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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Dallas Cowboys Brandon Weeden #3 of the Dallas Cowboys and Matt Cassel #16 of the Dallas Cowboys fist bump before the start of their NFL game against the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)

    If there is a worse division in the NFL than the NFC East, it's the AFC South.

    On Sunday, the Houston Texans pulled their record to .500 and gave themselves sole possession of first place with two games to play in the AFC South, and they did it with the help of none other than Brandon Weeden.

    Weeden, who spent the first part of the season in Dallas as the Cowboys' backup quarterback before being thrust into starting duty in Week 2 when Tony Romo broke his collarbone the first time, was released by the team after they elevated Matt Cassel above him in the quarterback pecking order.

    The Cowboys went 0-3 in Weeden starts before moving on Cassel, who went 1-6 as the Cowboys' starter. Weeden put up some decent numbers — better than anything Cassel did — in two of those losses to the Falcons and Saints, but both of those games were given up by the Cowboys' defense.

    Weeden completed 11 of 18 passes for 105 yards and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to cap a 10-play, 90-yard drive. Weeden passed for 44 yards and drew a pass interference call on the game-winning drive.

    "He's a pro, he acts like a pro, he carries himself like a pro, he is a pro," Houston coach Bill O'Brien told reporters. "Look, I'm not sure he has the whole offense down pat, but I think he has enough that he can go in there and function."

    O'Brien took notice, but the Cowboys apparently didn't.