RTC: Pagano gives Colts a purpose

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Houston Texans

“And now, for their encore performance, the Texans need to crush the Jacksonville Jaguars like a June bug under a bulldozer,” writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, looking ahead to Jaguars-Texans.

Defensive line coach Bill Kollar (blood clot) plans to be back with the team Wednesday, says McClain.

Injured Texans starters could be back for the Jaguars game, says Nick Scurfield of the team’s website. There should be no reason to rush tight end Owen Daniels, defensive tackle Shaun Cody or reserve running back Ben Tate.

The penalties against Jay Cutler and Tim Dobbins didn’t come out in a fair way, but should, says George Breather of The Fifth Down.

Indianapolis Colts

Chuck Pagano’s illness has provided the Colts with a purpose, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

To which I say: The idea of a purpose for a young team is a big deal. And Pagano’s situation has provided this team with something big to fight for over the long haul, bonding a group in a rare way.

Cornerback Darius Butler is a starter now and Jerraud Powers is on IR, says Phil Richards of the Star. Nose tackle Josh Chapman’s time to contribute has come, too.

Jacksonville Jaguars

If there is a good time to play the Texans this season, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union thinks this might be it. “It would seem difficult for the Texans to come close to duplicating the emotion they displayed against the Bears, especially because they beat the Jaguars 27-7 in Jacksonville in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score sounded.”

Defensive end George Selvie has gotten more and more playing time, says Ryan O’Halloran of the T-U.

The Jaguars signed another Greg Jones, says O’Halloran.

Can Cecil Shorts reach 1,000 receiving yards, asks Luke Sims of Black and Teal.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans know it would take a lot, but still see a possibility of a playoff berth, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

To which I say: That’s what they have to say and believe. I know things can change quickly, but I look at the AFC standings and have trouble seeing anything different than the Colts and the second-place team in the AFC North as wild cards.

As they self-scout, the Titans will pay particular attention to Kenny Britt, says John Glennon of The Tennessean. They want to see if he can be utilized better.