• Last week: 13-2; Season: 49-27 (.645).
• Best pick in Week 5: Dallas 23, Houston 20 (Actual score: Dallas 20-17).
• Worst pick in Week 5: Chicago 27, Carolina 20 (Actual score: Carolina 31-24).
Has anyone actually made it to the end of one of these Thursday night blowouts yet, watching the whole way? I covered the Week 2 Steelers-Ravens matchup in Baltimore, and I think I lost interest late in the third quarter. I don’t know that there’s any plausible all-encompassing explanation for the string of yawners we’ve endured, but Arian Foster has his opinions, as always. Foster, who will play for the Texans tonight, apparently won’t do so happily.
"Thursday Night Football is pretty annoying for players," the veteran running back told Houston media members this week. "I don’t know one player that likes it. I really don’t know a fan that likes it either. I think it’s just the league’s way to try to generate more revenue."
Well, yeah, just like almost everything else the league undertakes. But the short-week travel factor does seem to make some sense, with the Giants the only road team to overcome it in their win at Washington two weeks ago. Let’s see if the home-team rout trend holds this week, because the visiting Colts arrive on a three-game winning streak and have it going on both offense and defense at the moment. Indianapolis sacked Baltimore’s Joe Flacco four times in a win on Sunday, and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s blitz packages have been effective of late.
First place in the AFC South is on the line, but it doesn’t get too much more complicated than the quarterback battle: Andrew Luck for the Colts versus Houston’s Ryan Fitzpatrick means advantage Indianapolis. The Texans don’t have the firepower to match points with the Colts, and Luck’s domination of his division rival will continue with a fourth consecutive victory over Houston.