Tex­ans im­prove, Dol­phins regress

Two 4-3 teams ap­pear headed in op­po­site direc­tions

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - BARRY WIL­NER 2018 RECORD:

The Hous­ton Tex­ans be­gan the sea­son 0-3 de­spite high ex­pec­ta­tions. They’ve now won four in a row and those high ex­pec­ta­tions have re­turned.

Mi­ami had a good start, go­ing 3-0, but now has fal­tered and stands 4-3 with an un­cer­tain sit­u­a­tion at quar­ter­back.

Hous­ton is a 7½-point choice over Mi­ami.

“No­body wants to be 0-3,” Tex­ans coach Bill O’Brien says.

“I think it’s all about the play­ers. If you don’t have the right type of play­ers, then you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to be some­where not close to where we are now. I think it’s re­ally about the play­ers, their re­solve, their mind­set, their men­tal­ity, their be­lief in what we’re try­ing to do, their be­lief in each other, their be­lief in the coach­ing staff.”

No one is say­ing the Dol­phins don’t be­lieve, ei­ther.

“Last time I checked, we’re 4-3,” run­ning back Kenyan Drake says. “All we have to do is make the nec­es­sary ad­just­ments we need to make to be 5-3.”

Sorry, but that will be 4-4 af­ter ... Tex­ans, 20-16 New Eng­land (-11) at Buf­falo

Un­less the weather gets bru­tal, this should be a rout.

Best bet: Pa­tri­ots, 36-13 Bal­ti­more (-1½) at Carolina

Can’t see Ravens as road favourites here.

Up­set spe­cial: Pan­thers, 21-20 Seat­tle (+3) at Detroit

Re­ally im­pressed by coach­ing job Pete Car­roll is do­ing.

Sea­hawks, 25-22

Wash­ing­ton (-1) at New York Gi­ants

Re­ally im­pressed by coach­ing job Jay Gru­den is do­ing.

Red­skins, 24-16

New Or­leans (+1) at Min­nesota

Hey Saints, re­mem­ber not to let Ste­fan Diggs loose on fi­nal play.

Vik­ings, 29-26

Den­ver (+10) at Kansas City

Un­til weather turns nasty, Chiefs will keep scor­ing in bunches.

Chiefs, 34-20

Tampa Bay (+5) at Cincin­nati

Ben­gals look frag­ile, but past two losses were against su­pe­rior tal­ent.

Ben­gals, 27-24

Philadel­phia (-3) vs. Jack­sonville in Lon­don

Both of these teams look frag­ile. At least Ea­gles aren’t feud­ing.

Ea­gles, 24-16

Green Bay (+9) at L.A. Rams Pack­ers can’t cover wide­outs. Rams, 33-23

Cleve­land (+8) at Pitts­burgh

Don’t smell a blowout here, just an­other Browns late im­plo­sion.

Steel­ers, 20-17

New York Jets (+7) at Chicago

Jets hope Sam Darnold 2019 is where Mitch Tru­bisky 2018 is at.

Bears, 27-15

In­di­anapo­lis (-3) at Oak­land

How long be­fore Jon Gru­den tries to sell the Golden Gate Bridge?

Colts, 33-20

San Fran­cisco (-1) at Ari­zona

Don’t think many Ari­zo­nans will va­cate the golf course for this.

49ers, 13-10

Last week: Against spread, 8-4-1; straight up, 11-3

Sea­son to­tals: Against spread, 4852-4; straight up, 69-36-2

Best bet: 2-5 against spread, 6-1 straight up

Up­set spe­cial: 4-3 against spread, 3-3-1 straight up

Kenyan Drake

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