His mom and family ended up with both his scores as they took in the game from the crowd

Texans player of the game: Hopkins makes big play after big play


DeAndre Hopkins may not have led the Texans in receiving yards but he made some huge plays to get the Texans into position to win the game.

Hopkins would show off his hands and heavy ankles early as he extended out of bounds to snag a Deshaun Watson pass.

The Texans would go on to kick a field goal later in the drive.

Hopkins would find his own points later.

The Texans best pass catcher was aided by the return of his partner in crime Will Fuller. The deep threat of the speedy Fuller helped a ton in opening things up for Hopkins and forcing the occasional single coverage on Hopkins. Fuller would finish the day with 7 catches for 140 yards.

Hopkins again showed why he is one of the best in the NFL decimating the Colts secondary. Will Fuller's return helped a ton but Hopkins made the big key plays in a fantastic win over an AFC South foe.

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With so much on the line for the Astros this past weekend, they couldn't possibly get swept by the Royals, could they?

That's exactly what they did thanks to some poor pitching, and an inability to get timely hits with runners in scoring position.

The Astros are currently clinging to the last wild card position as they head to Seattle to face the Mariners, with Justin Verlander on the mound for the 'Stros.

Starting pitching has been the biggest issue for the club as of late, with Hunter Brown looking unusable moving forward. Brown has given up, wait for this, 6 earned runs or more in 3 of his last 4 starts. His ERA for the season is now over 5.

So how will the rotation look over the final stretch of games? We know for the Mariners series the team is rolling out Verlander, Cristian Javier, and Framber Valdez.

The club is off on Thursday, and they head to Arizona for a 3-game series with the Diamondbacks that starts Friday. We predict JP France will pitch Friday, with Justin Verlander likely taking the ball Saturday.

Then all bets are off for Sunday. It could be Framber on 3-days rest, or all hands on deck for a bullpen game.

Of course, with the division race being so close, things could change on a daily basis. There's even a scenario where Arizona secures their wild card, and the final two games of the season don't matter for them.

The other big factor will be the outcome of the 4-game Rangers-Mariners series that finishes off the season.

Be sure to watch the video above as we examine all the scenarios leading up to the end of the regular season for Houston, and much more!

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