What a wacky bunch of 1 o'clock games we saw unfold today.
*The Houston Texans take home the award for this week's "Upset Special," after knocking off the 12-1 Tennessee Titans in Texas. A small bump in the road for Tennessee, who is only playing for home-field advantage, but a nice one for the Texans, who are out of playoff contention but have won four straight and are playing great football. Steve Slaton looks like the real deal among a rookie class of notable running backs. Ironically the RBs who are having the most success - Slaton, Chris Johnson, Matt Forte - are not the ones we expected at the beginning of the season.
*It's hard to explain how, but the Miami Dolphins keep on winning. It wasn't the fanciest show on earth but the 'Fins beat the 49ers to keep pace with the Jets, who beat the Bills in a close one. The Patriots are just getting under way against the Oakland Raiders in the Golden State.
*Oh, how far the Washington Redskins have fallen. A few weeks ago they were in second place in the NFC East and looking like a wildcard team. Now they're in last place, well out of the playoff picture after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, who improved to a putrid 2-11-1 with the win.
*Atlanta pulled off a victory over Tampa Bay in overtime to even themselves with the Bucs in the NFC South at 9-5. The Panthers are 10-3 and hosting the Denver Broncos as we speak. I can't say enough about Matt Ryan and how impressed I have been with the rookie QB. He may win Rookie of the Year and I wouldn't be shocked if Falcons coach Mike Smith wins Coach of the Year.
*The Chargers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a comeback victory in Kansas City. All sarcasm aside, the Chiefs are much better than their 2-12 record indicates. They've put up tough performances and lost many games at the end, like this one.