Texans morning huddle: Madden predicts a loss, Clowney’s impact on the run game


Friday is here once again Texans fans and it is time to get geared up for the next big game. The Houston Texans host divisional rival Tennessee as they look for win number three.

Today’s news includes the weekly Madden NFL simulation as well as a look at who will suit up and who won’t this Sunday. Enjoy;

Texans rule out Kareem Jackson, Cecil Shorts, Akeem Dent, Benardrick McKinney – by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle

"The Texans will be shorthanded at inside linebacker as coach Bill O’Brien has ruled out rookie Benardrick McKinney and veteran Akeem Dent for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.McKinney will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion, and Dent is out with a hamstring injury."

Football 101: Jadeveon Clowney’s impact on the run game – by John Harris, Texans Analyst

"The Texans defense didn’t have much going for it down in South Florida last Sunday and that might be an understatement. There were really two players that I thought played up to expectations and beyond. Defensive end J.J. Watt won’t like the fact that I’m singling him out as having a Watt-like ball game in a loss like this but he did make a handful of impact plays in the game.The only other player that truly stood out was a guy many didn’t even think would see the field in 2015. Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans’ top selection in the 2014 draft, has been a bright spot amongst some truly ugly defensive action. He registered the first sack of his career in the first half and continued to produce some “wow” moments in that Miami game."

Madden Matchup: Texans vs. Titans – by Eric SanInocencio, HoustonTexans.com

"Madden Prediction: Titans 28, Texans 21First off, let’s hope Madden 16 is wrong. The game predicts another Texans loss, which I’m guess if you are reading this website, you don’t want. In the simulation, the Titans gashed the Texans on the ground, running for 122 yards in the victory. Tennessee got off to a good start (sound familiar?), jumping out to a 21-7 lead. The Texans pushed hard late (14 points in the second half), but couldn’t close the gap.Will the curse come back? Or will the winning streak continue? We shall see on Sunday."

Texans’ Watt expected to play Sunday against Titans – Fox Sports

"Texans coach Bill O’Brien said defensive end J.J. Watt, who missed a practice this week with a minor back injury, is expected to play against Tennessee on Sunday.Also along the defensive line, Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday. He had an illness and a sprained ankle Wednesday, but is also expected to play for the Texans (2-5)."

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