Reading the coverage ...
Matt Schaub knows the Texans offense, has a feel for his line and his receivers and is off to the best start of his career, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Gary Kubiak needs to slow his roll with Arian Foster’s workload, says Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle blogs.
To which I say: It’s still a relatively small sample size. When there's a game in which the Texans are forced to pass a lot and do a good job working in Ben Tate, Foster’s pace will be back in a more reasonable range.
We’ll find out what the Colts are made of after seeing how they deal with the heartache connected to Chuck Pagano’s illness, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.
To which I say: Yes, we will learn a lot about these guys. But responding well to a tough situation won’t close a talent gap in a lot of games.
Packers center Jeff Saturday is looking forward to being back in Indianapolis, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. Saturday said he’ll have to figure out where the visitor’s locker room is.
For the first time since he suffered a high ankle sprain early in the opener against Chicago, Dwight Freeney went through a full practice, says Phil Richards of the Star.
To which I say: Bruce Arians said the Colts need their five-star players to play big, and Freeney is certainly one of those guys. He’ll have to affect Aaron Rodgers for the Colts to have a chance to pull an upset of the Packers.
With Laurent Robinson not expected to play, Mike Thomas could find himself in a position to do more, again, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
To which I say: I didn’t see anything in camp and I haven’t heard anything since that says Thomas is a guy you want to be relying on again. But he’s another default to insufficient depth on this roster.
It doesn’t sound like Derek Cox is expecting to be shifted to play exclusively on Chicago’s Brandon Marshall Sunday against the Bears, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.
To which I say: If a team’s got a singular receiver, the Jaguars need to adjust their scheme to get their singular cornerback on him.
Back in the lineup because of Jake Locker’s shoulder injury, Matt Hasselbeck said he will be looking to emphasize a crisp tempo, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
To which I say: That tempo will need to include getting the ball out fast in the face of Jared Allen’s rush.
It looks as if middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will return from three weeks missed with a high ankle sprain, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
To which I say: McCarthy can add a real jolt to the Titans defense, which suffered for lack of a quality backup middle linebacker.