Heartbreaker: Houston Texans Lose Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt to Injuries in Loss to Kansas City Chiefs
American poet Maya Angelou once wrote, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Coming into the season, the Houston Texans looked at the schedule and marked a three-game stretch of games that would give them an idea of where they stood as a team. Reigning Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, strong divisional foe Tennessee Titans, and the team predicted to give New England competition atop of the AFC, Kansas City Chiefs, were the teams Houston looked forward to playing.
On September 1, 2017, the Houston Texans made their star WR DeAndre Hopkins the highest paid player at his position (5 yrs./$81 million - $49 million guaranteed). That exceeds the contract extension WR Antonio Brown received ($68 million/$19 million guaranteed) this offseason from the Pittsburg Steelers. Hopkins has now set the bar for others at his position to seek similar deals.
Offensive Explosion: Houston Texans Move Into Tie for First Place By Scoring a Franchise High in Points
The Houston Texans ranked next to last in 2016 in the first half scoring in at 8.6 points. They scored 30 points in the first half in this past Sunday’s game. They ended up winning the game in a convincing fashion, (57-14) and put the rest of the AFC South on notice that they are here to stay. This was the most points scored by the Texans in a game in franchise history (previous record was 45 against the same Titans team back in 2014).
As a child playing competitive sports, my coaches would tell us before each game that there was no such thing as a moral victory. You either win or lose. Moral victories don’t go down in the record books, they preached. So, every game, my teammates and I would never focus on what we did correctly. Never would we publicly talk about a great catch one of us had if we lost the game. Even when one of our players made a great tackle or even an interception, but the team lost the game. We would remain silent.
Houston Style Magazine Sports would like to send congratulations to our hometown Houston Astros. The 2017 American League West Champions wrapped up the division by defeating the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on this past Sunday. The Astros won the division for the first time since moving into the American League West in 2013. They had previously been in the National League since 1962. It was also the first division title for Houston since 2001.
Walking from the parking lot to the NRG Stadium you could feel an overwhelming spirit resonating throughout the air. Something that wasn’t felt over a week ago when the city was in the midst of a catastrophic natural disaster, Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane was an event that the residents of Houston and surrounding areas are still recovering from. Normalcy was the one thing that the city needed and the Houston Texans looked to help restore the city.
“Chris, keep driving big boy,” says the loud voice bellowing from the football stands at Magnolia High School (Magnolia, Texas). It is an early humid morning and the man behind the voice is in his usual spot with the other dads who have come out to support their sons.
The Houston Texans will take on Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots in their second preseason game. It will be a good test for the Texans as the Patriots have set the bar for excellence in the National Football League. Hopefully, some of that will rub off on Houston as they get a chance to witness first-hand how a champion prepares for the season.
At last, the wait is over. Football is back. The Houston Texans opened the preseason against the Carolina Panthers in the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday night (8/9/17). As is the case with most NFL preseason games, the Texans’ primary goal was to evaluate some of their younger talent and shake the rust off the veterans.