Houston Texans

1st AFC South (2-1-0)

Founded: 2002

Stadium: NRG Stadium

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  • Wilfork: We 'got smoked'

    Leave it to a former Patriot to perfectly sum up Thursday night's 27-0 beatdown. Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said his team needs to "regroup" after getting "smoked" by his former team.
  • Texans exposed as a pretender vs. top competition

    The hype for the Houston Texans came to a halt after Thursday night's 27-0 loss to the New England Patriots. Chris Wesseling has how the team was out-coached and out-played in Foxborough.
  • Reid accuses Texans player of flopping

    Could flopping become more of a mainstream talking point in the NFL? Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is trying to bring it to the forefront after an alleged incident cost him a touchdown.
  • Gronk, Garoppolo limited in practice; Brissett prepping for Texans

    With Tom Brady exiled from Gillette Stadium for another two weeks and Jimmy Garoppolo recovering from a right shoulder injury, all eyes are on rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
  • Forty-two things we learned from Week 2

    One of the benefits of Week 2? It methodically blew up a laundry list of ponderous narratives coming out last week. Here's what we learned from today's slate.
  • Watt feels great after 'knocking a little bit of rust off' in opener

    J.J. Watt didn't enter the season opener with a full bill of health.. The Texans star defender said it was great to knock a little bit of rust off in their win against the Bears.
  • Texans owner raves about Osweiler's debut

    Brock Osweiler got off to a rough start, throwing an interception on his first possession. Things were much better from there on out, leaving Texans owner Bob McNair to gush about his new passer.
  • Thirty-nine things we learned from Week 1

    On the surface, the opening Sunday of the 2016 NFL season delivered a string of fantastic finishes. But one major theme emerged through the chaos: 2015 held serve. Here's what else we learned Sunday.
  • Watt: I questioned if I would ever play again

    J.J. Watt questioned whether he would ever play again following January's surgery to replace five abdominal muscles. Find out how the Texans superstar is feeling leading up to Sunday's season opener.
  • Watt passes physical, returns to practice

    J.J. Watt took another step forward in his preparation for Week 1. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned to the practice field for the first time in months Monday morning.
  • O'Brien: It 'looks decent' for Watt to play Week 1

    J.J. Watt spent the offseason rehabbing, but coach Bill O'Brien is optimistic the Defensive Player of the Year will be on the field when the Texans open up against the Bears.
  • Texans take Duane Brown, J.J. Watt off PUP list

    Texans left tackle Duane Brown will avoid being put on the PUP list to start the season. The expectation is he'll be back early in the season, just not Week 1, according to Ian Rapoport.
Draft 2016 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 21 (21) Fuller, Will WR 
Rd 2, Pick 19 (50) Martin, Nick OG 
Rd 3, Pick 22 (85) Miller, Braxton WR 
Rd 4, Pick 21 (119) Ervin, Tyler RB 
Rd 5, Pick 22 (159) Dillon, K.J. S 
Rd 5, Pick 29 (166) Reader, D.J. NT 
Scoreboard more
Gillette Stadium - Wk 3 1 2 3 4 T
Houston Texans 0 0 0 0 0
New England Patriots 10 0 10 7 27
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
1 Sun, Sep 11 Chicago 23-14   W
2 Sun, Sep 18 Kansas City 19-12   W
3 Thu, Sep 22 @ New England 0-27   L
4 Sun, Oct 02 Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
5 Sun, Oct 09 @ Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
6 Sun, Oct 16 Indianapolis 8:30 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Chris Clark (T) Full Pract - --
Duane Brown (T) O - Knee
John Simon (LB) Full Pract - --
Braxton Miller (WR) O - Hamstring
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Brock Osweiler 109 65 695 3
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Lamar Miller 74 269 3.6 0
Alfred Blue 8 27 3.4 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Will Fuller 12 242 20.2 1
DeAndre Hopkins 16 223 13.9 2
Ryan Griffin 11 74 6.7 0
Lamar Miller 10 52 5.2 0
Transactions more
Date Transaction
9/13 Soma Vainuku (FB) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
9/13 Dalton Freeman (C) Waived, Injury Settlement (waived, injury settlement).
9/8 Duke Thomas (DB) Waived, Injury Settlement (waived, injury settlement).
9/5 Joseph Cheek (OG) Practice Squad (practice squad).
AFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Houston 2 1 0 .667
Tennessee 1 2 0 .333
Indianapolis 1 2 0 .333
Jacksonville 0 3 0 .000

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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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