(fanduel) NFL Profiles: Houston Texans 

The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston. The Texans compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division. The team plays its home games at NRG Stadium. The Texans are the youngest expansion team in the NFL, having only been competing in the NFL since 2002. For that reason, they have not had the history or the reputation on which to build classic rivalries like the ones that often exist between older franchises.

 

To both complement and supplement Fanduel’s Super Bowl odds, we will be documenting all the key facts and figures surrounding your favorite teams. We will uncover the history, statistics, and relevant landmark moments. Alongside that, we uncover both players and staff from the current regime and days gone by to provide the overall fan-focused article you desire. Our extensive NFL coverage turns its attention to Houston Texans in this piece, so sit back and enjoy the read and prepare to get educated about everything you need to know regarding the Houston Texans football team; 

 

Fun Facts

  • Battle Red Day: On Battle Red Day the team wears the red alternate jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear red to the game. Starting in 2007 and including 2008, this included the Texans wearing red pants along with the red jerseys.
  • Pre-Kickoff Tradition: Before each kickoff at a home game, the Texans will run a short clip of a raging bull thrashing the opponent of the week. The video is paired with the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck”.
  • Bull Pen: The sections behind the north end zone of NRG/Reliant Stadium are known as the Bull Pen. Some of the most avid Texans fans attend games in the Bull Pen and regular members have helped create and implement fan traditions, songs and chants, such as:
  1. Holding up giant Texans jerseys while the visiting team’s players are announced
  2. Turning their backs on the opposing team after they score
  3. Tailgating in the purple lot, the parking zone with the most barbecue for sale by fans and vendors
  4. Gathering as a group for tailgating in the NW corner of the Platinum Lot of Reliant Stadium at the “Blue Crew” tailgate and conducting the Bull Pen Toast every game approximately an hour and a half prior to kickoff

 

Club Background

Founded: 

2002

Team Colors:

Deep steel blue, battle red, liberty white

Mascot: 

Toro

Nicknames:

Texans

Stadium:

NRG Stadium, Houston Texas.

Capacity:

72,220

Record Attendance:

November 23, 2009, 71,153 

Owner: 

Carol Mcnair and E. Javier Loya (Minority Owner)

 

Recent History

Last Trophy: 

AFC South 2019

All-time Top Scorer:

Kris Brown 767points

Notable Former Players:

  • Aaron Glenn
  • Gary Walker
  • Andre Johnson
  • Jerome Mathis
  • DeMeco Ryans
  • Mario Williams
  • Owen Daniels
  • Brian Cushing
  • Matt Schaub
  • Arian Foster
  • Vonta Leach
  • Johnathan Joseph
  • Chris Myers
  • Antonio Smith
  • Duane Brown
  • Johnathan Joseph
  • Wade SmithWatt
  • Duane Brown
  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Jon Weeks
  • Jadeveon Clowney
  • Benardrick McKinney
  • Lamar Miller
  • Deshaun Watson

Notable Former Coaches: 

  • Dom Capers
  • Gary Kubiak
  • Wade Phillips
  • Bill O’Brien
  • Romeo Crenne

Record Signing: 

Deandre Hopkins $81m

Current Performance 

Last Five Results: 

LWLLW

Last Five Finishing Positions:

2016 NFL AFC South 1st 9 7 0 Won Wild Card playoffs 

Lost Divisional playoffs 

2017 NFL AFC South 4th 4 12 0

2018 NFL AFC South 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card playoffs 

2019 NFL AFC South 1st 10 6 0 Won Wild Card playoffs 

2020 NFL AFC South 3rd 4 12 0

CEO:

Cal McNair

Coach:

David Culley

Notable Current Players: 

Quarterbacks

  • 10 Davis Mills
  •  5 Tyrod Taylor
  •  4 Deshaun Watson

 

Running backs

  • 28 Rex Burkhead
  • 26 Royce Freeman
  • 31 David Johnson

 

Wide receivers

  • 12 Nico Collins
  • 18 Chris Conley
  • 13 Brandin Cooks
  • 81 Davion Davis
  •  2 Phillip Dorsett
  • 15 Chris Moore

 

Tight ends

  • 88 Jordan Akins
  • 83 Antony Auclair
  • 85 Pharaoh Brown
  •  6 Jeff Driskel
  •  9 Brevin Jordan

 

