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    2017 Houston Texans Season

    The Texans are preparing for Week 1 of the 2017 season but they have so much more on their plates. Duh! With all the work that is ahead for everyone from Port Lavaca to the Louisiana border it’s hard to not have a discussion are the evil interloper named Harvey. To make matters worse, there is a bunch of rain in the Gulf south of the affected areas and, oh yeah, there’s this Cat 5 hurricane named Irma that could still cross the state of Florida and threaten us with yet another ‘storm of the century’. That’s the bad news, the good news is there is football right around the corner and the best way for the Texans to help out the community is to win ball games. The last time a city was as devastated by a storm it was 2005 when Katrina swamped New Orleans. Technically, Katrina didn’t do the damage but it was the damage Katrina did create that caused the levies to break around the city which caused all the flooding. SE Texas were pummeled by a vicious storm that didn’t pack a lot of punch with high winds but the rain was, as we all know, relentless. The helpless feeling of watching the water rise as the rains fell and the subsequent need by many to abandon their flooded homes. The City of Port Arthur may not ever come back to the population it had before Harvey came. People here still remember Ike in 2008 and Rita in 2005, this might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of people. That said, what people in the area need is a distraction. Enter Texans stage left. What would happen if Houston rides the wave of emotions of a devastated area all the way to a Super Bowl like the Saints did after Katrina? How sweet would it be if the Astros ride this wave of energy and the addition of Justin Verlander all the way to their first World Series win and the Texans ride that wave of emotion and take the people of SE Texas all the way to February with back to back championships? Freaking Awesome, right?
    So, that is what is happening now. The Texans are preparing to play Jacksonville this Sunday to begin the 2017 season. The first question for this game was, “Will the game be played in Houston?” for obvious reasons. That question was answered yesterday when it was decided that, yes, the game will be played in Houston. That is good news for everyone concerned except maybe the Jags.
    JJ Watt is leading the way for sponsoring the recovery of the victims of Harvey. His foundation which was hoping to raise 500K has ballooned to over $17MM as of yesterday. Watt and his teammates have been out in the community handing out care packages of water, daily essentials and MRE’s to people who need to eat. All this while preparing for Jacksonville. The Jags have QB issues and Tom Savage has looked pretty good this offseason. The Jags may have problems that Houstonians can relate to as they watch Hurricane Irma bear down on the state of Florida.
    There is good news to talk about like how the Texans and DeAndre Hopkins have come to an agreement to a long-term deal. That was way back on August 31st. It was a deal that made him the highest paid WR in the NFL that is worth $81MM over 5 years with $49MM guaranteed.
    At the opposite end of the spectrum is LT Duane Brown who has been holding out. For his part, Bill O’Brien says he feels good about the team as it sits. Since Brown hasn’t been a party to any of the Texans offseason work O’Brien is happy to push his chips in with Kendall Lamb. If you look at the Texans depth chart on Texans.com Lamb would be the right tackle while Chris Clark is on the left side.
    The link below is a look at the Jaguars in a feature called “Know Your Foe”.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...6-8dfff70faeaa

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    Re: 2017 Houston Texans Season

    Houston is home. The Texans have aided in the community in the aftermath of Harvey, they have donated their time and money for the recovery effort. They have been doing all they could for the city they call home. One of the biggest things they can do now is win games. Especially today in the first game of the 2017 season and their first game after the events of the past two weeks. Houston needs a win. The Astros provided a lift with their series sweep of the Mets in their first games back in Houston and that was awesome for the city. The Astros have put a damper on their own momentum and let the city down by totally screwing the pooch in Oakland. Houston needs a booster shot and the Texans can give it to them by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars today. No pressure but, it is a division game and the city will be out in force to support their Texans because they need a distraction from all the cleanup that is still ahead for so many people. The ultimate distraction would be a Texans win. Honestly, I don't see Houston losing today. It will be too emotionally charged in NRG Stadium today. The hopes of the city as well as the expectations for the team coming off back-to-back playoff appearances the people of Houston are wanting their team to take that next step toward a Super Bowl. The fans of Houston want the Texans to do what New Orleans did after they came back after Hurricane Katrina by winning a Super Bowl. Wouldn't that be something. It all begins today and the final score will be...................

    Houston 27 Jacksonville 13

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    Re: 2017 Houston Texans Season

    I am withholding my opinion of the QB situation in Houston. I will say that the Texans got a lot more scoring out of DeSean Watson than they got out of Tom Savage. I have seen some good things from Savage but people don’t trust him because 1) he can’t seem to stay healthy and, 2) he doesn’t have a good track record of putting up points.
    I can’t blame Tom Savage completely, in fact, he only gets a little of the blame. Why? Did you see that sorry excuse for an offensive line? Your reply would be, “Yeah, they were pretty offensive.” The Jags Calais Campbell set a franchise record for sacks in a half with 4 and the Jags recorded 10 sacks for the game! There are teams who don’t record 10 sacks in a month much less in one game. We will have to see how legit the Jaguars defense is going forward but I can tell you, I’ll bet the Texans will vouch for them.
    Other reasons for the Texans failure on Sunday was;
    1. No run game to speak of. The Jags D didn’t just rush the passer, they played some pretty
    mean run defense too.
    2. The receivers for the Texans were dropping like flies. In fact, all three tight ends for the
    Texans went down with concussions and their availability for Thursday’s game is that they are
    out. Braxton Miller was a no-show and Bruce Ellington went out with a concussion as well.
    3. WR depth is an issue anyway because Houston was missing Jalen Strong and Will Fuller.
    Strong was out due to a one game suspension while Fuller has been out since early in training
    camp with a shoulder injury.
    4. The defense didn’t play particularly well. One reason is because of the lame job the offense
    did suffering many 3-and-outs which doesn’t give the defense much time to rest before they
    have to go back into the game.

