Texans, Cowboys pull off close wins

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich lost a gamble late in overtime on Sunday that ultimately resulted in the first win of the season for the Houston Texans.

Deshaun Watson and the Texans played their most complete game by far in Indy, but still watched a 28-10 lead evaporate in the second half thanks to three late touchdown strikes from Andrew Luck.

The Colts possessed all of the momentum at home when the game went into overtime deadlocked at 31. Houston’s defense held the Colts to a field goal, which meant the extra period would continue.

After the Texans tied it with a field goal of their own, the Colts had a fourth down around their own 40 with time dwindling and a tie likely. Instead of pinning Watson and the Texans, Reich decided to allow Luck to go for it on fourth down in a questionable move.

Even if Luck’s attempt did not fall incomplete, they would have needed about 15 more yards to reach field goal range. Reich was stubborn and did not seem to be interested in a tie. Watson was then able to set up a game winning field goal for Ka’imi Fairbairn.

The Cowboys picked up their second win in equally dramatic fashion on Sunday in Arlington. Despite allowing Matt Stafford to throw for two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, Dallas got a much-needed 9-play, 55-yard drive from Dak Prescott and the offense to set up the game winning field goal for Brett Maher.

Sunday was far and away the most successful game of Prescott’s season with 255 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliot claimed the role of leading receiver for the Cowboys and logged over 230 all-purpose yards in the win.

The Cowboys and Texans will now matchup in week five for the first time in the regular season since 2014. The game will take place in Houston and is a critical early season matchup for both sides.

The biggest surprise of the day came in Chicago when the Bears routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10. The win itself was not a shock, most figured this would be a good game with a slight advantage to the Bears. It was no secret the defense in Chicago is one of the most dangerous units in the league, but the concern came with young starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Trubisky silenced his critics on Sunday against the Bucs with a whopping six touchdown passes, five of which came in the first half. It was the most touchdown passes in a single game from a Chicago quarterback since 1949 and tied for second all-time in NFL history. The last time a Bears passer had a more successful day was during World War II, when Sid Luckman threw seven touchdowns in a 1943 win over the Giants.

The world got a taste of just how deadly Chicago can be when their offense matches the success of their defense. Opponents will continue to struggle scoring points against the Khalil Mack-led unit, but will simply have no chance to compete if Trubisky is that hot. A game like Sunday could do wonders for the young quarterback’s confidence. Entering play, he had no more than two touchdown passes in any of his previous career starts. His career touchdown total jumped to 15 from just nine.

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