Week 9 marks the halfway point of the NFL season on Nov. 3. However, this midseason week doesn’t offer a lot of games between two hot first half teams. The biggest intrigue in the NFL this Sunday may be in Houston by default, as the Indianapolis Colts play their first game since their prime time upset over the Denver Broncos two weeks ago.
Visiting the Houston Texans may not be as challenging for the Colts, especially since the Texans are down to 2-5. Nevertheless, this game is bigger for the Colts’ larger goal of taking back the AFC South. The Texans seized it away for the last two years, but any slim hope of keeping it hinges on pulling off this upset.
Case Keenum is being entrusted to keep Houston’s season alive in his second NFL start. Facing an Indianapolis team that beat Denver, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers in weeks past doesn’t look ideal for Keenum. Yet he almost beat the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in his first start, and the Colts have been less effective against the non-elite this season.
The Colts seemed to prove themselves in their last prime time showcase, yet being a sliding division rival they are supposed to beat would go a longer way. Given that the Cincinnati Bengals lost to a sliding Miami Dolphins on the road on Oct. 31, Indianapolis should know that no AFC division leaders are really safe this year.
Still, this Colts-Texans game looked a lot more intriguing weeks ago, when Houston still looked like a winning team. But it is the top game of Week 9 thanks to weak competition -- and here is a list of the best and worst games among that competition.