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“This league comes down to close games,” Cooks said. “Great teams find a way to go out and finish and we haven’t been able to do that. Today we just didn’t start fast. These past four weeks have been frustrating as a competitor, but we’ll continue to get better.” more
“It’s hard to win football games when you can’t finish,” said Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith. “That’s the core of it and we have to fix that. Defensively we can’t stop the run, we’re giving up big plays, and offensively we’re turning the ball over and turning it over in the endzone." more
“We have to learn how to close games out,” Hughes said. ”We were up on those guys and we had our chances in the second half and fourth quarter to shut the door as a defense. When you have someone on the ropes, you have to shut them down completely and solidify the game. We didn’t do that." more
“What they did last year, they dominated us at their place and they dominated us at our place, that’s motivation and we don’t run from it,” Smith said. “A lot of what happened came from mistakes we made in all three phases. We feel like we’ve corrected a lot of that." more
“Defensively anytime you can get a shutout, that’s really big,” Smith said. “There were a lot of good things we did. They did exceptional and made the right plays and it was good to see the way they competed tonight.” more
The Astros have already built over a ten-game lead in the AL West divisional race while holding the second best record in the major leagues and the best record in the American League. more
“These guys are showing up every day, and they’re getting better, we come out here every day and they listen, have a great staff coaching them up and the entire team is coming out here and trying to make plays." more
“I think we just get a little bit more physical in training camp and so that’s always a great focus,” McDaniels said. “But the most important thing is no steps back." more
The Dynamo continue to falter as they dropped a 3-1 contest against Austin FC and the Dynamo are now winless in their last four games. more
“It’s going to be great getting the pads on those guys,” Barrett said. “Once you do that and you get that contact you get to see if we can sustain what we’ve already accomplished. That’s what’s going to be the key." more
“There’s a reason these two have had the longevity they’ve had and have had the success they’ve had,” Caserio said. “You can see it everyday with Hughes. The overall day to day with him, how he prepares and his thought process." more
The Rockets had the presumed No. 1 pick fall in their laps and took no time pouncing, as Houston took Jamari Smith with the No. 3 pick in the draft, adding to an already exciting young team brewing in Houston. more
“I feel like I’m at a good spot right now,” Mills said. “Obviously there’s still a lot of room to grow, but I’m feeling more confident and comfortable out there and I’m really comfortbale with my teammates around me. I’m just ready to keep progresseing and head into this season.” more
Houston was picked as one of 16 sites for the 2026 men’s World Cup on Thursday, as the tournament will be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. more
“Those rookies that can go right now are really settling in,” Smith said. “Pitre for one has been outstanding. He has a knack for the football and has done a lot of good things. You can say the same thing about Kenyon (Green). more
“Those guys that aren’t really getting many reps they have something going on that we’re trying to fix up,” Smith said. And if they’re only getting a few reps it’s because we are easing them back into competition. We want everyone to be at 100%.” more
The NFL released it’s regular season schedule on Thursday, and with it came a slew of interesting matchups for the Texans. more
Those two first round picks set the Texans up in future years for two of the most important positions on the field with players the teams feel can make a humongous difference. more
But that fast start ultimately would not lead to a victory for the Dynamo, as they fell 2-1 to the Verde, bringing the teams record to 3-3-3 and dropping Houston to seventh in the Western conference standings. more
The Texans signed a number of players over the first days of NFL free agency, as the team is expected to have significant turnover after handing out lots of 1-year deals last season. more
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