Reading the coverage…
“For a veteran team to come out flat without a sense of urgency when it has a chance to earn home-field advantage is inexcusable,” writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
To which I say: They can make this result irrelevant in a hurry with a win Sunday in Indianapolis.
J.J. Watt is within two of the NFL sack record and Andre Johnson got to 800 catches faster than anyone but Marvin Harrison.
The Texans offense faced third-and-8 or longer nine times against the Vikings, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.
An irregular heartbeat sidelined Arian Foster but he and the team said it’s not a concern, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
The Texans' lack of focus with so much at stake is unacceptable, says Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.
This detour takes the Texans from Easy Street to Danger Alley, says Randy Harvey
“Houston probably deserves a break -- it can still clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed with a win next week or losses by the Broncos and Patriots,” writes Eric Adelson of Yahoo. “However, Sunday's outing was the second bad one in three games. The Texans had 11 first downs, one third-down conversion, 187 total yards and 34 net yards rushing against Minnesota.”
Minnesota pushed the Texans around for 60 minutes, dominating both sides of the ball in a convincing win, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
What the Colts have done is bigger than storybook, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.
Chuck Pagano addresses his team this morning and resumes his role as the Colts coach, says Phil Richards of the Star.
To which I say: I can't wait to see his news conference, which comes a bit later.
"I haven't had the joyride some coaches have had in 20-some years in the National Football League," Bruce Arians said in this Mike Chappell story. "To have this job given to me and to be able to do it and be able to hand it back with a football team in the playoffs, I really can't put into words."
It was an improbable victory by an improbable team in an improbable season, says Richards.
Reggie Wayne’s TD was the difference as he added more accolades to a great season, say Chappell and Richards.
The Colts took advantage of every opportunity, says Marcus Dugan of Colts Authority.
This defeat was different -- a blown opportunity against one of the best teams in the NFL, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Like usual the Jaguars couldn’t finish.
Tom Brady didn’t play up to his usual standards against the Jaguars, says Garry Smits of the Times-Union.
Losing teams somehow latch on to bad karma, and that’s what’s been going on with the Jaguars, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.
The Jaguars were inside the Patriots 25-yard line seven times and scored one touchdown, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.
To which I say: That's remarkable ineffectiveness. Hard to accomplish.
Daryl Smith was rusty in his first appearance for the Jaguars after a long layoff with a groin injury, says O’Halloran.
Mike Mularkey had a bat in every player’s lockers when they got to EverBank Field Sunday, says Stellino. “Printed on each bat was the matchup — Jacksonville vs. New England — along with the date and the words, “Violent Physical Relentless.”
The Jaguars showed heart, but came up short, says Dunlevy.
“Trailing 55-0 with 6:25 to play in the fourth quarter, the Titans were in danger of recording the worst loss in franchise history,” writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “But they scored a late touchdown to avoid that distinction, which still belongs to the 2009 team that fell to the Patriots 59-0.”
Jake Locker produced the worst performance of his young career, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Chris Johnson’s got a twisted ankle and bruised pride, says Wyatt.
All that defensive progress the Titans have made in recent weeks went out the window at Lambeau Field, says Glennon.
To which I say: The Titans are not capable of much against a top quarterback.
The Titans never considered benching Locker because offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said the young QB needs to grow through such experiences, says Wyatt.
Bud Adams has to fire Mike Munchak, says Dunlevy.