RTC: Taking your eye off the ball

Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

Wes Welker is expert at creating space, and containing the Patriots receiver will be a big key for the Texans on Monday night, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.

Andre Johnson says this is the biggest game in the history of the Texans, says John McClain.

To which I say: I respectfully disagree. It’s a big game for national perception. But the Texans can lose it and still wind up with the top seed in the AFC. Last season’s game that clinched a playoff berth, and the playoff win against Cincinnati, were far bigger because there was far more at stake. For AJ, there is no sense looking back.

Johnathan Joseph practiced and looks to be on track to return to action Monday Night, says Dale Robertson.

Tom Brady shreds blitzes, and Houston tends to live on them, says Battle Red Blog.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts tell you how much you can learn by taking your eye off the ball when watching a game, via Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. A companion piece illustrates the difference between what you see on TV and what you can see on all-22 film.

To which I say: It can be really hard to do while watching a game live. It's far easier a second time through. But there is only so much football watching time.

Bob Kravitz of the Star chooses to gloat that he was right when he said the Colts needed a new GM and coach, and should move on from Peyton Manning with Andrew Luck.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Who will get the first pick in the draft in a year where there is no early, clear-cut top choice, asks Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

There has been a revolving door on Jacksonville’s special teams and the results have been mixed, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.

It still looks like Tim Tebow won’t suit up against the Jaguars on Sunday, says the AP.

Run defense is a big issue, says Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country.

Tennessee Titans

Clutch performances separate Andrew Luck and Jake Locker, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

To which I say: And the thing that makes for the difference in clutch performances is simple -- Luck is far more talented.

The Titans did some practice-squad shuffling, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

If Fernando Velasco was the center of the future, the Titans would be leaving him there for the final four games, says Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles.