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The Texans have a bad draw in the streaking Bengals, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. Andre Johnson said Cincinnati’s defense is “probably the most talented we’ve faced this season.”
The defense has been allowing deadly, long touchdown passes, says John McClain of the Chronicle.
J.J. Watt says the Texans have boxed up all the negativity and trashed it, writes Brian T. Smith of the Chronicle.
To which I say: It’s one thing to talk about forgetting the past. But on some psychological level I think doubt has crept in. Will that undo the Texans?
Daryl Sharpton’s hip landed him on IR and Mister Alexander is back on the roster, says Robertson.
What you need to know about Bengals-Texans, from ESPN Stats & Information.
Early returns say the Texans’ 2012 draft was average, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
There are storylines galore for Colts-Ravens. Phillip B. Wilson runs through several, including: Chuck Pagano against his old team, the sputtering Ravens and the hot Colts and Jim Caldwell as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator.
Little rookie T.Y. Hilton continually came up big for the Colts, says Phil Richards of the Star.
How did the Colts keep Watt from sacking Andrew Luck? More effective double teams, Luck keeping plays alive and better play from Mike McGlynn, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan appears to be leaning young instead of the retread route as he pursues general manager candidates, writes Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.
To which I say: A good point in here about the pace. Khan needs to get the new guy in place so he can decide on Mike Mularkey, and if he makes a move away from Mularkey the new guy can’t be behind the rest of the teams hiring coaches and staffs.
Khan’s done a great deal of flying since the Jaguars' loss in Nashville Sunday, says O’Halloran.
The Jaguars' 2012 season by the numbers, from O’Halloran. Opponents sacked Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne 50 times. It’s the highest total since 2001 and the third-most in the league this year.
The Jaguars “simply did not have the talent to compete on a regular basis with other NFL teams,” says Dunlevy. “They were outscored by 189 points on the year, the second-largest disparity in the league.”
Kenny Britt has an offseason to get his knees healthy, work with his quarterback and get back to form after a tough season, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
To which I say: Britt will also be playing for a contract, which should serve as extra motivation. I suspect it will be his last year with the Titans.
Jared Cook and Rob Bironas are heading to free agency and don’t know what will happen, says John Glennon of The Tennessean. Also, Jake Locker has shoulder surgery scheduled and Steve Hutchinson could consider retirement.