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Five Bold Predictions for the Houston Texans

Sam Schneider | May 24th, 2020

Memories are short among NFL fans. Many do not even recall that the Houston Texans finished the 2019 season with a division championship at 10-6 and beat an upstart Buffalo Bills team in the first round of the playoffs. Following that, they went up by 21 points in the divisional round before the eventual SBLIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs went on a rampage and sent them packing. A tumultuous offseason then erased those memories for fans outside of Texas.

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Early 2020 Wins and Losses Projections: AFC South

Brady Podloski, Byron Jewell, Mason Thompson | May 10th, 2020

The AFC South is a chaotic division year after year, with each team having its own hot streak. This past year, we’ve seen two superstars depart the division in DeAndre Hopkins and Jalen Ramsey, both adding to the mystery of who will win the division next. Each team has its own question that they must answer, in order to find success. Overall, this division is unpredictable year to year, and with the 2020 schedule set, there will be some interesting games to watch. With that said, this is an eight-part series where our Scorecrow NFL analysts do an early prediction of the wins and losses of each team. We projected all 256 games and have the winners and losers of each division!

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Houston Texans Post Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Barry Livingstone | April 16th, 2020  

The Houston Texans’ season came to an abrupt end after giving up a massive lead to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans were exposed for not having enough depth on defense nor top-end talent to match up with the Chiefs blazing-fast offense.

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Brandin Cooks’ Fantasy Value in Houston

J.R. Duren | April 10th, 2020  

Brandin Cooks is switching uniforms, again. The question is, what does the trade to the Houston Texans do to his fantasy value? Is he a borderline WR2/WR3 or a top-10 sleeper? Say what you will about the Texans personnel decisions, the key for fantasy managers is how Cooks will affect the Texans’ offense and how the Texans’ offense will affect Cooks.

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CeeDee Lamb: 2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Givanni Damico | April 5th, 2020

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma #2

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 198 LBs

Eligibility: Junior

Games Watched: Alabama (2018), Houston (2019), Texas (2019), UCLA (2019), Baylor (2019 x2), LSU (2019)

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NFL Free Agency Day One Recap

Givanni Damico | March 17th, 2020

Welcome to my recap of the first day of free agency, or at least tampering. A lot went down today. A lot of wholes were filled by some teams, and a lot were opened by others (*cough* Texans *cough*). Overall, this has been a really exciting day for the average football fan. Let’s get into it. Continue reading

DeAndre Hopkins traded to the Cardinals!

Givanni Damico | March 16th, 2020

I was having a nice, calm day in my neighborhood. I’m taking my dog for a walk when my buddy texts me “Hopkins and a fourth to the Cardinals for David Johnson and a second!” My brain would not allow me to believe this was DeAndre Hopkins, so my first thought was actually Trey Hopkins, the Bengals’ center. My initial thoughts were that this was a massive overpay on Arizona’s end for a mediocre offensive lineman. Then I went on Twitter.

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Houston Texans Pre Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Mason Thompson | February 26th, 2020 

The Texans were knocked out in the divisional round by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. They finished the year without a general manager and are looking to go into the draft with Bill O’Brien in that de facto role. O’Brien made significant moves during the season, sending Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for a bag of chips, but sending two first-round picks to bring in Laremy Tunsil. Without a first-round pick, the team will have a lot of trouble finding players in the draft to fill their needs. I listed the Texans’ biggest needs as interior defensive line, edge rusher, and cornerback.

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Houston Texans 2019 Season Recap

Nick Jehamy| January 30th, 2020

The Houston Texans were part of the closest division in the National Football League with four games separating the top (Texans) and bottom (Jacksonville Jaguars) teams in the division. The Texans ended the regular season at 10-6, one win less than the season before and the second season in a row winning the division. Continue reading

AFC Divisional Preview: Houston Texans vs Kansas City Chiefs

Ethan Hewett | January 12th, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs will be hosting the Houston Texans at 3:05PM ET on Sunday, January 12th. The game will feature a rematch between the two teams who squared off earlier this season in week six where Houston emerged victorious 31-24. Continue reading

NFL DFS: Bills vs Texans Showdown Slate

Brandon Braasch | January 4th, 2020 

The NFL playoffs are officially here. What better way to get things started than a showdown slate. The AFC South division champions, Houston Texans, host the Buffalo Bills. Both teams were able to rest players last week because they were locked into there playoff seeding. With both teams coming in fresh, here are my top players and game predictions for this playoff matchup.

