Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:32 pm

Colts 19, Texans 16: Bad result for both teams

The Colts picked a bad time to start winning. The Texans picked a bad time to start losing.

But there we are. The Colts rallied for a 19-16 victory Thursday night, scoring on a 1-yard pass from Dan Orlovsky to Reggie Wayne with 18 seconds left to stun the Texans and jeopardize not only the Texans' playoff seed ... but also the Colts' shot at Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall draft pick.

Houston has lost two in a row. Indianapolis has won two in a row.

I have no ideas what either side is thinking.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:13 pm

Texans rally past Bengals, 20-19

CINCINNATI -- Maybe this is heresy. Maybe this will look stupid in a few years, or even a few weeks. But I'm not sure Andy Dalton was the best rookie quarterback in this game.

And the other rookie quarterback was a fifth-round pick most folks had never heard of before last week.

His name is T.J. Yates, and he's now 2-0 as a starter after driving the Texans 80 yards in the final 2:33 to rally the Texans past the Bengals, 20-19, and keep Houston in position for a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs -- while all but knocking the Bengals out of the postseason picture.

Andy Dalton is a fine quarterback, don't get me wrong. But Yates is equally impressive, with much less pedigree and hype and draft status.

Sunday he threw for 300 yards, nearly twice Dalton's output, and he did it without the massive weapon Dalton has in A.J. Green, who goes and gets jump balls.

More coming ...

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