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Texans HC David Culley had one of the most 'cowardly' punts in years

The “surrender index,” which tracks and evaluates whether teams should go for it, rated Culley's decision as among the most cowardly punts since 1999.

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Texans QB Davis Mills continues trend of struggling rookie QBs

Texans fall to 1-2 as Mills makes first NFL start on Thursday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers.

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Matt Weston

Houston Texans Final Score/Post-Game Recap: Panthers 24, Texans 9

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Davis Mills’s first start is in the books.

Davis Mills was the Texans first selection of the 2021 NFL Draft. It was expected for him to play sometime this season, once the Texans found themselves down in a hole. Instead he was thrust into action early. Tyrod Taylor pulled his hamstring last week. Enter Davis Mills. Enter Davis Mills again tonight.

In the first quarter, Tim Kelly ran the Fisher Price offense. It was screens and quick passes and runs...

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Tim

Texans-Panthers Live

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The Texans’ lone primetime game is here.

It’s a beautiful evening for football at NRG Stadium tonight. This is normally where I’d make a crack about how the roof should be open for this primetime affair, but history tells me I’d likely just be wasting keystrokes.

Instead, let’s talk about the actual game. Davis Mills will make his first NFL start, and it’ll be against one of the best defenses in the league, in front of a nationwide...

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Matt Weston

Thursday Night Football: Texans v. Panthers Inactives

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Here’s who won’t be playing tonight.

Texans v. Panthers is your Thursday Night Football game of the week. It’s also the only Texans only primetime game this season. This reward brings them the NFL’s best defense, a tackle breaking offense, and a competent Sam Darnold.

After taking their first lumps of the 2021 NFL season, losing Tyrod Taylor, Danny Amendola, Terrance Mitchell, and Nico Collins, the Texans received somewhat nice news....

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Tim

Countdown To Thursday Night Football: Panthers v. Texans

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You’ve been waiting all day for Thursday night. Spend those last few hours/minutes/seconds with fellow Texans fans on BRB.

I don’t harbor any illusions about how difficult it’s going to be for a rookie quarterback, making his first NFL start, on a short week, against what may be the best defense in the league, in front of a national television audience to flourish tonight. Odds are the Texans and Davis Mills get destroyed.

But what were the...

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HoustonDiehards

Three and Out: Panthers-Texans Predictions

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The BRB staff predicts the outcome of the Thursday Night Football contest between the Houston Texans and the Carolina Panthers from NRG Stadium.

The Texans had gone a long way to continue to prove they are a better team than I and most others gave them credit for, and then the inevitable Tyrod Taylor injury happened. After six surprising quarters of solid football, Davis Mills took over as Houston’s quarterback and will continue to take the starter...

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Matt Weston

Panthers-Texans Preview: Watch, Listen To BRB On C3 Panthers Podcast

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MEOW.

The Houston Texans play the Carolina Panthers tonight at 7:20 p.m. CDT LIVE on Thursday Nigh Football. To celebrate this occasion, the Texans ‘sole primetime game of the 2021 season, the Carolina Panthers experts at the C3 Panthers Podcast had me on to preview this BIG game. It’s the undefeated Panthers, who have led the league in points allowed, against a Texans team that is starting a rookie quarterback way before he’s ready. What’s the...

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Matt Weston

Texans-Panthers Preview: SIX Things to Watch For

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Bundle up, it’s Thursday Night Football time.

The prevailing image from the 2021 Houston Texans offseason came during the NFL Draft. Deshaun Watson requested a trade, and then was accused of sexual assault by 22 women. The Texans, despite finishing 4-12, didn’t have a first or second round pick, because they traded for Laremy Tunsil two years ago—the ones who loved the trade, pointing to these draft picks being...

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The Davis Mills Conundrum

Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) flips a football in the air while warming up before an NFL pre-season football game Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Houston. | Staff photographer

Mining silver in the abyss.

Davis Mills is starting a game for the Texans earlier than we all thought, but is it a good thing? Tyrod Taylor will likely be sidelined for a month, meaning Mills is now in control of the offense.

