NFL Week 9 Blitz Read: Texans, Chargers extend winning streaks

The Texans have been red hot since losing their first three games.

Houston improved its winning streak to six with a 19-17 victory in Denver on Sunday. Quarterback Deshaun Watson finished the matchup 17-of-24 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He couldn’t always get away from the Broncos’ defense, however, as he was sacked four times.

Watson connected with his favorite receiver DeAndre Hopkins 10 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t all Texans. The Broncos’ third-quarter efforts gave them their first lead of the game as a 12-yard pass from quarterback Case Keenum to Jeff Heuerman put the hosting team up 17-16. However, a successful 37-yard field goal from Ka’imi Fairbairn put Houston back in the lead for good.

With the win, the Texans join the 1970 Giants as the only teams since that year to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start.

But, not everyone was celebrating their kicker. The Chargers left plenty of points on the field with Caleb Sturgis missing two of three point-after-attempts and a 42-yard field goal. Los Angeles, however, managed to pull out a 25-17 win after the Seahawks couldn’t engineer one of their many fourth-quarter comebacks. The Chargers have now won five straight. 

Injury report

Browns rookie defensive back Denzel Ward suffered a hip injury in the first quarter against the Chiefs, and was later ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Bills tight end Charles Clay went down with a hamstring injury in the first half versus the Bears, while running back Chris Ivory was ruled out after suffering a shoulder injury.

Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald worsened a knee injury he’d been dealing with all week against the Chargers, and couldn’t remain in the game. Seahawks running back Chris Carson also exited the matchup with a hip injury.

Broncos center Matt Paradis had never missed a snap in his career until he was carted off the field with an ankle injury and did not return.

By the numbers

With his 50-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes logged his 27th career passing touchdown. He passed Kurt Warner for the most through any players’ first 10 games in NFL history.

Steelers running back James Conner has now rushed for more than 1,000 scrimmage yards this season as he finished Sunday’s win over the Ravens with 90 yards. According to Elias Sports, he’s just the second player in franchise history with 1,000 scrimmage yards through the team’s first eight games of a season. Ironically, the other player was Le’Veon Bell, who is in a prolonged holdout. He logged 1,086 yards in 2014.

The Saints scored 35 points in the first half against the Rams. It was the most New Orleans has scored in a first half under quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton. Running back Alvin Kamara helped with the new franchise record and joined Jim Brown (1958) as the only players 23 years-or-younger in NFL history with three games scoring at least three touchdowns in a single season.  


Ben Roethlisberger not only punting, but doing so with his left foot? Now that’s different.

Raise your hand if you saw that coming.

Panthers’ second-year receiver Curtis Samuel could not be caught.

Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson took off with the ball.

[email protected]_4 will take that loose football alllllll the way to the HOUSE!

?: FOX #DaBears

It only took nine weeks, but Julio Jones finally got his touchdown.


Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson found someone, it just wasn’t his receiver. Chargers’ Desmond King ran back a pick-6, just the third thrown in Wilson’s career.


?: CBS #FightForEachOther #SaluteToService

Before this game-tying touchdown, Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp had just one reception. 

[email protected] goes 41 yards to the HOUSE!

?: FOX #LARams #SaluteToService

No, you really really can’t guard Mike. This Michael Thomas touchdown reception went for 72 yards and put the game away.


?: FOX #GOSAINTS @cantguardmike


Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman started a game for the fourth time, and in those contests Buffalo is 0-4. How does Peterman feel?: “I don’t feel snakebit. … I never feel like I’m a victim or anything like that, you know? It’s football. It’s life. Things don’t always bounce your way. … You just have to be able to take it how it comes, learn from it and keep fighting forward.”

Panthers safety Mike Adams certainly had plenty to say after Carolina gave up 21 unanswered points in their 42-28 win against the Buccaneers: “I’m not going to feel sorry because they put up 21 (unanswered) points late. … We won. There’s not going to be an asterisk by this saying, ‘Oh, they scored 21 points unanswered.’ No, it’s going to be a W and I’m going into Thursday looking for another win. So I’m going to just move on.”

Week 9 NFL scores

Thursday’s game

49ers 34, Raiders 3

Sunday’s games

Falcons 38, Redskins 14
Vikings 24, Lions 9
Steelers 23, Ravens 16
Chiefs 37, Browns 21
Dolphins 13, Jets 6
Bears 41, Bills 9
Panthers 42, Buccaneers 28
Chargers 25, Seahawks 17
Texans 19, Broncos 17
Saints 45, Rams 35
Patriots, Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET

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Monday’s game

Titans at Cowboys, 8:15 p.m. ET

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