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Coming out of Summer Slam, it seems WWE is focusing on a solid new direction with Seth Rollins beating Brock Lesnar cleanly. Then having AJ Styles show up and challenge him on Raw the very next night. It's interesting to me that after a few years of ignoring The Bullet Club even existed they are now having AJ, Gallows and Anderson invite Balor into the "OC" during Summer Slam which is still a terrible name but is essentially the WWE Bullet Club. The Miz and Dolph's match was short as it should be at this point with Dolph just begging for more punishment afterwards, what are they going for with this angle? Rey and Andrade put on a great two falls match, they are now consistently putting on a great show every week but it's time to have them fight some other people it feels like. The match between Cedric Alexander and Drew Mcintyre was fantastic and it's great to see some new faces on TV these past few weeks. No Way Jose has absolutely no way to ever being a relevant wrestler, after being squashed again on television for the umpteenth time, this time by Bobby Roode. The Women's Tag Title match was great, it's fantastic to see Alexa Bliss in action again and I think a tag run is great for her because it keeps her elevated amongst the women's division without making her the focus of matches, limiting injury opportunities for her which is smart. The finish of Raw with Braun Strowman handing the title back to Seth Rollins, was a great hero turn.

Smackdown came out swinging managing to fit a lot into the two hour show. From the massive surprise return of Sasha Banks, to the final meeting between Roman Reigns and Rowan there was a lot to talk about. Sasha returning is incredibly interesting for several reasons most notably she's seemed unhappy on social media and with her contract ending late this year it seemed like she was angling to get to AEW and leave WWE behind. Tonight may signal a big change from those positions. The Kevin Owens match against Samoa Joe was an entertaining hard match and his turn into face is going great, which is a surprise because he is a great heel on the mic. Turning Shane into a great villain for Kevin to play off is really the key ingredient for this push. The Roman Reigns story is honestly not that interesting to me but it's working for guys like Buddy who get to have a match. The Revival and The New Day aren't anywhere near as exciting as say New Day vs the Usos and honestly, I think it's time to start looking for somewhere else for the guys from the Revival to land. Overall this week was a lot better than the last few weeks have been.

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The Houston Texans kept it closer than the experts thought they would, but couldn't pull out a victory. Here are 11 observations from the loss in Cleveland to the Browns.

1. The game looks totally different if Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor finishes the game. Taylor left at halftime with a hamstring injury. He was playing exceptionally well against his former team. Taylor is not expected to play Thursday according to NFL Network.

2. Davis Mills had a rocky NFL debut which was to be expected. Mills looked to have the wrong elements of a few plays. He also couldn't hit backup wideout Andre Roberts over the middle and threw an interception. It was a fine performance considering what Mills showed he could do in the preseason.

3. Mills didn't work with a full load of offensive weapons in the second half. Rookie wideout Nico Collins didn't return to the game after his lone catch and big run early in the game. Veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola left the game with an injury. Tight end Anthony Auclair left with an eye injury. The Texans entered the game without wide receiver Anthony Miller who was inactive.

4. Brandin Cooks is a monster through two games. He is the most dangerous skill position player on the team, and defenses still have trouble covering him and staying with him. Cooks turned in yet another impressive day for this team and hauled in a Davis Mills touchdown pass.

5. The Browns did a solid job against the ground game of the Texans. Mark Ingram averaged under three yards per carry and Tyrod Taylor was the only rusher to have a big play on the ground. This led to a fair number of third-and-long situations which the Texans usually had trouble converting.

6. Justin Reid was set to increase his payday on his next contract with his early play. Reid forced a fumble and had an interception in the first half. Unfortunately, Reid would leave the game multiple times with injuries. The knock on Reid has always been his health.

7. The Texans were worn down by the Browns rushing attack all day. Once Cleveland committed to the run they saw the success of their work culminating in a 26-yard scamper by Nick Chubb for a touchdown. The Browns didn't run as much as I excepted them to run early.

8. Tim Kelly had another nice day calling plays. Kelly remains creative in finding ways to get the ball out of Taylor's hands quickly as well as manufacturing matchups where the Texans can win and pick up yards. He even got creative to get Davis Mills a passing touchdown late in the game. Kelly has been very impressive through two games.

9. Andre Roberts was inexcusably bad today. The Texans defense held on the opening drive and his muffed punt eliminated the momentum from the defensive stand. He also had poor returns on kickoffs. His lone job is to be a solid returner, and he failed at that on Sunday.

10. David Culley had a head-scratching decision foregoing an offsides call on a third down. The head coach opted for the result of the third down, and a punt on fourth down, instead of another third down. He did not explain himself well postgame on the decision either.

11. The Texans hung tough and should feel solid about where they could have been without the injury to their quarterback. With no Taylor in the short week, it will not be easy to beat the Panthers who upset the Saints on Sunday.

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