Offensive linemen

  • 68 Justin Britt 
  • 72 Geron Christian 
  • 67 Charlie Heck 
  • 71 Tytus Howard 
  • 64 Justin McCray 
  • 79 Jimmy Morrissey 
  • 74 Max Scharping 
  • 65 Lane Taylor 
  • 66 Cole Toner 

 

Defensive linemen

  • 90 Ross Blacklock 
  • 97 Maliek Collins 
  • 52 Jonathan Greenard 
  • 93 Jaleel Johnson 
  • 91 Roy Lopez 
  • 54 Jacob Martin 
  • 95 Derek Rivers 

 

Linebackers

  • 43 Neville Hewitt 
  • 58 Christian Kirksey 
  • 57 Kevin Pierre-Louis 
  • 32 Garret Wallow 
  • 59 Eric Wilson 

 

Defensive backs

  •  8 Terrence Brooks 
  •  1 Lonnie Johnson Jr. 
  • 25 Desmond King 
  • 39 Terrance Mitchell 
  • 33 A. J. Moore 
  • 22 Jimmy Moreland 
  • 23 Eric Murray 
  • 36 Jonathan Owens 
  • 20 Justin Reid 
  • 24 Tremon Smith 
  • 37 Tavierre Thomas 

 

Special teams

  • 11 Cameron Johnston 
  • 7 Kaʻimi Fairbairn 
  • 46 Jon Weeks 

 

[Fanduel] How Fantasy Football Became Big Business

 The story of Fantasy Football and how the world fell in love with it

If you have never played fantasy football before then you are missing out on something special. Fantasy football is the perfect way to make new friends at work, make watching football more exciting, and get the thrill of winning every week (even if your team is having a bad season).

If you’re a sports lover like us then it probably feels like fantasy football appeared overnight out of nowhere. But now we can’t imagine life without it. However, you may be shocked to learn that fantasy football was actually invented in 1962! And that it was created by Oakland Raiders fans living in New York…

Keep on reading to discover the history of fantasy football.

What is fantasy football?

Fantasy Football is a stats based gambling game. That can be played amongst a group of friends, colleagues, or online. The point tracking can be done by hand or you can use a website to work out and track everything for you.

A group of people agrees to create a league together. Each person drafts together a team from existing players in the NFL that year. They usually make a roster of 52 players (like the real NFL teams do). These players can be taken from any team in the league.

Each person puts forward a weekly team. The performance of each player is scored depending on how well they performed their role. These individual scores are added up and a team score is given. Over the season, all the weekly scores are added up and the person with the most points at the end of the season wins.

Some fantasy sports systems can be quite simple – like done on the number of points scored by a player. However, in football, not all players are given a chance to score. So each player can gain points in fantasy football for actions related to their position – for example, they may get points for an interception or a sack.

This system makes the choice of picking players a little more challenging. Putting together a really good defensive team could rack you up a lot of points. Each choice becomes much more important with this kind of system and we love it!

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History of fantasy football

We challenge you to guess the original name of fantasy football…

Did any of you guess Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League? No, we thought not.

We can date the first fantasy football league back to the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League in 1962. It was created by a group of Oakland Raiders fans who were staying in a New York hotel and were trying to kill some time.

The game was very similar to what we know now. Each person would create their own fantasy NFL franchise based on the current NFL teams at the time. They would then be awarded points based on the success of their players.

The game is believed to have caught on by word of mouth.

In the following decade, a series of companies attempted to monetize the idea in the form of fantasy baseball. There were board games and trading cards that tried to recreate the system. None of this really caught on until the late 1990s when the internet became readily available.

Once the internet was up and running, it wasn’t long before people were making websites that would run people’s fantasy football leagues for them. The players would simply have to enter their team sheets and everything else would be done by the website. This prevented one member of the group from having to go through all the match statistics and adding up the scores.

The idea took off quickly and by 2010 the online fantasy sports business was making over $1 billion dollars every year. Some sportsbooks even began to offer payouts for the winning teams.

Fantasy sports started with football in America but it has spread around the world and into many different sports. It is particularly popular in Australia and the United Kingdom. If you have never played fantasy football before you need to correct that right now!

LEGALITY!

Wagering in sports is growing in popularity and is now legal in many parts of the U.S., which means more than one-third of Americans can participate without even having to leave their homes. It’s critical that those who choose to engage in it know the pertinent federal and local laws and, most importantly, do it responsibly.

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