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Brandin Cooks and his wife sharing touching pregnancy announcement 

Brandin Cooks and his wife sharing touching pregnancy announcement 

Six-year veteran Brandin Cooks will be on a new NFL team this season, and he’ll soon add a new title to his resume as well: Father.

Cooks, who was traded to the Houston Texans after two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, recently announced that he and his wife, Briannon, are expecting their first child together. 

In a moving tribute on Instagram, the former Oregon State standout shared that his wife underwent in vitro fertilization, which included rounds of injections. Cooks saved hundreds of his wife injections and said in the special message “since you didn't trust me to administer the shots, I figured I would save them to show you my appreciation."

Over 200-plus IVF needles were displayed in the photo and in the middle were the words “worth every shot,” and a positive pregnancy test. 

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To my amazing wife, Here’s a little project I’ve been working on I hope you like it. I watched you take 200+ shots over a 5 month span! You are warrior in so many ways. I cannot thank you enough for what you did to get us to this point as a family! • While it may not be the way we envisioned conceiving you always kept a positive attitude about it and I thank you for that. God helped us find a way when there seemed to be no way. Your testimony is powerful and will inspire others 🍼 • Since you didn’t trust me to administer the shots I figured I would save them all to show you my appreciation. • @briannoncooks You carry this family in ways you will never understand. We are beyond blessed and fortunate to have the means to use some of the best doctors in the country for our IVF process. EVERY 💉 WAS WORTH IT🏹 #happymothersday #soontobemom #ivf #blessed

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Cooks and Briannon met while they were both attending Oregon State. Briannon was a cheerleader and Cooks was setting Pac-12 records for the Beavers. He finished his career at Oregon State with 128 receptions for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

When selected in the first round by the New Orleans Saints in 2014, Briannon was by his side. The two were later engaged in Hawaii in June 2017 and then married in Portland on July 7, 2018. 

The Cooks family will get a fresh start in the Lone Star State in 2020 and add a much-welcomed addition to the family. Congratulations!

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State softball head coach Laura Berg.

Report: Brandin Cooks traded to Houston Texans

Report: Brandin Cooks traded to Houston Texans

Former Oregon State star wide receiver Brandin Cooks is one of the more talented receivers in the NFL. 

Now, Cooks is taking those talents to Texas.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to trade Cooks to the Houston Texans.

Houston will send the 57th overall pick to Los Angeles in exchange for Cooks and a future fourth-round pick. 

L.A. trading Cooks had long been considered a matter of when, not if, and now was the time. 

The Rams needed to clear some cap space and Cooks was the logical route. Cooks is under contract for the next four seasons, to the tune of $51 million dollars. 

He has also fallen down the usage chart for the Rams. Two seasons ago he and Robert Woods were a two-headed monster for the Ram. 

They each had 80+ receptions and more than 1,200 yards receiving. However, the emergence of Cooper Kupp and a breakout season for tight end Tyler Higbee saw Cooks' production plummet in 2019. 

Last season Cooks had career-lows in receptions (42) and touchdowns (2), and only managed to gain 583 yards receiving, the lowest production since his rookie season (550).

With the weapons the Rams have, they can afford to let Cooks go. 

But as the old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

In Houston, Cooks has a chance to bounce back and become one of the most feared receivers in the game again.

Earlier this offseason the Texans shocked the football world when they traded leading receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. 

Hopkins had 104 receptions for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns last season. 

No other Texans receiver had more than 700 yards or 50 receptions. 

In need of a WR1, the Texans may have found a treasure in Cooks.

Cooks had been traded a few times now, but success usually follows. 

He was traded to New England in 2017. The Patriot played in the Super Bowl that season. 

He was then traded to the Rams in 2018.  That season the Rams played in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002, when they were still in St. Louis. 

If you like to make bets, you might want to place some money on the Texans appearing in the franchise's first Super Bowl in 2021.

Need more evidence?

It hasn't just been the NFL that success has followed Cooks. It happened in college, too. 

Cooks played three seasons at Oregon State. He totaled 226 receptions for 3,372 yards and 24 touchdowns.

In 2013 he won the Biletnikoff Award and led the Beavers to a victory in the Hawaii Bowl. Following the outstanding season, he left for the NFL. 

The Beavers haven't been back to a bowl game or had a winning season since. 

The Texans just picked up a stud. 