    I hope that Houston can bounce back against the equally bad Cincinnati Bengals who were shut out at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. Today the Texans announced that DeSean Watson will be the starter tomorrow night. No offense to Tom Savage but with the lousy offensive line play you need a QB who is more mobile than Savage is. Hey Rick Smith, thought about giving LT Duane Brown a little salary increase? The O-line could certainly use Brown especially since Jeff Allen suffered an ankle injury.

    The Texans signed rookie tight end Evan Baylis out of the Oregon to their 53 man roster to given them at least one TE on the roster. CJ Fiedorowicz has been put on IR with a severe concussion while Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson will be out with concussions of their own. Here’s Wednesday’s final injury report for tomorrow night’s game.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...1-0e71ed257f78

    Rough week for our boys, don’t you think?

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    Re: 2017 Houston Texans Season

    The Texans are coming off a somewhat unimpressive win against a totally unimpressive Cincinnati Bengals team. The defense flip-flopped their bad play against Jacksonville the week before and they were pretty impressive against the Bengals last Thursday. Even on a short week the Texans looked fresher and more ready to go than Cincy. Andy Dalton had another so-so game in much the same way he had against Baltimore the week before. At least the Bengals managed to score against Houston but kicking 3 field goals won’t win you many games in the NFL unless you have a couple of TD’s to back them up. The Bengals offense was so inept the offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese, was fired after only two games. Zampese’s offense managed only 3 field goals in two games. This despite having a stable of really good running backs led by Giovani Bernard, a really good tight end in a healthy Tyler Eifort and wide receivers led by AJ Green and Brandon LaFell. Bill Lazor was promoted from QB coach to OC and it’s a daunting job to turn around an offense as impotent as Cincy’s. Especially, when you consider Lazor is not liable to change the playbook much. He can’t, you cannot redo an offense in a 10-day span. You have to toss what hasn’t worked and focus on what does and add a little bit as you go. I doesn’t help matter when the Bengals next game is in Green Bay against a pissed off Packers team. But enough about the friggin’ Bengals, this thread is about the Texans.
    Houston is coming off a win and that is a good thing. No team wants to start the season 0-2. Just ask the Jets, Browns and Colts in the AFC and the Giants, Bears, 49ers and Saints in the NFC. Life at 0-2 sucks. The bad thing is Houston will have to travel to Foxborough Massachusetts to play the Patriots this Sunday. If it was the Patriots who got clowned by Kansas City in Week 1 then I would say Houston had a puncher’s chance to win. If it’s the Pats from last Sunday’s smack down of the Saints I would have to say that Houston is in big trouble.
    If you wondered why it seemed like the only players that Deshawn Watson seemed to throw to last week was DeAndre Hopkins and Tyler Ervin it’s because he pretty much was. Bruce Ellington was concussed and had to leave the game. Braxton Miller hasn’t shown up yet in a game and all of the starting tight ends from Week 1 are all concussed and one, CJ Fiedorowicz is on Reserve/Injured because of the concussion he suffered against Jacksonville. The guy Houston really needed to step up was Jaelen Strong and after a promising training camp he has been a virtual no-show so far in the regular season. Strong was a 3rd round pick for Houston from Arizona State and in 2 seasons and 2 games he has failed to distinguish himself, even a little bit. Bill Parcells used to say that you need to see something from a player by his 3rd season or you need to move on. That is exactly what Houston has done. Yesterday they gave Strong his outright release.
    A bit of good news was announced yesterday as WR Will Fuller V was back at practice for the first time since August 2nd when he broke his collarbone. Fuller was expected to miss 2-3 months because of the injury so it was a big surprise to see him back after only 6 weeks. There is no timetable for his return but the fact he is practicing seems to be saying he will be back on the field within 2, maybe 3, weeks. You never know, it could be less.
    Other personnel moves are:
    The Texans have signed WR Andy Jones.
    The Texans have signed T Jah Reid
    LB Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games for PED use. It is his second such suspension. The first was in his 2nd pro season when he was suspended 4 games.

    Rookie Zach Cunningham out of Vanderbilt University is having a Heckuva rookie season. He came in the Jacksonville game for Brian Cushing when he suffered a concussion and played very well. He started this past Thursday against Cincinnati and played very well. It is looking like Houston has found another keeper on defense.

    The Texans got more bad news Monday when it was reported that CB Kevin Johnson will miss at least 6 weeks with a partially torn MCL in his knee. Jonathan Joseph was injured in the Cincinnati game and may be out for a while too leaving Kareem Jackson and a bunch of rookies and wanna be’s to man the secondary. I’m exaggerating of course but it seems like Houston will have its back against the wall in the defensive secondary for a while.

    It’s sort of amazing how well Bill O’Brien rallies the team around itself when adversity hits. There is definitely adversity facing the Texans now so maybe Houston has a shot at beating the Patriots at home. Maybe.

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