Houston Texans

2nd AFC South (6-5-0)

Founded: 2002

Stadium: NRG Stadium

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  • Texans now above .500 with win over Saints

    The Houston Texans (6-5) remain tied with the Colts atop the AFC South after knocking off the New Orleans Saints (4-7) 24-6 on Sunday. Here's what you need to know.
  • 'Hard Knocks' star Charles James now a starter

    Houston Texans corner Charles James starred on HBO's 'Hard Knocks' this summer. After being cut, he returned to Houston in Week 7. He started last week and is become a big part of a now-dominant Texans D.
  • Hoyer passes protocol, will start vs. Saints

    Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Monday that Brian Hoyer has passed his final concussion test and will start for the Texans versus the Saints in Week 12.
  • Hopkins goes air quotes for 'Revis Island'

    Houston Texans stud recevier DeAndre Hopkins picked apart Darrelle Revis Sunday in a win over the New York Jets. Hopkins said he took issue with the way the matchup was portrayed prior to the contest.
  • Hoyer expected to sit out Sunday; Texans add Brandon Weeden

    With starting quarterback Brian Hoyer expected to miss Sunday's game because of a concussion, the Houston Texans claimed Brandon Weeden off waivers to back up T.J. Yates.
  • Texans hopeful Hoyer can play

    Amid an endless cycle of quarterback storylines under Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, T. J. Yates emerged the most recent hero, hurling a game-winning touchdown on Monday night against the Bengals.
  • Watt: We made 'Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder'

    J.J. Watt said the Texans' goal Monday was to make Andy Dalton go from a Red Rifle to a Red Ryder BB gun. After more or less accomplishing that feat, the Bengals' QB wasn't too pleased with those remarks.
  • Texans hand Bengals first loss of season

    T.J. Yates strengthened his reputation of success against the Bengals on Monday, leading the Houston Texans to a surprising victory over a previously unbeaten Cincinnati squad.
  • Hoyer suffers concussion as Texans end Bengals' perfect run

    Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion during the third quarter, but it wasn't enough to stop Houston from bringing the Bengals' undefeated season to an end on Monday night.
  • What to watch for in Texans-Bengals 'MNF' clash

    The Bengals are looking to stay perfect while the Texans are on life support in the AFC South. Something's gotta give on Monday night. Here's what we'll be watching for.
  • J.J. Watt: I don't study QB stats, I just go get 'em

    J.J. Watt has played some of his best games against Cincy's Andy Dalton, but Houston's defensive terror could care less about the past, saying: "I don't study quarterbacks like that, I just go get 'em."
Scoreboard more
NRG Stadium - Wk 12 1 2 3 4 T
New Orleans Saints 0 6 0 0 6
Houston Texans 14 0 10 0 24
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
10 Mon, Nov 16 @ Cincinnati 10-6   W
11 Sun, Nov 22 New York Jets 24-17   W
12 Sun, Nov 29 New Orleans 24-6   W
13 Sun, Dec 06 @ Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
14 Sun, Dec 13 New England 8:30 PM ET
15 Sun, Dec 20 @ Indianapolis 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Christian Covington (DT) P - Hip
Chris Polk (RB) P - Knee
Whitney Mercilus (LB) P - Back
Eddie Pleasant (S) P - Neck
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Brian Hoyer 264 162 1909 15
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Alfred Blue 123 430 3.5 2
Chris Polk 58 191 3.3 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
DeAndre Hopkins 81 1081 13.3 9
Nate Washington 33 499 15.1 3
Cecil Shorts 34 384 11.3 2
Arian Foster 22 227 10.3 2
Transactions more
Date Transaction
11/24 Zac Dysert (QB) Terminated (by Club) from Practice Squad (terminated (by club) from practice squad).
11/24 Gerald Rivers (DE) Practice Squad (practice squad).
11/21 Akeem Hunt (RB) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
11/21 Akeem Hunt (RB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
AFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Indianapolis 6 5 0 .545
Houston 6 5 0 .545
Jacksonville 4 7 0 .364
Tennessee 2 9 0 .182

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Bill O'Brien

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Bill O'Brien was named the third head coach in Houston Texans franchise history on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. The 44-year old brings 21 years of collegiate and NFL coaching experience to the Bayou City.

The former Penn State head coach and New England Patriots offensive coordinator has ascended steadily throughout his coaching career. O'Brien spent the last two years leading Penn State through one of the greatest periods of strife any major college program has endured, garnering national and conference coach-of-the-year awards in the process. In the five years prior to his tenure at Penn State, O'Brien helped lead the New England Patriots to a pair of Super Bowl berths, first as an offensive assistant in 2007 and then again in 2011 as offensive coordinator.

O’Brien's first stop as a head coach proved he has the mettle to handle the toughest of situations as well as the talent and leadership ability to succeed in them. The Brown University alum took on one of the tallest tasks in college football history when he was named head coach at Penn State on Jan. 6, 2012. In addition to replacing Joe Paterno, the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA Football Bowl Division history, O'Brien was saddled with guiding PSU through heavy scholarship reductions, a four-year postseason ban, open transfer policy for players on the roster he inherited and the public aftermath of a devastating scandal that threatened the football program's storied existence.

Penn State won eight of its final 10 games to finish the 2012 season 8-4. O'Brien, who also served as offensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, was named the Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year after winning more games than any other first-year head coach in the program’s previous 125 seasons. He also was named the Big Ten Conference’s Dave McClain Coach of the Year by media and the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by coaches.

A member of the Patriots' coaching staff from 2007 until coming to Penn State, O'Brien rose from offensive assistant his first season to wide receivers coach in 2008 and then quarterbacks coach from 2009-10 prior to his promotion to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2011.

O'Brien began his coaching career at Brown in 1993 as a tight ends coach before serving as inside linebackers coach in 1994. He joined George O'Leary's Georgia Tech staff in 1995 as a graduate assistant, helping the Yellow Jackets to bowl appearances in each of his last six seasons. O'Brien was promoted to Georgia Tech's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001 and assistant head coach in 2002.

O'Brien joined Friedgen's staff at Maryland in 2003 as running backs coach. The Terrapins finished second in the ACC in rushing in his first season and defeated West Virginia, 41-7, in the Gator Bowl. Following two years in College Park, O'Brien served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Duke from 2005-06 before joining the Patriots' coaching staff.

Born in Dorchester, Mass., O'Brien grew up in the Boston suburb of Andover and graduated from St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. O'Brien went on to play linebacker and defensive end at Brown from 1990-92.

O'Brien and his wife, Colleen, have two sons: Jack, 11, and Michael, 8.

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