by MIKE MELTSER, SportsRadio 610By Mike Meltser
  • It feels oddly appropriate that the Texans won for the first time in Indianapolis after TJ Yates got hurt, and they had to cobble together an offense with Brandon Weeden, Alfred Blue, Kendall Lamm motioning across the line of scrimmage, more awful tight end penalties, and Jaelen Strong.
  • I usually hate using extra timeouts in the 2nd half, but when you use one, you may as well dial up an excellent play. That’s exactly what George Godsey did on the Strong TD, isolating Strong on D’Qwell Jackson, who the rookie was able to outrace to the end zone.
  • There were a number of concerning Bill O’Brien decisions during the Colts game, most notably the bizarre decision to send Nick Novak out to attempt a 57-yard field goal. Maybe O’Brien isn’t aware of who Novak is, but that’s not a kicker who has the leg to kick a 57 yarder. That felt like another in the (growing) line of overly emotional in-game decisions, when O’Brien panicked at 10-zip down. I thought he was very fortunate that the Texans got a stop, went down the field, and went into the half down only 10-3.
  • The report that the Texans are a possible landing spot for RG3 is an interesting one. I wouldn’t mind the addition of RG3, but he is going to need some serious work. He’s not at the level of someone you bring in to be your starter in 2016. Colin Kaepernick is a more appealing veteran option to me.
  • I watched the NFL Network’s discussion over the Odell Beckham-Josh Norman boxing match/football game on Sunday. Deion Sanders claimed that those types of shenanigans happen routinely along the lines, or between linebackers. Well, if linemen are routinely punching, body-slamming, and launching helmet-first into the opposing guy’s helmet completely unnecessarily, then the TV networks are doing an awful job of showing it. To me, Beckham should have been thrown out of that game for launching into Norman’s helmet. I think Beckham deserves a one game suspension.
  • Cam Newton’s run to set up Carolina’s game-winning field goal reminded me of Steve McNair doing the same thing at Giants Stadium in 2002. McNair shared the MVP one season later, and Newton will win the same award this year.
  • Imagine you’re in Kansas City on Monday, October 19th. The Chiefs are coming off 5 straight losses, and look completely dead in the water at 1-5. Two months later, they’ve won 9 games (8 in a row) and are now a viable threat to steal the AFC West from under the Broncos. This is an example of why I encourage people not to freak out at any point of a football season. You have to let the games play out and see what happens. Between Seattle and KC, those teams started out a combined 3-9. Now both (the Seahawks have clinched) are going to the playoffs.
  • Places you don’t want to be on Monday: Buffalo, New York. The Bills lost 37-27 to the Redskins and aren’t going to the playoffs for the 16th straight year. That defense is not very good.
  • Mario Williams doesn’t really seem like a foxhole guy to me. He’s talked fairly openly in recent weeks about not being happy in Rex Ryan’s scheme and continued that after the game. I’m intrigued to see what the market is like for Mario because he’s not returning to Buffalo in 2016.
  • A thought that occurred to me at halftime of the Broncos-Steelers game: so Gary Kubiak is just going to bring his team into Pittsburgh and win this type of AFC clash? Didn’t end up happening, as the Steelers put up 21 2nd-half points and won by a TD. Two straight atrocious 2nd halves for Denver.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick made 2 huge plays for the Jets in the 4th quarter of Saturday night’s game against the Cowboys: he stepped into the pocket on a 3rd and 14, finding Quincy Enunwa for a 24 yard gain. That led to a TD pass to Eric Decker. On the next drive, Fitzpatrick threw a strike down the field to Kenbrell Thompkins for 43 yards, beating the coverage of Byron Jones. Two plays the Jets had to have to stay alive in a fiercely competitive battle for an AFC wild card berth.