On Manning, Texans' rise, Titans rookies

Lots of AFC South-related stuff on our fine web site today.

Let me point it you to it.

NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas writes his weekly league-wide Quarterback Watch on Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. He hits on an important point:

“The thing we, as a society, tend to forget is that you don’t get to be an NFL quarterback without being extremely competitive and at least a little selfish. Manning wasn’t put on this earth to be a glorified quarterbacks coach. If he comes back to the Colts, he’s coming back as the starter, not a mentor.”

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. leads his weekly Rookie Watch with the Titans’ first-year defenders.

“(Defensive tackle Jurrell) Casey made an immediate impact as an active run defender. A stout presence on the inside, Casey isn't just a stay-at-home plugger. Instead, Casey shows initial quickness and very good movement skills for his size.”

Greg Garber of ESPN.com looks at how the Texans' next-man-up approach has built their big season.

"(Guard Mike) Brisiel broke his leg in the first half of the game in Cincinnati. In the true spirit of these Texans, he played the entire second half."

ESPN.com Insider's KC Joyner writes that the Houston Texans have showed great resiliency overcoming a multitude of injuries, and now Houston has a chance to ride Arian Foster, Ben Tate and an exceptional defense deep into the playoffsInsider.

“The strongest link in the Texans' pass coverage is Johnathan Joseph. He was usually perceived as the weaker link in the Cincinnati Bengals' secondary, but as noted in a July Insider article about NFL free agency, during the past two years Joseph had coverage numbers that were actually better than Nnamdi Asomugha's. Joseph's 6.1 YPA this season is even better than his composite YPA during the past two years, and thus it could be said that he was the best free-agent acquisition this past offseason.”