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Gregg Doyel forecasts doom for the Colts and big things for the Texans.
Houston flipped the script, started well and beat the Peyton Manning-less Colts, says John McClain.
The Texans nearly got a shutout in a game they said was merely a good start, says Jeffrey Martin.
Ben Tate stepped in and maintained the Texans' running game, says Dale Robertson.
McClain’s report card.
Afraid to believe? Not Richard Justice.
The Texans looked division-title good, says Tully Corcoran.
The blame for this loss extends well beyond Kerry Collins, says Mike Chappell.
Players emphasized it’s just one game, writes Phil Richards.
Jim Irsay was coy in talking about Peyton Manning’s timetable, says Mike Chappell.
For the Colts, that was first and terrible, says Bob Kravitz.
Players were in the spirit of the 9-11 anniversary, says Chappell.
For Collins and the Colts, the first game merely might have confirmed for future opponents what they had suspected all along. Manning, probably out for the season after neck surgery, covered up a multitude of deficiencies sprinkled throughout the team, proving, if possible, that he was even more valuable than his four league Most Valuable Player awards indicated. From Judy Battista.
The specter of Brett Favre has to have crossed someone’s mind with the Colts, says Don Banks. Please no.
You don't start Collins in a game with two weeks to learn the offense and expect to get anything other than what the Colts got. Yesterday was not the test of whether this team will be in games. That test comes next week against the lowly Browns. There are games the 2011 Colts have no chance to win going in. Accept that now, urges Nate Dunlevy.
A turmoil-filled week ended with a buzz-creating win, says Tania Ganguli.
Luke McCown passed his first test, says Vito Stellino.
Style points weren’t necessary in this win, says Gene Frenette.
The Jaguars' defense set a tone with the very first play, says Garry Smits.
Kenny Britt kept the Titans alive, says Smits.
Frenette’s report card.
Combination analysis from Ganguli and Frenette. (Video.)
Maurice Jones-Drew wanted more work on a day coaches limited him, says Stellino.
Paul Posluszny thought solid run defense against a good run team was a good start, says John Oehser.
The Titans looked like they were running in sand early, and by the time they found solid footing it was too late, says Jim Wyatt.
You can’t play like this and expect to win, says David Climer.
The debut of the Titans’ bigger defense was a failure, says John Glennon.
Chris Johnson was a non-factor in his first game after his holdout, says Glennon.
Wyatt’s report card.
William Hayes is another hurt defensive end, says Glennon.
Michael Griffin lamented a missed opportunity, says Wyatt.
The interior offensive line reverted to bad form and the offense was vanilla, says Music City Miracles.