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Saturday NFL DFS Slate Week 16

Brandon Braasch | December 20th, 2019 

This is a special slate as it is the only Saturday this season with NFL regular season games on. There are three games on this slate. The first game is going to be an offensive masterpiece with the Houston Texans going into Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. The second game is going to be a defensive masterpiece with the Buffalo Bills heading into Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots. Last but not least the third game is an NFC West battle between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Below are my top players and game predictions for all three games.

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Woz’s NFL Week 13 Notebook: Disastrous Eagles Slump to Dolphins

John Woz, Jr.  | December 2nd, 2019

The NFL playoff race took another turn in the AFC after the Patriots fell for their second defeat. Elsewhere, a competitive NFC playoff picture makes for an exciting end to the regular season. The Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals rocked Week 13 in the NFL. Carson Wentz received a lot of grief on social media after the Dolphins beat the Eagles. The Jets had the chance to win four straight, but it wasn’t to be. Andy Dalton led the Bengals to their first win of the season. My NFL Week 13 Notebook starts with a big upset before moving on to a monster clash in Baltimore.

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Week 13 NFL Picks: Spreads, Props and More

Mike Fanelli & Givanni Damico | November 30th, 2019

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and didn’t beat the hell out of anyone on Black Friday. If you got to enjoy the three Thanksgiving games, all three were entertaining, unless you’re a Cowboys fan then just two were entertaining. The underdog covered in two of the three games with the Falcons coming up a point or two short of covering the spread in their game against the Saints. With the NFL playoffs a little more than a month away, there should be plenty of competitive games this week.

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Thursday Night Football Week 12

Brandon Braasch | November 21st, 2019

Tonight’s game features two teams battling for first place in the AFC South. The Indianapolis Colts go into Houston to face the Texans. Both teams are 6-4 with the Colts having the tiebreaker for beating them the first time these teams met up. Here are my top players in this divisional matchup. Continue reading

TNF Fantasy Preview: Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans

Mike Fanelli November 21st, 2019 

This time next week all of us will be enjoying Thanksgiving with three football games on. Unfortunately, that’s not till next week and we have to get through another week of football first. The good news is this is the last week of the season with teams on a bye. Fantasy owners will be without their star players on the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings this week. However, tonight’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans should offer an entertaining game.

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Woz’s NFL Week 11 Notebook: Brilliant Ravens sweep Texans

By John Woz, Jr. | November 18th, 2019

The Baltimore Ravens made it six straight wins on Sunday, to move three games ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This week’s NFL notebook spotlights a team from each conference. The Ravens and Vikings have the No.1 and No.3 ranked rushing offense, respectively. I’ve grown fond of both teams, so let’s start with the hottest team in the NFL.

He’s done it again!  Lamar Jackson led the 8-2 Baltimore Ravens to an incredible 41 -7 victory over the 6-4 Houston Texans. Jackson was in MVP form, as he was 17/24 with 222 yards and four touchdowns. Houston couldn’t stop the run, and Jackson had nine carries for 86 yards rushing, taking his total to 788 yards on the season, a league high for quarterbacks.

Ravens offence plays heavy metal football

The Term Heavy Metal Football is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club. However, the Ravens too are playing heavy-metal football. The NFL’s No.2 offense tore the Texans to shreds. Jackson wasn’t the only standout performer on the Ravens offense. Gus Edwards, Mark Ingram, Mark Andrews, and Seth Roberts chipped in with touchdowns.

The No.1 ranked rushing offense was relentless with 36 carries for 263 yards and a touchdown. To put that total into context, Houston had a net total offense of 232 yards.

Improving Ravens defence

Matt Judon led a brilliant performance by the Baltimore defense to shut out Houston for three quarters of the game. Judon had seven tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss. Don Martindale’s defense set the tone early. The Texans tried to run the ball up the middle early in the first quarter, but the Ravens linebackers swarmed the rush, forcing Houston to punt the football.

Deshaun Watson is a dual threat quarterback, but the Ravens pass rush unit breached the pocket to register six sacks against Watson for a loss of 49 yards. Watson’s performance was irritable from a Texans point of view, as he held onto football for far too long. The Texans scouting network should have highlighted that the ravens defense do not need invitations to pressure the quarterback. A.J. McCarron came in for a snap only to end up taking a sack.

Watch John Harbaugh’s team closely in their next two games. Baltimore faces two acid tests in weeks 12 and 13, at the Rams and against the 49ers, respectively. I can’t wait for the latter matchup; it is mouthwatering.

