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Houston athletes as Halloween candy

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In the spirit of Halloween I thought I would compare some of Houston’s sports stars to the various types of candy one might expect to receive on Halloween night. As with our sports stars, some types of candy always bring the excitement, while others never make it out of the bottom of the bucket.

Astros

Jose Altuve – Snickers.  A 3 tool MVP player. Chocolate, caramel, and peanuts. You just aren’t the same without it.

Alex Bregman – Sour Patch Kids. A sour exterior followed by an oh so sweet interior. Impossible to quit once you start on them.

Justin Verlander – M&Ms. A gold standard of candy that never seems to age.

Carlos Correa – Three Musketeers. Is solid but more forgettable than you would hope.

Texans 

JJ Watt – Gummy Bears. You think that eventually they would get boring, but they consistently deliver and are ultimately lovable.

Deshaun Watson – Pop Rocks. Deliver that kick of excitement just when you need it.

DeAndre Hopkins – Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. Simply the best. You know its good but it is always even better than you thought when you bite into it.

Will Fuller – Butterfinger. Disappointingly brittle.

Rockets 

James Harden – Candy Corn. Is the face of Halloween candy but no one actually likes it.

Chris Paul – Hershey Bar. A known entity that commands respect but is likely to be melted by the end of the night.

Carmelo Anthony – Candy that has been sitting in a drawer for 3 years. You think “Hey candy is candy how bad can it be?” You take a bite and realize you have made a huge mistake.

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The Houston Texans kept it closer than the experts thought they would, but couldn't pull out a victory. Here are 11 observations from the loss in Cleveland to the Browns.

1. The game looks totally different if Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor finishes the game. Taylor left at halftime with a hamstring injury. He was playing exceptionally well against his former team. Taylor is not expected to play Thursday according to NFL Network.

2. Davis Mills had a rocky NFL debut which was to be expected. Mills looked to have the wrong elements of a few plays. He also couldn't hit backup wideout Andre Roberts over the middle and threw an interception. It was a fine performance considering what Mills showed he could do in the preseason.

3. Mills didn't work with a full load of offensive weapons in the second half. Rookie wideout Nico Collins didn't return to the game after his lone catch and big run early in the game. Veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola left the game with an injury. Tight end Anthony Auclair left with an eye injury. The Texans entered the game without wide receiver Anthony Miller who was inactive.

4. Brandin Cooks is a monster through two games. He is the most dangerous skill position player on the team, and defenses still have trouble covering him and staying with him. Cooks turned in yet another impressive day for this team and hauled in a Davis Mills touchdown pass.

5. The Browns did a solid job against the ground game of the Texans. Mark Ingram averaged under three yards per carry and Tyrod Taylor was the only rusher to have a big play on the ground. This led to a fair number of third-and-long situations which the Texans usually had trouble converting.

6. Justin Reid was set to increase his payday on his next contract with his early play. Reid forced a fumble and had an interception in the first half. Unfortunately, Reid would leave the game multiple times with injuries. The knock on Reid has always been his health.

7. The Texans were worn down by the Browns rushing attack all day. Once Cleveland committed to the run they saw the success of their work culminating in a 26-yard scamper by Nick Chubb for a touchdown. The Browns didn't run as much as I excepted them to run early.

8. Tim Kelly had another nice day calling plays. Kelly remains creative in finding ways to get the ball out of Taylor's hands quickly as well as manufacturing matchups where the Texans can win and pick up yards. He even got creative to get Davis Mills a passing touchdown late in the game. Kelly has been very impressive through two games.

9. Andre Roberts was inexcusably bad today. The Texans defense held on the opening drive and his muffed punt eliminated the momentum from the defensive stand. He also had poor returns on kickoffs. His lone job is to be a solid returner, and he failed at that on Sunday.

10. David Culley had a head-scratching decision foregoing an offsides call on a third down. The head coach opted for the result of the third down, and a punt on fourth down, instead of another third down. He did not explain himself well postgame on the decision either.

11. The Texans hung tough and should feel solid about where they could have been without the injury to their quarterback. With no Taylor in the short week, it will not be easy to beat the Panthers who upset the Saints on Sunday.

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