T.G.I.M.! #175

James LeBeau covers what you may have missed this past weekend while previewing what you must watch in this week's sports schedule.

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Thank you San Francisco Giants for coming back and giving us a game 7 in the NLCS. While having the field set for the World Series would be nice, who doesn't enjoy a do or die baseball game?

Throw in the midway point in the NFL and you got a great week of action coming up. More than enough to keep the most jaded sports fan whistling Dixie.

 

What You May Have Missed

Texans slam Ravens 43-13

It was a tale of two 5-1 teams heading in opposite directions on Sunday when the Houston Texans dominated the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 in a showdown between the AFC's only two teams with a winning record. The Texas used a relentless all-around game on both sides of the game to pound down a Ravens team that showed little life in the loss.

Beset by numerous injuries to key personnel on the defensive side, the Ravens had no answer for any aspect of the Texans offense and looked lifeless without their emotional leader, Ray Lewis, who was lost for the year last week.

"It's not the end of the world," Baltimore defensive standout Terrell Suggs said, "but it's not something we're going to take lightly, either."

 

Ohio State survives to go 8-0

It wasn't pretty and it sure wasn't easy but the Ohio State Buckeyes survived an inspired effort from the Purdue Boilermakers to improve to 8-0 for the season. On a day where offense was hard to find, the Buckeyes saw their biggest threat and Heisman potential, QB Braxton Miller, sidelined by injury and their team down by a score with under a minute remaining. Kenny Guiton wasn't about to let the Buckeyes go down without a fight though. He engineered a game tying drive to put the game into overtime. One overtime touchdown later and Ohio State walked away a very stunned 29-22 victor.

"I'm still trying to figure that bad boy out," a stunned coach Urban Meyer said after his Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) remained perfect on the season with the improbable victory. "We won, right?"

 

Sanchez fumbles away game

Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets came into Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with nothing but question marks surrounding him. Leaving the game with a 29-26 loss in overtime doesn't answer many of them. Yes, Sanchez threw for over 300 yards, which is roughly over 200 yards more than a week earlier, but a key fumble in overtime gave the game to the New England Patriots on a day that either team could have prevailed.

Credit to the New York defense that held Tom Brady and that high powered Pats offense to just 15 points after the first quarter, with two of them being on a safety.

 

The Week Ahead

(NBA) LA Lakers at LA Clippers, Wednesday 10:30 pm NBA TV: It's the preseason battle of LA as the Clippers and Lakers bang it out for west coast bragging rights. With both teams looking like playoff contenders, this could be a preview of bigger things come the regular season.

(NFL) Tampa Bay at Minnesota Thursday 8:20 pm NFL Network: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are suddenly fielding one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL after two straight weeks of great production by Josh Freeman. They will need all that and more if they are going to go into Minnesota and best a surprising Vikings team that is playing far better than anyone expected.

(NBA) New Orleans at Miami, Friday 8 pm ESPN: The reigning NBA champs take the court as it hosts the up and coming New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets are looking to take that next step into Western Conference relevancy while Miami is just coasting along till the regular season.

(NCAAFB) No. 5 Notre Dame vs No. 9 Oklahoma, Saturday 8 pm abc: The surprising Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking to keep an impressive season and its BCS hopes alive with a win over a top ten team in Oklahoma. While it won't be easy, a win this week will legitimatize the Irish as contenders.

(NFL) NY Giants at Dallas, Sunday, 4:25 pm FOX: Sitting atop the NFC East, the Giants will need a win over the Cowboys to keep their position secure as one of the top teams in the NFL. Dallas — coming off of a solid win — will be looking to sweep the series after beating the Giants in week 1.

(NFL) New Orleans at Denver, Sunday 8:20 pm NBC: Are you a fan of high scoring, offensive games? If yes then this game is right up you alley as Drew Brees of the Saints and Peyton Manning of the Broncos are sure to light it up on prime time.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.