Reading the coverage...
Says Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle: “I understand it is a challenge to simply think of the Texans as one of the NFL’s best without a 'but,' but you should know other teams in the league are more worried about the Texans than the Texans are about them.” The team insists it’s not trying to prove anything, just to show people how good they are.
The Colts can rely on their youthful exuberance and pick up where they left off in their improbable win over the Packers or see the youth movement take a step back after such an emotional weekend, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
The bright spots through five games are the kicker and the punter, says Ryan O’Halloran. That leaves a lot of bad stuff to cover in a thorough Q&A with general manager Gene Smith.
“The Jaguars' problem is simple,” says Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union. “They have too many average or below-average players in starting positions. When two of your impact players are a placekicker (Josh Scobee) and a punter (Bryan Anger), that's a problem. Nothing wrong with having so-so starters at a few spots. Plenty of elite teams have those. But they also have difference-makers sprinkled at skill positions and across both lines. Other than Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars are bereft of star power.”
The Titans’ rebuilt linebacking corps has upgraded speed, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. They played well in the win over the Steelers on Thursday night. But I’m still not sold on this maturing trio as the core of a young defense.