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By FRED FAOUR
A great weekend for sports, as the NFL has finally arrived. Between that and college fotball, we should have plenty to keep us occupied for the next couple months.
The Texans were the only team in the AFC South to get a victory, and as we wrote Sunday, it was a solid win. So for one week, they are where they were at the end of last season — atop the AFC South.
Whitney Mercilus had two sacks for the Texans. (Chicago Tribune photo).
Although, to be fair, Bob McNair and I have a difference of opinion on Jadeveon Clowney’s impact.
And Brian Cushing may or may not be out for a while.
Some other weekend highlights:
Oh, ‘Boys: Dak Prescott looked OK but the Cowboys dropped a tough one to the Giants.
Marching out: As for the Saints? Well, the game went over. Drew Brees was remarkable. But Jack Del Rio gambled at the right time and the Raiders won 35-34.
Great, but it should have never happened: It was a semi-lame weekend in college football, with the exception of the controversial Oklahoma-State Central Michigan finish. If you have not seen that…well, we have you covered.
Rank and fell: Meanwhile, among the colleges…A&M, Houston and Texas stayed ranked, while TCU dropped out after a loss at home to Arkansas. The Aggies won a mismatch against Prairie View, Texas took care of UTEP, and the Cougars cruised in a rain-delayed contest with Lamar.
I loved what Tom Herman did Saturday. The coach said all week they weren’t looking past Lamar, but when gameday came, he sat Greg Ward and Duke Catalon. Both were nursing minor injuries but could have played in a game that meant something. The offense and defense played straight up, vanilla base. The Cougars got out healthy, picked up an easy win that looked good for the pollsters (42-0), and will be relatively rested for a short week showdown with Cincinnati, which will be a much tougher test Thursday night.
Looking bleak: With all the football, you might not have noticed the Astros, but…They continue to fade in the wild-card standings. They dropped 2 of 3 to the Cubs and it doesn’t get any easier with the Rangers up next. The schedule softens considerably after that, but the Astros might be too far back and too beat up for it to matter.
Naked truth: I can’t think of anything I want to see less than this.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
“Your reputation far exceeds your skills, mammy rammer.”
“I’m Godzilla. You are Japan!”
— Treat Williams as Critical Bill in Things to do in Denver when You’re Dead