Texans morning huddle: Victory Monday, Mercilus has a huge day


The Houston Texans improved to 3-5 after beating the Tennessee Titans and the morning huddle has all the news you need from the game here. Stories like the big day the pass rushers enjoyed as well as where freebies are being passed out due to the win are all available below. Enjoy;

Whitney Mercilus has a sack party against TEN – by Deepi Sidhu, HoustonTexans.com

"Mercilus posted a career-high 3.5 sacks on Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger. It was the most sacks in a game since Nov. 27, 2011 at Jacksonville when Connor Barwin had four sacks.“Pretty much just working my moves on Taylor Lewan,” Mercilus said of his sack success. “Try to get him thinking; pretty much it’s just a chess match. Try to get in his mind as much as I could. Try to use my speed, my power and use it in succession.That is exactly what I did on each sack.”"

Hoyer’s 2 TD passes help Texans top Titans 20-6 – SI.com

"A 21-yard touchdown reception by DeAndre Hopkins put Houston on top in the second quarter and the Texans (3-5) didn’t trail after that. Nate Washington’s 42-yard TD catch extended the lead to 17-6 in the third.Zach Mettenberger threw for 171 yards with an interception in his second straight start in place of rookie Marcus Mariota, who is out with a knee injury. Mettenberger was hurried and harassed all day to remain winless in eight career starts, with three against the Texans.The Titans (1-6) had three turnovers in their sixth straight loss since a win over Tampa Bay in the opener.Texans’ win means freebies for all of us – by Matt Young, Houston ChronicleAside from the lucky T-shirt you wore that was so unbelievably clutch, you didn’t have much to do with the Texans winning, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get to reap the benefits.Each week the Texans win, fans get all kinds of free or discounted food – from slushes to nuggets to cupcakes – and even a clothing discount.The Texans beat the Titans on Sunday, so go grab your free stuff."

Down year for J.J. Watt? He’s actually on a better pace than 2014 – by Tania Ganguli, ESPN

"In a good mood after the Texans’ 20-6 win over the Titans, defensive end J.J. Watt ribbed the media.Does he know how many sacks he had through eight games last season?“Not as many as I’ve had this year, I know that,” Watt said. “So maybe you guys can stop talking about how down a year I’ve been having, that’d be good.”"

DeAndre Hopkins breaks Texans receiving record – by Deepi Sidhu, Houston Texans.com

"DeAndre Hopkins is making history.Hopkins has now passed Andre Johnson (2,806) for the most receiving yards in a player’s first season in team history. Hopkins now has 2,822 yards through just 40 games."