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The Texans are looking forward to showing off to a national TV audience tonight on "Monday Night Football" against the Jets at Met Life Stadium, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.
Big questions and key players heading into the game, from John McClain of the Chron.
This is another example of playing the right team at the right time for the Texans,” writes Randy Harvey of the Chron. “… That is not to say the Texans aren’t good. They are so good that this game, even though it’s on Monday Night Football, is getting scant attention while people around the league look ahead to the Texans’ following two games against the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens.”
To which I say: If the Texans get picked off tonight, it’s not going to be because they were looking ahead. It’ll be because they play poorly. I don’t see it.
Jim Irsay on giving Chuck Pagano the game ball from the upset of Green Bay in the hospital: "We walked in, he got up, we all embraced and shed some tears and Chuck said, `You know, I don't feel so sick right now.'" Bob Kravitz’s column from the Indianapolis Star.
To which I say: We’ll be hard-pressed to find a more heartwarming story in the NFL this year. Bravo to all involved.
On this day, Andrew Luck was the best quarterback on the field, says Mike Chappell of the Star.
Reggie Wayne was at his absolute best as he played to pay tribute to Pagano, who he’s known since both were at the University of Miami, says Phil Richards of the Star.
Said Pagano in an email to the Star: "I am so proud of this team, staff, organization, fans, community, etc."
The way Luck bounced back from a jarring sack by Nick Perry told us a lot, says Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan.
It was a comeback for the ages, but don't call it a miracle, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
So inept were the Jaguars in the second half, the Jaguars need a new chapter in their history books, says Ryan O’Halloran of the T-U. It amplified concerns about everything but the kicking game.
Blaine Gabbert says it falls on his shoulders when moment swings in such a big way, writes Vito Stellino of the T-U.
To which I say: There is no way not to put a high percentage of this one on him. The Charles Tillman interception return for a TD broke it open, and that was all Gabbert.
“The mess that has unfolded to start this 2012 season is beyond reprehensible,” writes Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union. “Hands down, being outscored 95-20 at EverBank Field in 180 minutes of football is far more embarrassing than any tarps over seats or having one playoff win in the past 12 years.”
Before the game, owner Shad Khan talked about staying the course, says Stellino.
To which I say: There is not a lot else he can say, but the course is a joke right now.
Like the team he coaches, the postgame platform on which Mike Munchak stood to address the press was unstable, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean in his gamer.
The Titans are who they are, and no outside players or coaches are coming in to save the day, Munchak said. They’ve got to get better with who they have. David Climer’s column from The Tennessean.
To which I say: The longer it goes, no matter the lack of alternative, the more Titans fans will clamor for some type of shakeup.
The Titans' defense held -- for a half, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
It was back to the bad run game for Chris Johnson and his blockers, says Wyatt.
“One of (Matt) Hasselbeck’s strengths as a full-time starter last season was that he did a solid job of limiting turnovers, throwing just 14 interceptions in 518 attempts -- an average of one every 37 attempts. But he’s already thrown three this season in 79 attempts, an average of one every 26 tosses.” Glennon’s story.
The grades are awful but Wyatt's report card is fair.