The Detroit Lions were in a familiar spot, down a few points with time running out – only this time, they couldn’t get the ball back. There would be no Matthew Stafford-led comeback at the end of Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans. Instead, the Lions fell back to .500, which seemed appropriate given how many of their games could have gone either way.
Wide receiver Andre Johnson has told the Tennessee Titans that he is retiring from the NFL after 14 seasons. The 35-year-old joined the Titans on July 30 and played in eight games for Tennessee this season, making nine catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. “He certainly contributed to this team — making the game-winning catch at Detroit and his daily interaction with the young wide receivers,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said of Johnson’s brief tenure with the club.
The Detroit Lions made a habit recently of rallying late for wins. On Sunday their latest comeback attempt fell just short in a 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans (5-3). The Lions (4-4) cut the lead to seven when Theo Riddick connected with Matthew Stafford on a 1-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter.
Thus far, it’s looking like their $72 million investment in quarterback Brock Osweiler is more of a bust than a bargain, and Houston came into Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions at 4-3 despite being in the worst division in the NFL, the AFC South.
Brock Osweiler bounced back from an ugly performance by throwing for 186 yards and a touchdown to help the Houston Texans remain perfect at home this season with a 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Texans (5-3) have lost all of their road games, including a 27-9 loss to Denver on Monday, but they’ve had no such trouble in Houston where they’re 5-0 this season. Osweiler has struggled in his first season in Houston, but has been better at home where he’s thrown eight of his nine touchdown passes.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have a chance to match or set some records for New England against the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills. Brady has a 25-3 career record against the Bills. The 25 wins are the second-most by a quarterback against one opponent in league history, behind only Brett Favre, who beat Detroit 26 times with Green Bay and Minnesota.
This season hasn’t been the customary trajectory for a quarterback taken with the No. 1 overall pick. The Los Angeles Rams made Jared Goff inactive for a 28-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener, and coach Jeff Fisher didn’t even bump his first-round pick up to backup until Week 2, when the former Cal quarterback finally leapfrogged the immortal Sean Mannion on the depth chart. A trio of consecutive victories in Weeks 2-4 silenced any chatter about Goff supplanting journeyman Case Keenum as the starter, but that all changed when the Rams dropped below .500 with another three straight losses to the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and New York Giants entering their bye week.