13) Colts 21, Texans 7— Indy was 9-14 on third down, Houston was 3-13. Colts scored TD’s on three of first four four drives, going 70-75-65 yards for scores. 76 of Texans’ 105 rushing yards were gained by QB Watson, who completed only 29-49 passes- not his best effort.
Mack ran ball for 148 yards; Houston hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. Colts head to Arrowhead next weekend; winner of Charger-Raven game will visit Foxboro.
12) Cowboys 24, Seahawks 22— Dallas ran ball for 164 yards, ran 16 more plays than Seattle, held Seahawks to 11 first downs. Elliott ran for 137 yards; giving him last week off looks like a really good idea now.
Dallas heads to New Orleans if the Bears win Sunday; they head to Los Angeles if the Eagles pull the upset in Chicago.
11) San Francisco 49ers had a lot of injuries the last two years; scapegoat for those injuries is strength coach Ray Wright, who was fired this week. Wright had been with coach Kyle Shanahan in both Houston/Washington, so doubtful it was Shanahan who made this decision.
10) In last few years, I wonder how many times Kansas/Kentucky both lost on the same day? Jayhawks lost at Iowa State, Wildcats lost at Alabama. Go figure.
Western Kentucky was leading Old Dominion 21-0 Saturday, but lost 69-66.
9) New Mexico 85, Nevada 58— Wolf Pack was #6 in country, then went to Albuquerque and got eviscerated by a New Mexico squad that had lost to Penn and North Texas.
8) St John’s 97, Georgetown 94 OT— Hoyas play lot of high-scoring games; St John’s had lost 13 straight games at Georgetown, but pulled this game out on Lou Carnesecca’s 94th birthday.
7) Upsets of the Day:
— Portland State (+16.5) 77, Montana 74 OT
— East Carolina (+15) 73, Cincinnati 71
— New Mexico (+14.5) 85, Nevada 58
— Southern Utah (+13.5) 90, Weber State 82 OT
— South Carolina (+13) 71, Florida 69
— Northern Arizona (+9.5) 81, Idaho State 69
— LaSalle (+8.5) 69, UMass 60
— Rice (+7.5) 78, Louisiana Tech 66
— Youngstown State (+7.5) 76, Milwaukee 51
— Western Carolina (+7.5) 76, Samford 69
6) Quite a night in the Big Sky Conference; underdogs went 4-1 vs spread, three of the five games went OT, and three underdogs of 9.5+ points won SU. Competitive league.
5) Odd fact of the day; There are ten players who won a Super Bowl ring and also played on a Grey Cup champ in the CFL. One guy won both and also won a title in the XFL’s only year of existence— Bobby Singh.
4) Miami Dolphins were 7-1 this season in games decided by 8 or fewer points; they were 0-8 in games decided by more than eight points.
3) Dallas (9-3), Steelers (6-5-1) and Giants (4-8) played most games decided by one score; New England (3-2) played the fewest.
2) Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is the new OC at USC, but Trojans are blocking him from interviewing for NFL jobs, so there rumors that he may quit so he can do the interviews.
1) A gambler at the Hollywood Charlestown sportsbook in West Virginia played $5 on a 15-team parlay last week, and when all 15 teams he picked beat the spread, the guy won $100,000, not a bad weekend. It is really, really hard to go 15-0 in one day.