Reading the coverage: Countdown to kick

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Houston Texans

The Texans understand that individual statistics do not translate to collective titles, says Dale Robertson.

John McClain and N.D. Kalu talk about the opener. (Video.)

The Texans will win, but here’s how they could get beat, says Lance Zierlein.

Indianapolis Colts

Without Peyton Manning, the Colts’ other leaders need to lead, writes Mike Chappell.

Manning clarified the timeline for his May issues and surgery, says Chappell.

Bob Kravitz walks through the steps of grief on the Manning news.

With the Super Bowl in their stadium, the Colts will be thinking only about winning games, says Phil Richards.

Manning is not with the team in Houston.

Five things to watch for, from Nate Dunleavy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

How does the quarterback change affect the Jaguars? That and other burning questions from Vito Stellino.

Tania Ganguli’s pregame breakdown.

It’s time for the Jaguars to give fans reasons for optimism, says Gene Frenette.

Stellino asks if the Jaguars are losing their gamble on Aaron Kampman.

The gnashing of teeth nationally about the release of an average quarterback who most thought would be benched by midseason anyway has drawn doormat predictions for the Jaguars and that’s puzzling to Alfie Crow.

Tennessee Titans

Can the Titans put the pieces together? John Glennon explores.

Maurice Jones-Drew will provide the first test of the Titans’ bigger defense, says Glennon.

Jim Wyatt previews the game.

Four storylines heading into the game from David Climer.

All the quarterback action in the division makes the Titans look stable, says David Boclair.

A season outlook from Tom Gower.