Vikings show mettle to top Broncos

The 8-3 Minnesota Vikings left it late to defeat the 3-7 Denver Broncos by 23-27. The Vikings have shown resilience in their last two games, winning by narrow margins. Vic Fangio’s team had a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Broncos couldn’t sustain a dominant start. Football has a tendency to be unpredictable. The Broncos held the Vikings to 37 yards on the ground, despite having the third best rushing offense in the league.

Kirk Cousins led the Vikings comeback including a 44 yard pass that found Stefon Diggs in the Red Zone. Rookie Irv Smith put the home team on the board with his first NFL touchdown and the Vikings never looked back. Veteran Kyle Rudolph had five catches for 67 yards and a game-winning touchdown. Dalvin Cook reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.

Von Miller registered a sack, against his 50th different quarterback in the NFL. Shelby Harris had three sacks on the day. Fangio and the Broncos front office got lots to figure out. The Broncos lost their third game in their last four.

I believe there is more to come from Minnesota. A bye weeks gives the Vikings time to prepare for Russell Wilson on the road in Week 13.

Final Word

I love the game of football, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Ravens in 2019. What’s impressive is the way the Ravens compete on all phases of the game. We saw similar performances in 2018, but Baltimore’s brave run ended at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers. The Ravens can reach the Super Bowl but they must learn from last season’s playoff defeat.

The NFC playoff picture is on a knife edge. The Vikings are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North. Can Mike Zimmer get the best out of his quarterback? He will need to if the Vikings are to make a push for the divisional title.

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Weekly Gambling Picks

Daniel Corrigan | November 12th, 2019

Another week is down and we are still up. Since I have been keeping track of my picks, I am 15-8-2. Not to brag, but if it was legal for me to gamble on sports, I would be pretty damn rich. So if you are allowed to gamble, it’s time to get rich. If you are like me, let’s get theoretically rich!

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Woz’s Notebook NFL Week 8: 49ers Drop a 50 on the Panthers

John Woz, Jr. | October 28th, 2019

The 7-0 San Francisco 49ers continue on the rich vein of form, and rookie Nick Bosa once again showed why he was a top draft pick. Bosa had an unbelievable game with three sacks in yesterday’s 51-13 demolition over the 4-3 Carolina Panthers.  The league’s basement teams are still losing, and the Cincinnati Bengals may win the right for the first overall draft pick.

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The Texans Future Is In Jeopardy

Mason Thompson | October 23rd, 2019

After finishing the 2018 regular season with an 11-5 record, the Houston Texans seemed destined to maneuver their way through the playoff picture and wind up as an underdog to win the Super Bowl. The team finished the 2018 season losing to the Indianapolis Colts 21-7 in front of their home crowd in NRG Stadium on January 5th in the wild card round. Not only did the team lose in the first round of the playoffs, but star quarterback, Deshaun Watson was also sacked an insurmountable 62 times in 2018, fifth-most in NFL history. Most Texans fans knew that this wasn’t going to be their year, and were already looking forward to the off-season where they would potentially add talent, and enter the 2019 season with high hopes. Little did they know, the team would undergo a massive reconstruction during the off-season and early weeks of the 2019 season.

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NFL Power Rankings: Week Seven

Raul Vazquez | October 22nd, 2019 

There was a ton of movement in the weekly rankings this week. The one constant in the NFL seems to be the Patriots while the 49ers are legit and the Ravens might be the biggest threat to the Patriots in the AFC.

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Week 7 Fantasy Streamers

Chad Davis | October 15th, 2019 

Week seven fantasy streamers are here! The four teams on bye this week are the Browns, Buccaneers, Panthers, and Steelers. Here are some options you can use to replace players at quarterback, tight end, defense/special teams, and kicker. Continue reading

NFL Power Rankings: Week Five

Raul Vazquez | October 8th, 2019 

Week five was a weird week with a ton of close games and some unexpected winners. The Patriots still hold the top spot but there was a ton of movement throughout the rankings.

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The Walsh Way – Week 5 DFS GPP Plays

Kevin Walsh | October 5th, 2019

GAME THEORY

All my plays are based on DraftKings pricing. Its also important to note that when I list a player as a fade, I do not mean I will have 0% of them, but I will be way under the field as far as exposure goes, and likely will not play them on single entry lineups. Continue reading

NFL Power Rankings: Week Three

Raul Vazquez | September 24th, 2019 

There was a lot movement in my rankings this week but that is a result of it still being early in the season and still finding out the identity of teams. The Giants are the biggest movers this week as they moved up nine spots with the play of Daniel Jones.

