in Indianapolis. I’m not sure how much they were thinking about that last week, when the local media began to look ahead to a victory over the Minnesota tha
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  • Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings topple …

    Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings topple Houston Texans

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings keep playoff hopes alive with win over Houston Texans
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  • J.J. Watt gets sack, forces fumble

    J.J. Watt gets sack, forces fumble

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    J.J. Watt continues his historic run. The Texans defensive star recorded his 20 1/2th sack, also forcing a fumble by Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. He became the ninth player in NFL history to record 20 sacks. The Texans got the ball at the Vikin…
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  • Another field goal gives Vikings 16-3 lead

    Another field goal gives Vikings 16-3 lead

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    Blair Walsh kicked a 39-yard field goal as the Vikings increased their lead over the Texans to 16-3 with 11:31 left in the third quarter. Adrian Peterson had a 21-yard run during the drive, and Whitney Mercilus was penalized 15 yards for roughing the pa…
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  • First-half analysis: offense terrible so far

    First-half analysis: offense terrible so far

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Texans just finished the worst half for an offensive team I’ve seen. Considering what’s at stake, the perfect condition and the opponent, the offense has been horrible. The defense has done a great job against Adrian Peterson, but it’s letting C
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  • Vikings' Walsh sets NFL record for 50-yard FGs

    Vikings' Walsh sets NFL record for 50-yard FGs

    ESPN.com chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    Minnesota's Blair Walsh kicked a 56-yard field goal against the Houston Texans to set an NFL record with nine field goals of 50 yards or longer this season.
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  • Vikings up lead to 13-3

    Vikings up lead to 13-3

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    Blair Walsh kicked a 41-yard field goal as the Vikings extended their lead over the Texans to 13-3 with 37 seconds left in the first half. Christian Ponder threw a 21-yard pass to Jarius Wright on the drive, which went 21 yards in five plays and took 1:…
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  • Diverse religious and spiritual beliefs coexist in the Texans l…

    Diverse religious and spiritual beliefs coexist in the Texans locker room

    chron.com Dec 23, 2012
    Sometimes defensive end Antonio Smith will stand at his locker  with an open Bible in his hands, reading in between conversations. Smith, better known for his goofiness, is also one of a handful of Texans who are regular attendees of the Texans’ weekly
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  • Pregame nuggets to chew on

    Pregame nuggets to chew on

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    In the Vikings' last six games, quarterback Christian Ponder has completed one pass of 15 yards or more downfield in 23 attempts. The Texans have not been playing great pass defense, but facing such a non-threatening quarterback could provide a major bo…
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  • RTC: A discussion of faith with the Texans

    RTC: A discussion of faith with the Texans

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    Reading the coverage ... Houston Texans A look at football and faith on the Texans, which extends well beyond Christianity, from Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. "It's such a violent sport," running back Justin Forsett said. "Peopl…
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  • Video - Ponder, Peterson Discuss Win 00:30

    Ponder, Peterson Discuss Win

    Dec 23
    Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson comment on the Vikings' 23-6 win over the Texans.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Vikings-Texans Recap 01:59

    Sunday Blitz: Vikings-Texans Recap

    Dec 23
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Vikings' 23-6 win over the Texans.
  • Video - Vikings Stun Texans 23-6 00:31

    Vikings Stun Texans 23-6

    Dec 23
    Adrian Peterson ran for 86 yards in the Vikings' 23-6 win over the Texans.
  • Video - Texans postgame press conference 02:53

    Texans postgame press conference

    Dec 23
    Texans react following game with Vikings

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16

    Dec 23
    The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.
  • Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man show; more Sn…

    Dec 23
    PITTSBURGH -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 16 that saw the NFL's playoff field taking shape in almost-finalized fashion...
  • Don Banks: After 45 seasons, Bengals finally find some history in repeatin…

    Dec 23
    PITTSBURGH -- Heinz Field felt like history central Sunday in the NFL. But maybe not the way many would have expected.
  • NFL Week 16 review: John Clayton's Last Call

    Dec 23
    There's still plenty of intrigue regarding the NFC playoff race, writes John Clayton.