Texans morning huddle: Team report, chance at division


Good morning Houston Texans fans! Once again the morning huddle is here to get your day started out the way every day should start…with all the news you need related to Texans football! Today’s links look at the chances to win the division as well as a team report looking at the inside linebacker spot. Enjoy;

Houston Texans emerge from rocky first half with chance to win division – Tania Ganguli, ESPN

"A look at the highs and lows in the first half of the season for the Houston Texans (3-5) and what to expect in the second half:Midseason MVP: J.J. Watt. Many teams’ plans this season have been to throw everything they can at Watt, and if someone else beats them, so be it. It worked for a lot of the season, but in the Texans’ 20-6 win over the Tennessee Titans, Whitney Mercilus became such a problem that the Titans couldn’t dedicate as many blockers to Watt, who feasted. He had 2.5 sacks and nine quarterback hits. Watt now is tied for the league lead with 8.5 sacks and is ahead of his 2014 pace in terms of defensive stats."

Breakfast: Texans dedicate YMCA as official courage house – by Jesse Clark, HoustonTexans.com

"Tuesday was a special day in Houston.More from Toro TimesHouston Texans: Can Sean Payton really be the next head coach?Houston Texans Draft: Michael Mayer should be a no doubter at pick 12Houston Texans already telling fans the Davis Mills era is overHouston Texans have hand forced, waste no time in firing Lovie SmithHouston Texans: Pros and Cons of keeping Head Coach Lovie SmithThe Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, which improves the lives of abused, neglected and at risk children through their 23 courage houses around the country, added another house to its list Tuesday.The foundation, along with the Houston Texans, dedicated the Houston Texans YMCA as the official courage house of the Houston Texans. The facility becomes the 24th member of the National Courage House Support Network for kids across the NFL. The foundation, which began 38 years ago, hopes to have a courage house in each NFL city by 2017."

Texans O happy TE Ryan Griffin is back – by Drew Dougherty, HoustonTexans.com

"Ryan Griffin’s comeback is a welcome one.After getting injured in Week 1 against Kansas City, the tight end spent the first half of the 2015 season on injured reserve designated for return. He’s practiced this week and eligible to play on Monday night at Cincinnati. For offensive coordinator George Godsey, Griffin’s return gives the offense some added flexibility."

Texans report: Bullough shows he’s good fit at LB – by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle

"When the Texans made linebacker Max Bullough a starter against the Titans before the open week, he became the fourth starter to line up next to veteran middle linebacker Brian Cushing this season."