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MNF, Texans-Patriots, Pokemon Go and rat heads: The update for Sept. 20

Jacoby Brissett will start at QB for New England.

It wasn’t the most compelling game to watch, but the Philadelphia Eagles pulled away late and beat up the Chicago Bears 29-14.

And we say beat up, we mean it. The Bears lost five players to injury during the game, most notably Jay Cutler. At least it gave Texans fans a chance to watch their old pal Brian Hoyer.

It’s only two weeks, but so far so good for Carson Wentz. His team is 2-0, he has yet to throw a pick, and he looks poised and comfortable in the pocket. If his receivers could hold the ball, this one would have likely been out of hand much sooner. One glaring negative: Wentz challenges too many defenders when he takes off out of the pocket. He took some massive hits last night. If he doesn’t learn to slide, he won’t stay on the field very long.

Hanging around: The Astros are in the soft spot on their schedule, and they took care of business in Oakland last night. But they remain three games out of the wild-card spot and are slowly running out of time.

Short week: The Texans have little time to prepare for the Patriots, so Bill O’Brien is working overtime. The short week is tough on the front end, but the good news is the extra time to recoup after the game. The Texans have some guys banged up — Brock Osweiler showed up on the injury report yet still practiced — but they should be close to 100 percent come Thursday.

The Patriots won’t be. Jacoby Brissett will likely get the start at quarterback, and it’s unlikely Rob Gronkowski returns. That has not stopped Bill O’Brien from preparing for Jimmy Garappolo as well as Gronk. But that’s just common sense. In reality with the short week, don’t expect to see Garappolo.

The Texans have opened as 2.5 favorites in Vegas. In New England. Before you back up the Brink’s truck, keep in mind Arizona was more than a touchdown favorite over the Pats in Week 1. That did not work out. Bill Belichick has a way of working magic in these situations. Even Tom Brady is amazed at how well his team has reacted.

If the Texans are ever going to beat New England — especially on the road — this should be the time. But if you are already putting this one in the “W” column, you better be using pencil.

Big night  (if you hate hockey, skip to the next item): Usually nothing much is happening in the sports world on Tuesday night. But for the three of you who like hockey, there’s a massive game tonight in the World Cup as Team USA plays Canada. If Team USA loses, it will be eliminated and will be playing its final game with nothing on the line. Team USA inexplicably showed up flat and was not aggressive in getting spanked by Team Europe 3-0 in the opener. Canada is the class of the field and will likely send the US packing and upset a lot of people at ESPN, which got back in the hockey game just long enough to see its ratings bell cow slaughtered…You probably missed it last night watching Monday Night Football, but the last 10 minutes of Russia’s 4-3 win over Team North America was as exciting a brand of hockey as you will ever see.

Coming up: Stay tuned; we will have another beer review up later today. And if you missed it, we posted a guide to Vegas in case you are making a trip.

And on to the weird stuff...Nice screening process we have for citizenship when 800 people get there by mistake…Oh, how about a Pokemon Go streamer getting mugged in Central Park?…Love that chicken from Popeye’s? Maybe not after you read this… Take it with a grain of salt, though. People make crap up like this all the time.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

“Nothing significant ever happens on a Tuesday.” 

— Me.

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She would never say where she came from
Yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone
While the sun is bright
Or in the darkest night
No one knows, she comes and goes

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you

— The Rolling Stones, Ruby Tuesday

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Train roll on, on down the line,
Won’t you please take me far away?
Now I feel the wind blow outside my door,
Means I’m, I’m leaving my woman at home.
Tuesday’s gone with the wind.
My baby’s gone with the wind again.
–Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tuesday’s Gone

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