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Saints vs Texans: Key Matchups

John Lepore | September 9th, 2019

Tonight the New Orleans Saints open up their 2019 season against the Houston Texans. The last time these two teams met was in November of 2015. In that game in Houston, the Saints managed only two field goals and the Texans got two touchdown passes from Brian Hoyer (to Ryan Griffin and Cecil Shorts) and a touchdown run by Alfred Blue to secure the 24-6 victory. New Orleans also hasn’t won their opener since 2013. Tonight will be a bit different.

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Monday Night Football DFS

Brandon Braasch | September 9th, 2019

The first weekend of football has been crazy. We started off with a slug-fest on Thursday Night, with the Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears. Then came the early game Sunday slate, which was wild and resulted in the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, and Kansas City Chiefs all putting up 40+ points. The afternoon games even gave us a tie, when the Arizona Cardinals came back to force OT vs the Detroit Lions. Who knows what Monday’s games will bring us? Let’s see how the two Monday Night game slate looks from a DFS perspective:  Continue reading

Fantasy Battle: Deshaun Watson vs Aaron Rodgers

Joshua Abbe | August 29th, 2019 

With the shocking retirement of Andrew Luck, the quarterback position has thinned a little bit at the top of the draft board. In this fantasy battle, I’m looking at two players who should be targeted at their ADPs if fantasy players want a top quarterback. Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers are two of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the league. According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Watson is being drafted at pick 5.03 as the QB2 while Rodgers is going pick 5.11 as the QB3. So let’s dig a little deeper on who I favor.

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Houston Texans Draft Review

Lamarr Fields | May 3rd, 2019

The Houston Texans, fresh off a playoff appearance, came into the draft needing offensive linemen and secondary help. The Texans need to do a better job to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was sacked 62 times last season. Also, the Texans pass defense ranked 28th in the league. Let’s take a look at their draft.

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Houston Texans 7 Round Mock Draft: Time to Protect Deshaun Watson?

Mike Fanelli | April 23rd, 2019

The 2019 NFL draft is just a few days away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven-round mock draft predicting every Houston Texans’ pick. Thanks to a previous trade, the Texans have three picks within the top 55 selections. Continue reading

Houston Texans Season Review: The Future is Bright

Mike Fanelli | March 9th, 2019

The 2017 season was looking so bright as rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was setting the league on fire. Then a torn ACL in practice ended his season and the Houston Texans went on to win just one of their last nine games, but with a healthy Watson, the 2018 season had high hopes. However, the season started off very ugly. The Texans started the season 0-3 including with loses to the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants. Facing the Indianapolis Colts in week four, the Texans’ season flipped 180 degrees within one snap.

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Wildcard Injury Roundup Part 1

Beth Sullivan | January 5th, 2019

As the NFL prepares for wild card weekend a quick look at injuries for each team that might impact the outcome of the games is warranted. Most of the teams involved in this weekends games come into the playoffs in decent shape as far as injuries are concerned. Considering 17 weeks of the season have been played and several players are on IR, their status is already known. This article will look at players still on the active rosters of each team.

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Colts vs Texans AFC Wildcard Preview

Dale Money | January 5th, 2019

The first game of the NFL Playoffs has the potential to be one of the best wildcard matchups this weekend. The Indianapolis Colts were only the third team in NFL history to work themselves back from a 1-5 hole and win a playoff spot. As remarkable as that feat is. You have the Houston Texans, who were the first team to survive a 0-3 start and punch their ticket.

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Have The Houston Texans Found The Missing Piece In Deshaun Watson?

Dale Money | December 1st, 2018

Monday Night, the Houston Texans wanted to honor their late owner Bob McNair, who died last week at age 81. They did him proudly, becoming the first Team in NFL history to start a season 0-3, before going on an eight-game win streak.

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Week 11 Waiver Wire Adds

Frank Dyevoich | November 13th, 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages who can read, we have reached the tipping point of the fantasy season. The playoffs are around the corner and we only have three more weeks to get our teams into postseason shape. The most important piece of advice that I have for all the fantasy owners out there is to be aware of your league’s trade deadline. There is no worse feeling than agreeing on that last trade that puts your team into championship contention and you go to propose it and instead you see those evil words “Deadline passed.”

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