TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — DeAndre Hopkins has provided the boost the offense needed, J.J. Watt is having productive games on defense, and quarterback Kyler Murray continues to put up big numbers.
Yet the Arizona Cardinals are still a mediocre football team.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The standings say the Arizona Cardinals are an average team with a 2-2 record.
That's pretty much how defensive lineman Zach Allen would rate the season's first four weeks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — J.J. Watt and his wife Kealia have spent the past few months looking at ultrasounds of their unborn son and wishing for the best.
They never thought they’d be looking at pictures of Watt's own heart.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals are playing the first half of football games as if they just rolled out of bed.
The good news is they do eventually wake up. The problem is it's usually too late.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-7, Lost in wild-card round)
New faces: WR Marquise Brown, G Will Hernandez, TE Trey McBride, RB Darrel Williams, LB Nick Vigil.
Key losses: EDGE Chandler Jones, LB Jordan Hicks, RB Chase Edmonds, WR Christian Kirk, DL Jordan Phillips.
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-13)
CAMP SITE: Houston
LAST YEAR: The Texans won just four games for the second straight season after winning the AFC South the previous two seasons, costing coach David Culley his job after just one year.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-7)
CAMP SITE: Glendale, Arizona
LAST YEAR: The Cardinals looked like one of the NFL's best teams for the first three months of last season after winning their first seven games and improving to 10-2 after a victory over the Bears on Dec.
The Arizona Cardinals are a team in desperate need of a spark, stumbling into the playoffs with a 1-4 mark over the past five games.
J.J. Watt and his bionic left shoulder might be able to provide it.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has been designated to return from the injured reserve list by the Arizona Cardinals, leaving open the possibility he could boost the team's defense during the playoffs.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Quarterback Kyler Murray and All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins were both at practice for the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday in a sign the team's top two playmakers might be ready to return after a three-game absence.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt will miss his first game of the season with a shoulder injury and the team is down to their third-string center for Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's season is on pause for the moment — and may be for a while. That doesn't mean the Browns have to slow down as well.
Mayfield missed Thursday night's game with a shoulder injury that worsened last week when he fractured a bone during a fall after being tripped by Arizona's J.J.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — J.J. Watt acknowledges it will be strange on Sunday when he sees the blue and white jerseys of the Houston Texans, the franchise he spent 10 years with before signing with the Cardinals during the offseason.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have released veteran defensive end Whitney Mercilus.
He was the 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft and spent his entire career with the Texans. Mercilus was one of the longest- tenured players on the team after most of the team's stars have been traded or released in recent years.
ARIZONA (5-0) at CLEVELAND (3-2)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Browns by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Byron Murphy caught a glimpse of J.J. Watt bearing down on Trevor Lawrence and figured the pass would be underthrown.
Murphy pounced, stepping in front of Jacob Hollister and turning a trick play into a Pick-Six.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Late in the second quarter on Sunday, Dalvin Cook was stood up at the line of scrimmage by Arizona’s 335-pound defensive tackle Corey Peters.
All of Cook’s momentum was stopped in an instant and he was pushed back by a group of Cardinals defenders.
HOUSTON (AP) — With Deshaun Watson out, Tyrod Taylor's steady play and veteran leadership helped the Houston Texans open the season with a surprising lopsided victory.
Taylor threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 37-21 win Sunday over Trevor Lawrence and the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars.
HOUSTON (AP) — Last season was a terrible one for the Houston Texans as they started 0-4 to cost coach Bill O’Brien his job and finished 4-12 after winning the AFC South the previous two seasons.
This season could be even worse in David Culley’s first year as a head coach.
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-12)
New faces: Coach David Culley, defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, QB Tyrod Taylor, RB Mark Ingram, C Justin Britt, LB Christian Kirksey, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Anthony Miller, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-8)
New Faces: DE J.J. Watt, WR A.J. Green, C Rodney Hudson, OL Brian Winters, QB Colt McCoy, LB Zaven Collins (first-round pick), WR Rondale Moore (second-round pick), RB James Conner, K Matt Prater, S Shawn Williams.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, showing that the franchise will be aggressive once again in their push to snap a five-year playoff drought...
HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt is gone from the Houston Texans, and Deshaun Watson wants out, too.
The Texans have been making plenty of headlines this offseason...
Deshaun Watson put the Houston Texans in position to beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday with a
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NFL star J.J. Watt, NBA player Chris Paul and country singer Brad Paisley will appear in an Amazon series that highlights everyday people who are supporting their community during the coronavirus pandemic...
By a close vote, with some 500 union members not participating, NFL players approved a new labor agreement with the league...
HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt returned to practice with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, clearing the way for the star defensive end to play in the team's playoff game in two weeks...
Houston defensive end J.J. Watt's season is over after sustaining an injury to his pectoral muscle in a win over the Raiders.
The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year went to the locker room with about 5½ minutes left in the second quarter after spending a few minutes in the medical tent.
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have placed star defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on the physically unable to perform list...
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans wanted to honor their late owner and founder Robert "Bob" McNair, who died last week at age 81...
The Texans’ wretched performance in their 27-22 loss to the New York Giants at NRG Stadium must have been bittersweet for defensive end J.J. Watt.
Bitter because the Texans are 0-3 for the first time since 2008 after extending the NFL’s longest losing streak to nine games and allowing three touchdowns against the Giants, who scored only two in their first two games.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Injuries prevented the Texans from finding out exactly what their team could have been last season...
NEW YORK (AP) — Rules changes and national anthem demonstrations seem to have folks inside and outside the NFL obsessed as the opening kickoff of the season approaches...
J.J. Watt, star defensive end for the Houston Texans, brought cheer on Monday to survivors of the Santa Fe High School massacre.
Watt was seen posing for photos and signing a shirt at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where some of the 13 injured are being treated.
The NFL's all-injury team may be better than the All-Pro team this season.
Aaron Rodgers behind center. David Johnson and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Odell Beckham Jr., Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press...