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Andre Johnson is unsure if he’ll be ready to go Sunday. "If I feel the way I feel [Wednesday], I probably won't play Sunday, but (Wednesday) is not Sunday," Johnson said, per Jeffrey Martin of the Houston Chronicle. "We still have some days ahead of us that we have to work through." The Texans should go ahead and declare him out, moving forward with a plan that’s good enough to win over the Jaguars at Reliant Stadium.
Anthony Gonzalez has been invisible for the Colts this season, as they’ve barely used the receiver. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star looks at Gonzalez’s state of mind, which is pretty good. What would prompt the Colts to get him into the mix? Why not give him a shot?
The problem with Larry Coyer's defensive scheme is it defends space, not players. It seems averse to preventing the big play, defending the sticks on third down and tightening up in the red zone, writes Colin McCollough of Bleacher Report. Some nice illustrations here and good questions about why DBs play so far off in the red zone.
Josh Scobee is kicking very well for the Jaguars. He became just the sixth kicker to hit three field goals of 50 yards or longer in a game in the win Monday night. For the second year in a row, he made his first 14 field goal attempts. But last season, Scobee then missed six of his final 14, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.
The Titans have to stop the run in order to get in position for sacks. A sack slowdown is a trend the Titans know they need to reverse quickly, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. In the past two games, the defense gave up a combined 79 points and 949 yards during lopsided losses to the Steelers and Texans. Run-stopping was supposed to be the big feature of the revamped scheme that emphasizes more size up front.
Linebacker Will Witherspoon’s experience in St. Louis after Steven Jackson’s holdout in 2008 tells him Chris Johnson has a breakout coming. David Boclair of The City Paper looks at Johnson’s struggles in that context. The Titans will take any cause for optimism they can get, but whether Johnson can mirror Jackson is a giant question.