Houston Texans and Portland native Brennan Scarlett talks allegiance to Trail Blazers

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Houston Texans and Portland native Brennan Scarlett talks allegiance to Trail Blazers

Houston Texans Linebacker Brennan Scarlett joined the Brian Noe Show on Friday to not only talk about his season with the Texans, but also to display his love for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Scarlett grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Central Catholic High School.

While in high school he was a three-sport athlete, lettering in football, swimming, and track & field. Scarlett appeared in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was named a 2010 PrepStar All-American and SuperPrep All-American.

Scarlett then went on to play at Stanford before going undrafted in 2016, and then signing with the Texans. 

On Friday’s show, a big topic of conversation was sports allegiances.

Noe first asked Scarlett: “You shouldn’t be forced to root for the Rockets, right?”

“No chance…  Having bounced around a little bit, as far as cities go, since [going to] college in the Bay Area and now here in Houston, I think you can always be a fan of your hometown team, it’s a given,” Scarlett said.

Scarlett added, “Now that I’m in Houston. I’m a Rockets fans too. You’ve got to give me some leeway.”

The Texans linebacker also noted, “the roots have to take priority” when it comes to the possibility of the Blazers and Rockets playing each other in the postseason. Scarlett also said he would make sure to rock his Trail Blazers snapback hat and Dame Lillard jersey, even in Houston at the Toyota Center.

“We’re straight Blazers in that situation,” Scarlett said.

This has always been an interesting discussion about a player’s native roots versus the city you play in and who you root for with other professional sports teams.

Social media reacts as Seahawks acquire star pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney

Social media reacts as Seahawks acquire star pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney

The Seattle Seahawks have landed Jadeveon Clowney. Yes, you read that right. If you were like me, sleeping into the wee hours of Saturday morning, it’s time to wake up.

The Seahawks and Texans reportedly agreed to a deal to send Clowney to Seattle in exchange for a third-round pick, linebacker Jacob Martin and pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo.

Before Seahawks Insider Joe Fann breaks down the trade, as well as what this means for Seattle's chances to contol the division, let's take a look at how fans, media and players reacted to the blockbuster trade which sent the three-time Pro Bowler to Seattle.

Check back to NBC Sports Northwest for more on this trade and what it means for Seattle with the first game of the season upon us.

Fans divided on Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle Seahawks

Fans divided on Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle Seahawks

Could the Seattle Seahawks make a trade for Houston Texans star Jadeveon Clowney?

It’s an intriguing thought.

Houston is reportedly looking to trade its star edge rusher and according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Seattle is on Clowney’s short list of potential destinations.

Seattle’s pass-rush has been an area of concern since trading top sack man Frank Clark to the Chiefs in April. Trading for Clowney, who has been named to the last three Pro Bowls, will certainly come at a price, but is it one the Seahawks are willing to pay?

Seahawks Insider Joe Fann ran a poll on Twitter to see if fans would want Seattle to pull the trigger on a Clowney trade if it would cost the Seahawks a 2020 first-round pick, or a 2020 second-round pick, plus a player like Germain Ifedi or Rashaad Penny. Fans were well, divided. 

59 percent of the people who voted as of Wednesday evening did think the Seahawks should go all in on acquiring Clowney, 41 percent did not. 

Fans also had some strong opinions on the possibility of this trade. Here’s a few:

https://twitter.com/Gantiz/status/1166810336617361408?s=20

Clowney is certainly a desired player. The 26-year-old pass-rusher finished the 2018 season with 47 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He has a total of 53 tackles for loss over the past three seasons, third in the NFL.

Clowney digs the Seahawks and the Seahawks could use a new pass-rusher. Is Clowney their man? We will discover his next landing spot soon enough.

[RELATED: Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks – What if?]

Houston Texans part ways with general manager Brian Gaine

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Houston Texans part ways with general manager Brian Gaine

Brian Gaine’s tenure in Houston has come to a close.

A year and a half after Gaine was hired as the Texans general manager, the team announced Friday that he had been relieved of his duties.

“After a thorough evaluation of our football operations, we have decided to relieve Brian Gaine of his duties as general manager,” Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “Brian is a man of high character and we appreciate his contributions to our organization.”

In the statement, the Texans noted that “while the timing may be unusual, this decision was made in the best interest of our organization in our quest to build a championship team for the City of Houston.”

Houston will begin an immediate search for a new GM. Chris Olsen, senior vice president of football administration, will serve as the team’s interim.

The Seahawks and Texans last met at CenturyLink Field in October 2017 following Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates running the prison” comments. The two teams are not scheduled to meet this season.

