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Houston Texans

Gary Kubiak’s play calling caught the Bucs off-guard on the first play, and they were rendered helpless the rest of the way as the Texans romped to a 7-3 record, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Is it time to forget everything you thought you knew about the Texans? At the moment, they are doing a pretty good imitation of one of the NFL’s best teams, says Richard Justice of the Chronicle.

The Texans backed up that No. 1 defensive ranking, says Jeffrey Martin of the Chronicle.

Finally healthy, Derrick Ward got in the end zone against a team that let him go, says Martin.

Cornerback Brice McCain is blossoming under the new coaching staff, says McClain.

McClain’s report card.

Indianapolis Colts

The moribund Colts offense couldn’t do much in loss No. 10, says Phil Richards.

As much as management would love to keep both Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, maybe have Manning tutor Luck through one season, it's not practical or financially viable, says Bob Kravitz of the Star. “You think the Colts will pay Manning that $28 million roster bonus so he can work with Luck for a year? Either they'll pay him and trade him, or they'll choose not to pay the bonus and watch him walk in free agency -- likely the latter.”

The Colts' offense was so inept Curtis Painter threw two interceptions in one series, says Reggie Hayes of the News-Sentinel.

The defense was good, but not good enough to win, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

Dan Orlovsky was in the game at the end again, and the Colts could decide to start him over Painter after the bye, says Chappell.

The Colts have a huge gaping hole in the roof, says Nate Dunlevy of 18to88.com.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert’s baby steps included a long third-quarter touchdown drive, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union. The Jaguars got a needed win against a bad team, but I sure wish Gabbert had shown more than that in such a setting.

Jeremy Mincey was at the center of a dominant defensive effort against the Colts, says Vito Stellino.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis will have an MRI of his knee, says Tania Ganguli of the T-U.

The Jaguars will take the win, but they sure could use some style pointers, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Frenette’s report card.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans sacked Cam Newton five times and disrupted his rhythm all day in a rout of the Panthers, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Titans got Chris Johnson and the run game going as the Panthers wore down, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

First-quarter production was a big change for the Titans and sparked success, says Glennon.

Colin McCarthy looked solid in his first start for the Titans as he subbed for the injured Barrett Ruud, says Wyatt.

Tennessee looked at the trip to Carolina as a chance for a fresh start, says David Climer.

Wyatt’s report card.