Cowboys Nearly Cough Up 17-Point Lead

Colts stun Texans with late surge; Redskins run over Eagles
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2008 6:28 PM CDT
Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell (17) hands off the ball during the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 23-17 win.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – The Dallas Cowboys nearly blew a big lead today, and the Indianapolis Colts overcame one against the winless Houston Texans:

  • The Cincinnati Bengals whittled down the Cowboys' 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, but blew it when receiver Miles Austin couldn't catch an endzone pass, reports. Cowboys 31, Bengals 22.
  • The Colts scored 21 points in just over 2 minutes in the fourth quarter, beating the Texans 31-27. Peyton Manning threw two TDs and linebacker Gary Brackett returned a Houston fumble for another score, USA Today reports.

  • New coach Jim Zorn led the Redskins to a 23-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, improving the team’s record to 4-1. Clinton Portis ran for 145 yards and one touchdown, USA Today reports.
  • Solid defense and a late touchdown drive kept the Tennessee Titans undefeated. The Titans rallied to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 13-10.
  • The Miami Dolphins upset the defending AFC West champion San Diego Chargers 17-10. The victory marks the first back-to-back wins for Miami in nearly 2 years.
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