September 10, 2013 |
While USC fans booed Lane Kiffin's play-calling during the Trojans' 10-7 loss to Washington State, the defense has mostly earned raves. The defense has given up only one touchdown in two games. The Trojans, who play Boston College on Saturday, rank first nationally in rushing defense, surrendering only 15 yards a game, and in sacks with 11. The Trojans are 11 th in total defense (226.5 yards a game) and 19 th in scoring defense (11.9 points a game). In January, after Kiffin's father, Monte, resigned as the top defensive assistant, Kiffin hired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who installed a “52” scheme.
September 11, 2013 |
Denver Broncos star Von Miller can't seem to stay out of trouble. The Pro Bowl linebacker, serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, was stopped by law enforcement last week and cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license, according to a report by CBS4 in Denver. Miller, who set a franchise record with 18 1/2 sacks last season, reportedly was stopped near his home in Arapahoe County. He had been arrested in August after failing to appear in court on misdemeanor traffic violations.
March 21, 2013 |
Free-agent safety Ed Reed is on the verge of signing with the Houston Texans, according to the NFL network. “I'm signing with Houston unless something changes,” Reed told the network. Reed has played for the Baltimore Ravens for 11 seasons and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 61. He helped lead them to last season's Super Bowl title. Last week, Reed flew to Houston aboard owner Bob McNair's private jet and Reed spent two days meeting with coaches and management, but left town without agreeing to a deal.
August 5, 2002 |
OK, Houston Texans. Let's see if you're ready for some NFL football. The league's newest expansion team will take another historic step tonight, when the Texans make their exhibition season debut against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio. "It will be the first time anyone has seen the Texans," Coach Dom Capers said. "Right now, nobody knows a thing about the Houston Texans." We're about to learn. On prime time national TV.
November 13, 2012
The latest edition of The Times' NFL power rankings are out, and we have a new No. 1 team: The Houston Texans, who upended the No. 3 Chicago Bears last weekend, 13-6. The previous No. 1 team, the Atlanta Falcons, fell out of the top spot, but only to No. 2, after their 31-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Atlanta Coach Mike Smith's Falcons teams are 2-7 against the Saints . But not everyone on the Falcons was impressed with New Orleans. FULL LIST: NFL power rankings "It's not like they came out and won a game today," frustrated Falcons receiver Roddy White said.
October 9, 2012 |
J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, said it best after Monday night's 23-17 victory over the New York Jets, which was preserved when a pass by Mark Sanchez was intercepted with 1:51 remaining. "That's what you dream about," Watt said. "It's 'Monday Night Football.' You're on the field. You have a chance to end the game. That's what you want. For us to go out there and do that, it's huge. " OK, he's probably talking about winning the game and not about preserving the Texans' No. 2 ranking in the Times' NFL power rankings, but it's fun to pretend.
December 16, 2012 |
Adrian Peterson took a giant leap toward Eric Dickerson's rushing record Sunday, pounding the St. Louis Rams for 212 rushing yards, including an 82-yard touchdown. The Minnesota Vikings running back now has 1,812 yards on the ground this season, topping his previous career high of 1,760. He is now just 294 yards away from the single-season rushing record. Last week Peterson told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he was eyeing the record of 2,105 yards set by Dickerson in 1984.
November 4, 2007 |
OAKLAND -- Coach Gary Kubiak admits he has never been part of a game quite like the one his Houston Texans played when they came to Oakland a year ago. Despite failing to complete a pass in the second half and finishing with minus-5 yards passing, the Texans somehow managed to beat the Raiders, 23-14, in a game that reached new lows in ugliness. "It's as strange as I've ever been around," Kubiak said. "It was not very pretty.
October 11, 2004 |
The crowd was rocking, David Carr and Andre Johnson couldn't miss and the Houston Texans had just forced the game into overtime by rallying from a 21-point deficit. Then Daunte Culpepper fired a perfect spiral to a streaking Marcus Robinson, and just like that the comeback was over and the Minnesota Vikings had escaped with a 34-28 win.