Reading the coverage…
The Texans played a perfect game against one of the NFL’s surprise teams. They walked onto that field, took control almost from the start and never gave the Titans a moment to think they had a chance to win, writes Richard Justice of The Houston Chronicle.
Danieal Manning looks to be out at least eight to 10 weeks after breaking his leg, reports John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Not only was The Texans’ 41-7 win in Nashville the most lopsided victory in franchise history, it was the worst defeat the Titans have suffered on their home field. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reviews the game.
Ben Tate topped 100 yards rushing in a complimentary role, says Jeffrey Martin of the Chronicle.
The Texans are alone in first place in the AFC South, a first for this late in the season according to McClain and Martin.
The Texans had a confidence about them that Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle is not sure he’s seen from them before.
The Texans will miss Manning more than Mario Williams, says Lance Zierlein of The Z Report.
The team with the worst record in the NFL played like the worst team in the NFL, writes Phil Richards of The Indianapolis Star. "Man, they scored so much, their fans got tired of cheering," Colts defensive end Robert Mathis said.
On a day when the winless Dolphins seemed to establish themselves as the worst team in the NFL, blowing a 15-point home lead to the Broncos in the final three minutes, the winless Colts outdid them, says Bob Kravitz of the Star.
The defense offered no resistance, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.
A fumble and a brutal loss meant a breakout day for running back Delone Carter didn’t mean much, says Mike Chappell.
GM Gene Smith has an unwavering confidence in his approach and his team, despite the 1-5 record, says Tania Ganguli of the Times-Union. Says Smith: "If you believe in what you're doing, you work with the process you employ, that's how I deal with it. It is a part of life in the NFL. There's highs, there's lows. This sport will test your manhood." With an uncertain future, he said he’s playing out his contract the way he often asks players to do.
If the players are so fixated on taking heat off Jack Del Rio, then tonight’s prime-time clash with the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field represents maybe the last real chance to alter the perception that their head coach is a goner, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.
A blowout loss to the Texans appeared to rock the psyche of the Titans, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
“Considering the utter futility we saw on display, this is the first major crossroads of Mike Munchak’s head coaching career. His personality is to stay the course and diligently keep plugging away, but more radical action should be considered,” writes David Climer of The Tennessean.
The Titans had their worst passing day of the season, which will only raise the volume on the outside talk about Terrell Owens, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
The defense is trending in the wrong direction, says Glennon.
The Titans aren’t thinking Javon Ringer can solve the run-game issues, says Wyatt.
At this point, Chris Johnson is nothing special, and the easiest way to try to solve things is to sit him, says David Boclair.
Don Banks of SI.com is already ready for Jake Locker. I’m not putting much of the blame for the past two losses on Matt Hasselbeck, and his leadership is a key to turning things around, if it can be done. The Titans won’t give a thought to benching him.