Mariota expected to start tonight vs. Texans

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Mariota expected to start tonight vs. Texans

Nothing better than a Monday Night Football showdown under the lights in Texas featuring two elite young quarterbacks. For awhile there, it was looking like the Titans would be without their starting quarterback after Mariota left last Sunday’s game vs. the Colts with an apparent arm injury. But as the week progressed so did Mariota’s status.

According to Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, Mariota “was limited the first two days of practice and today [Friday, Nov. 23rd] he was out there throwing. To be honest with you, I could not tell that anything was wrong. He looked good to me. … He was full-go, took all the reps, and he is ready to roll.”

Great news for the Titans and fans can breathe a bit easier as Tennessee travels tonight to face Deshaun Watson and the Texans in Houston, Texas. 

AFC South Division

This AFC South inner-division battle is of the utmost importance to both squads. Tennessee (5-5) is sitting third in the division and needing this win to keep any sort of playoff hopes alive. Houston (7-3) sits at the top of the pack but needs this win to keep the momentum moving forward heading into the last stretch of its schedule. 

How Tennessee can win

Well for starters, a healthy Mariota is a happy football team. Mariota continues to shine on the big stage. The last time the Titans played a Monday Night Football game was at the Dallas Cowboys where Mariota went 21-for-29 for 240 yards and two touchdowns, one on the ground with his feet where he is so dangerous in their 28-14 win. The following week, Mariota and the Titans took down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 34-10, again with Mariota’s impressive stat line.

Two keys for the Titans in this one: containing wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas and the Texans pass rush lead by J.J. Watt.

How Houston can win

Contain the mustache that is Mariota and stop the run. Mariota has proven the past two weeks that he can get the job done in the air, on the ground, and even as a receiver. It will be vitally important to always keep in check where QB1 is on the field. The other part is J.J. Watt will need to have a stellar performance against Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry.

 

Game time set for 5:20 PM (PT).

NFL Trade Deadline Makes NFC West Impact

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NFL Trade Deadline Makes NFC West Impact

The NFL trade deadline has always been less of a thrill than NBA and MLB trade deadlines. It was extended to week eight from week six back in 2012, but still has yet to have an impact quite like the other major sports. However, there were a handful of moves on Tuesday’s deadline that caused a stir including shuffling a few wide receivers as the Lions traded Golden Tate to the Eagles and Demaryius Thomas is now a Texan.

The only team in the NFC West to make a move was the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams acquired edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. from Jacksonville. Fowler is still in his prime as far as age is considered at 24-years-old. He was the third-overall pick in the 2015 draft and could be the piece the Rams have been missing across from linebacker Cory Littleton. In return for Fowler, the Jaguars received a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick. 

The Rams are eighth in the league with 22 sacks. Aaron Donald has 10 himself with Ndamukong Suh and Littleton each chipping in with three a piece. Fowler has two sacks this season and 14 total sacks in his three-year career. He will likely enter a pass-rush rotation at left outside linebacker with David Douglas High School product, Samson Ebukam. Fowler is now the seventh first-round draft pick on the Rams defense. 

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks chose to stay put by Tuesday’s deadline. Carroll said Wednesday that the team assessed the options out there and decided to stick with what they are currently working with. The team did decide, however, to cut veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall after watching the emergence of David Moore. Marshall was in only two plays against Detroit last weekend. His opportunities, if any at all, were dwindling throughout these eight weeks after dropped passes and some mental lapses on third down. 

After Sunday’s performance, Moore has developed into one of Seattle’s key offensive players. Moore finished with career highs in catches with four and yards with 97. He also caught his fourth touchdown in three weeks and was involved in multiple big, momentum building plays. The Seahawks offense will face the newly acquainted Fowler and the Rams defense in just two weeks for the second time this season. 

Breaking Vegas with Garrett Thornton – Wild Card Round

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Breaking Vegas with Garrett Thornton – Wild Card Round

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Last year I was better than 53% in my Breaking Vegas picks and I aimed for 60% this year. As the regular season comes to a close I finish slightly over 50%.

While this might not be the best way to “Break Vegas”, I look to the Playoffs to keep up my late-season momentum.

I will pick all 11 games of the Playoffs and also have prop bet picks before the Super Bowl.

This Wild Card Round is completely bi-polar. The games are either must-watch television or they are matchups that fans of the teams don’t even have interest in.

