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Jake Locker, Eugene Monroe and Dwight Freeney are involved in matchups to watch today, according to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com.

Houston Texans

Trindon Holliday’s speed got him noticed, but his toughness and lack of fear turned him into a football player, writes Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. She visited Holliday’s family in Baton Rouge, La.

Cal McNair has always wanted to work with his dad, the Texans owner. Now Cal is the team’s chief operating officer and lining up to eventually own the team, though he’s in no hurry, writes Ganguli.

Houston’s native son, Gary Kubiak, has reason to smile entering a season of hope, says Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.

Ninety-nine things you need to know about the Texans, from Dale Robertson of the Chron.

Indianapolis Colts

Time as a child in Europe helped shape Andrew Luck, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. "I wish I could compare it to a life where I've never spent any time overseas," Luck said. "But I think I do appreciate different cultures a little more. It opened my eyes to different cultures, different ways of going about things that are OK, that aren't taboo."

For Reggie Wayne, the Bears game will be a 146th consecutive start, says Mike Chappell.

The Star spoke with owner Jim Irsay on the eve of the season. “I could not be happier in all aspects and the way things have moved forward. We had major salary-cap problems and we worked to fill some of the holes we had through poor drafting in the last three or four years and injuries and those sort of things. That's gone very well.”

Jacksonville Jaguars

“The NFL is League Turnaround and the Jaguars want to join the list. They think it’s possible,” writes Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

“[T]he good thing about the Jaguars finally opening their 2012 season at Minnesota is we get a hint if the promise of a different era under new coach Mike Mularkey actually has merit,” writes Gene Frenette of the Times-Union. “One game doesn’t provide a definitive answer, but it provides a better clue than anything we’ve tried to glean from a preseason of mixed-bag results and Maurice Jones-Drew’s lengthy holdout.”

Statistical projections on Jaguars-Vikings from O’Halloran.

Tennessee Titans

Matchups, predictions, a heat index and five questions with Akeem Ayers from Jim Wyatt and the Tennessean NFL writers.

Three keys to a Titans win, from John Glennon of The Tennessean.

The Patriots need left guard Logan Mankins more than ever.

NFL Network’s playbook feature on Patriots-Titans, from the team’s website.