The Battle for Texas

Oct. 8, 2018Posted by NawFuL

Week 5 results


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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Indianapolis @ New England New England New England Indianapolis
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Tennessee @ Buffalo Tennessee Tennessee Buffalo
N.Y. Giants @ Carolina Carolina Carolina New York Giants
Miami @ Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati Miami
Baltimore @ Cleveland Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore
Green Bay @ Detroit Green Bay Green Bay Detroit
Jacksonville @ Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Jacksonville
Denver @ N.Y. Jets Denver Denver Denver
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Oakland @ L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers
Minnesota @ Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Minnesota
Arizona @ San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco
L.A. Rams @ Seattle L.A. Rams L.A. Rams Seattle
Dallas @ Houston Dallas Houston Dallas
Monday, October 8, 2018
Washington @ New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans Washington
Byes: Chicago, Tampa Bay
© 2018 Gehlke Bros. Football

While Drew Brees was busy passing himself into the NawFuL record books in Week 5, the Junior Bro was busy passing the competition in his bid to repeat as GBF champion. Splits have been difficult to find in recent weeks, and with just one on the line Sunday night it was a guarantee that the Bros would not remain all tied up for a third straight week.

NBC’s game of the week was worthy of the spotlight, as the Cowboys and Texans slugged it out for bragging rights in the so-called “Battle for Texas.” Sean took the home team, which definitely looked like the smart move considering that road teams succumbed in 10 of the 13 earlier games. The game was knotted at 16 late in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys picked off a pass and thwarted the potential game-winning drive. But it was a short-lived accomplishment, as the two teams went to overtime and Dallas failed to score on the first possession, punting away the ball instead of going for it mid-field on a 4th-and-1. Houston quickly took advantage and drove down the field for the game-winning boot from Ka’imi Fairbairn, who had missed a field goal attempt early in the game.

Sean won the only game that mattered in a bye-shortened week that saw home teams dominate, 12-3. That included the New Orleans Saints, whose star quarterback Drew Brees set a record for the most passing yards of all time. It also included New England, where Tom Brady notched his 500th career touchdown.

Sean went 9-6 to pace the field, while Glenn ended second at 8-7. There were plenty of upsets that accounted for those mediocre records, and while Ben’s contrarian approach to picks meant he was the only one to win with Buffalo, Minnesota and Detroit, it also cost him in enough games that he finished third at 5-10. Our mutual correct picks included Pittsburgh and the L.A. Chargers. No one correctly predicted the N.Y. Jets, Cleveland or Arizona.