Let’s see who I pick this week…

Oakland Raiders +4 @ Houston Texans

Let me start with one of the most lackluster Playoff matchups in NFL history. If you polled the 100+ players on these two teams, I doubt 50 of them would even watch this game if they weren’t in it.

The Texans are a bad team that won the worst division in the AFC. Even though they won the division, I would much rather watch Andrew Luck and the Colts or Marcus Mariota and the Titans. This Texans team has underwhelmed all year but is hosting a game in the Wild Card Round. The worst investment in the NFL was the contract given to Brock Osweiler. He can earn some of that contract with a home Playoff win.

On the other hand, the Raiders were one of the feel-good stories of the NFL season. A late-season injury to Derek Carr brought that to a screeching halt. Carr is one of the good guys of the NFL and was really developing into the franchise quarterback that the Raiders so desperately needed for so long. All of that is in the past and not the Raiders are starting fourth round pick Conner Cook under center. It will be the first time ever that a rookie quarterback made his first start in a Playoff game. Not a lot of precedence here, but let me give you a hint, it won’t go well.

Neither team can score enough points to run away with it, but the Texans find a way to win.

Texans 16 – Raiders 14

Detroit Lions +8 @ Seattle Seahawks

Seattle is one of the toughest places to play in the NFL. That only gets intensified entering the Playoffs. Home field advantage is absolutely crucial for the Seahawks this year because this is not the team that people are accustomed to. Without Earl Thomas, this defense is missing their captain. The passing game has been hot and cold. The offensive line and running game have been abysmal at points. If the Seahawks want to make a run, they need major efforts from Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham.

The Lions are a sleeper in my opinion. If Matthew Stafford can adjust to his finger injury on his throwing hand, this team has the offensive firepower to play with anybody. The last two weeks of the regular season the Lions lost to the Cowboys and the Packers. Those two teams just so happen to be two of the best teams in the league. There isn’t a lot of belief in this Detroit team right now and that has driven this line. Bet the Lions in this one.

Seahawks 24 – Lions 20

Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers -10

This is the line that I have the least faith in. This is also the first time that the Steelers will play a Playoff game with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and LeVeon Bell on the field at the same time. That will be the difference.

Pittsburgh can score 50 any given night. In the Playoffs, with a little bit more motivation, I expect their best performance of the year.

Steelers 38 – Dolphins 27

New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers -4.5

I fully admit that I am a Cowboys fan and I am hoping they can go to and win the Super Bowl this year. If I take my biased lenses off, I don’t know that there is a hotter team in the NFL than the Green Bay Packers.

Despite several flaws, the Packers have won 7 games in a row and have a healthy Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is, arguably, the most talented quarterback to play the game. He is playing at the top of his abilities and has the team around him believing in him. He is the rare quarterback and leader that has every other person on that team bought in. This is a dangerous Packers team heading into January.

Although the Giants have some very quality victories this season, and have a track record of success in the Playoffs, I just don’t see this team a legitimate contender. This team is not a great offensive team, despite having Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants only scored 310 points this season, good for only 26th in the NFL. The other NFC Playoff teams…

Atlanta Falcons scored 540 (1st)

Green Bay Packers scored 432 (4th)

Dallas Cowboys scored 421 (5th)

Seattle Seahawks scored 354 (18th)

Detroit Lions scored 346 (20th)

While you can make the case that defense wins championships, you still have to score points to win games. This Giants team just hasn’t scored enough points for anyone to have much faith in them. The stakes get bigger and the opponents tighten down their defenses come January. Giants just won’t have enough to make a dent in the NFC Playoffs.

Packers 28 – Giants 21

  Wins Losses Push Percentage
Week One 1 3 1 30%
Week Two 1 4 0 20%
Week Three 2 3 0 40%
Week Four 2 3 0 40%
Week Five 3 2 0 60%
Week Six 2 2 1 50%
Week Seven 3 2 0 60%
Week Eight 2 3 0 40%
Week Nine 3 1 1 70%
Week Ten 3 2 0 60%
Week Eleven 3 2 0 60%
Week Twelve 2 2 1 50%
Week Thirteen 1 4 0 20%
Week Fourteen 3 2 0 60%
Week Fifteen 4 1 0 80%
Week Sixteen 3 2 0 60%
Week Seventeen 3 2 0 60%
OVERALL 41 40 4 50.6%

*All betting lines provided by Bovada.LV on the Thursday preceding particular NFL week.