RTC: Colts couldn't run or stop run

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Why Andy Benoit prefers to watch football alone. I am not big on DVRing, but can relate to a lot of what he writes here.

Houston Texans

Houston started fast but left issues that need to be addressed in their preseason loss in New Orleans, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans sure seem ready for the season, but are they ready to live up to the big expectations, asks Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle.

Young Texans heard stern words from Gary Kubiak about their fumbles, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

Andre Johnson checked out OK after a bad landing, say McClain and Ganguli.

Indianapolis Colts

Nevermind the quarterbacks, the Colts want to run and stop the run and they failed at both in their preseason loss to Washington, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

The league was the big winner in the Andre Luck-Robert Griffin III preseason matchup in Washington, says Bob Kravitz of the Star. “Luck and RG3. We'll be comparing these guys for the rest of their NFL lives. Like New England's Tom Brady and (Peyton) Manning. Whether they like it or not.”

As Drew Stanton left the team to be with his wife who was in labor, Chandler Harnish got a lot of action backing up Andrew Luck, says Chappell.

Luck again showed an advanced ability to navigate within the pocket and find receivers under pressure, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars wide receivers beyond Justin Blackmon have to do far better, writes Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. Laurent Robinson, in particular, needs to get going.

Mike Mularkey left the door open that if Maurice Jones-Drew shows up soon, he can still start the regular season, says Stellino.

If Jones-Drew shows up, he’ll play in seven games against backs who make more money, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Tennessee Titans

Taylor Thompson faced the most challenging transition of anyone in Titans training camp and he moved from defensive end back to tight end, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

While starters from across the league sit out preseason game No. 4, quarterback Jake Locker is likely to play a half against the Saints on Thursday night, says Glennon.

Assessing the Titans outside linebackers with Tom Gower of Total Titans.

Predicting the roster with Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles.

Locker is a fantasy sleeper, says Jonathan Bales of the Fifth Down Blog.