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Antonio Smith, Neil Rackers and Matt Leinart see similarities between the Texans and the 2008 Super Bowl Cardinals. Jeffrey Martin of the Houston Chronicles explains. Says Rackers: "We have a quarterback [Matt Schaub] that leads by example, which is something we had in Arizona. And we have a lot of young guys, similar to Arizona, that were really good, but didn't quite know how good they can be. The talent on this team is amazing."
The Colts are enduring the longest dry spell in takeaways in franchise history. Much of the problem is that a slew of young guys in the secondary are still getting accustomed to the speed of the NFL, say Mike Chappell and Phil Richards. "Right now we're not playing as fast as we need to play against the caliber of opposition that we're playing against. We're a step behind," defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said.
As the Jaguars (2-5) and Texans (4-3) jostle for position in the AFC South in Houston, the game will feature two top-10 defenses, one year removed from when they were two of the worst in the NFL. Jacksonville hopes to duplicate what it did against the Ravens, says Tania Ganguli of the Times-Union. "That's not a fluke," defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said. "We expect the same results when we go to Houston."
Jason Jones’ move from tackle to end hasn’t paid off yet for the Titans' defense. “You’re using to being banged on,” defensive line coach Tracy Rocker told John Glennon of The Tennessean. “But now it’s about learning to turn the corner and rush off the edge instead of everything happening so quickly in the pocket.” Confession from me: I’m wondering if the move was a mistake.