A Texas Blender and NFL Week 5 Highlights

Sunday Night Game: For the second straight week, the Houston Texans went into overtime and won. They beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-16 in OT last night in Houston thanks to a big catch and run from DeAndre Hopkins who put the entire Cowboys defense in the washing machine (the ol’ spin cycle). We called it a Texas Blender. Al Michaels called it a whirling dervish. Call it whatever you want, but it was 720 degrees of foolishness that set up a game-winning field goal for Houston.
 
In case you missed a minute of yesterday’s NFL action, here are five notes to relive the highlights.
 
1) Overtimes on Overload
The NFL had an overtime game for a fifth straight week, and it had two. The Browns (12-9, Ravens) and Texans (above) each played their second OT games of the season yesterday, and both won on game-winning field goals.
 
2) Good Kickers, Bad Kickers, And Greg Joseph
We mentioned the Browns’ game-winning field goal, but we didn’t mention what it looked like. After missing an extra point and a field goal earlier in the game, kicker Greg Joseph knuckle-balled one ugly shot through the uprights. A win is a win. Packers kicker Mason Crosby went 1-for-5 and missed an extra point (Packers lost by eight). Graham Gano drilled this 63-yard game-winner to lift the Panthers over the Giants, 33-31. Ka’imi Fairbarn punched through the Texans’ game-winner from 36 yards.
 
3) The Unbeatens
The Chiefs stomped the Jaguars (30-14) at home to remain unbeaten despite Patrick Mahomes not throwing a touchdown. The Rams lost two key receivers against the Seahawks and still battled for a victory, 33-31. Todd Gurley had three touchdowns and head coach Sean McVay made the gutsiest 4th-down call of the year, and it paid off. Both the Chiefs and Rams are 5-0.
 
4) Best Performance: Isaiah Crowell
New York elected to land the Jets and stick to the ground in yesterday’s 34-16 win against the Broncos. They ran the ball 38 times for 323 yards. Isaiah Crowell rushed 15 times for 219 yards and a touchdown (a whopping 14.6 yards per). Bilal Powell dashed 20 times for 99 yards.
 
5) Best Play: Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants lost to the Panthers (33-31), but OBJ and Saquon Barkley teamed up for the play of the day -- a double-pass for a Giants touchdown.

Bonus: Rookie quarterbacks (Jets, Cardinals, Browns, Bills) went 4-0 yesterday

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