The story between Mills and the Texans started during the 2021 NFL draft when he...

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Tim

Justin Reid, Danny Amendola, Kamu Grugier-Hill Ruled Out For Thursday Night Football

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At this point, Deshaun Watson may have to suit up to play defense.

We already knew tonight would mark the dawn of The Davis Mills Experience with Tyrod Taylor on the IR for at least three weeks. Unfortunately for Houston’s defense, the Texans will also be without the services of two defensive starters, as Justin Reid and Kamu Grugier-Hill are also unavailable to face the Panthers tonight thanks to injuries suffered in the loss to the Browns four...

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Matt Weston

Watch and Listen to Battle Red Blog on the C3 Panthers Podcast

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MEOW

The Houston Texans play the Carolina Panthers tonight at 7 p.m. LIVE on Thursday Nigh Football. To celebrate this occasion, the Texans sole primetime game, the Carolina Panthers experts at the C3 Panthers podcast had me on to preview this BIG game. It’s the undefeated Panthers who have led the league in points allowed, against a Texans team who is starting a rookie quarterback way before he’s ready. What’s the worst that can happen.

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Mike Bullock

Davis Mills: The Savior of Thursday Night Football?

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Sharp inhale through clenched teeth...

When you draft a quarterback in the third round, expectations on said player are usually pretty low. Especially when you have a Pro Bowl quarterback and a solid veteran signal caller on the roster.

But, as we all know Deshaun Watson is on ice, and so is Tyrod Taylor’s hamstring.

Which leaves us with the third round, low expectation guy, Davis Mills.

The 6’4” 217 lbs Mills is certainly big enough to...

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Jeremy_Brener

Houston Texans News: September 23, 2021

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans, 7:20 p.m. CT (FOX)

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‘TNF’ preview: Four things to watch for in CAR-HOU (NFL.com)

WRs Smith, Johnson lead HOF first-year nominees (NFL.com)

Angry Houston fans rip ‘disrespectful’ Tennessee Titans over Oilers tribute week (Houston...

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How Houston Texans coach David Culley's culture 'has them believing'

Houston knows that a change won't happen overnight, but Culley's approach has brought a positive vibe to the organization.

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Tim

Thursday Night Football Broadcast Information

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Because how could you miss the Texans’ only primetime game of the 2021 season?

Coming off a 4-12 season, featuring a roster that wasn’t exactly teeming with talent, popular opinion was that the 2021 Houston Texans would, in a word, stink. Hence, they were relegated to a single primetime game on Thursday Night Football this season. But then they looked like a quality football concern in their season opener against the...

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Thursday Night Wildcat

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Has there been a better time to run the wild cat ever?

Before even allowing the media to ask a question David Culley started off his Monday press conference stating that yes, starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor will not be playing for the Texans this week. He then went on the say, “Eh, maybe we’ll throw in a couple more wildcat packages and throw Mark (Ingram) and the boys back there.” I love this answer for multiple reasons. One, I love how David...

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Texans to promote QB Jeff Driskel from practice squad

Jeff Driskel will return to a backup role for the Texans’ Week 3 game.

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Matt Weston

Andre Johnson Now Eligible For Pro Football Hall Of Fame

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One of the few Texans greats is set to try and get into Canton.

187 games started, 1,062 catches on 1,739 targets, 14,185 receiving yards, 70 touchdowns, 701 first downs, 7 Pro Bowls, 2 time first team All Pro. Just outside the top ten all-time in receiving yards and receptions. That’s Andre Johnson’s career resume. Just ignore the stints in Indianapolis and Tennessee, of course. Those journeys across the AFC South never happened.

The wait is...

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Matt Weston

Andre Johnson is Eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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One of the few Texans greats is set to try and get into the Hall of Fame.

187 games started, 1,062 catches on 1,739 targets, 14,185 receiving yards, 70 touchdowns, 701 first downs, 7 Pro Bowls, 2 time first team All Pro, and just outside the top ten all time in receiving yards, and receptions, is Andre Johnson’s total career resume. Just ignore the stints in Indianapolis and Tennessee of course. Those journeys across the AFC South never happened....

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