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A ranking of offensive line performance for the entire league, from Phil Gaskin of The Pulling Lineman.
The Texans are counting on Reliant Stadium to provide a big advantage for them Saturday, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
To which I say: Wouldn’t it have been nice if they were counting on it next week and the week after that? Have you heard they blew three chances to get that?
What happens in the postseason will define Matt Schaub’s legacy, says Jerome Solomon.
Tim Dobbins will be a game-time decision, and if ankle and shoulder injuries keep him out, Barrett Ruud will be a starter at inside linebacker against the Bengals, says Dale Robertson.
Coach Gary Kubiak wants to see reckless abandon from his team on Saturday, not a fear of making mistakes, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
Robertson remembers the Oilers’ collapse in Buffalo.
J.J. Watt is Pro Football Focus defensive player of the year.
Johnathan Joseph against A.J. Green is a giant matchup in Sunday’s game, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
Jerrell Freeman, not Ray Lewis, will be the best inside linebacker on the field Sunday in Baltimore, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.
The Colts gave the Bears permission to interview Bruce Arians for their head-coaching job, says the AP.
To which I say: Arians could do some good work with Jay Cutler. I wonder who he’ll pitch as his defensive coordinator.
The understated Jim Caldwell is downplaying his role calling the offensive plays for the Ravens against a team he was head coach of a year ago, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
Dwight Freeney is coming off his best game and finishing strong, writes Mike Chappell.
Potential was all over the place for these Colts back in the spring, writes Chappell. Rookies have accounted for 3,108 yards. "That's the most by a team's rookie class since the 1970 NFL merger. The previous high: 2,751 yards by the 1999 Edgerrin James-led Colts."
Shad Khan isn’t expected to hire a new general manager until next week at the earliest, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Marc Ross of the Giants has emerged as another candidate.
“For now, we wait and speculate," writes John Oehser of Jaguars.com. "As we do, we’ll spend the coming days taking a look back at the 2012 season, and try to take a look forward to 2013. Of course, these plans blow up immediately when Khan picks a general manager who will shape the franchise for the foreseeable future."
Poor gamesmanship in the draft is one thing we learned the Jaguars can improve upon from the Gene Smith era, says Adam Stites of Big Cat Country.
To which I say: It's a good point that a guy who was all about the draft was OK giving picks up to move up, but didn't move back to accumulate choices.
Are the Titans starting to morph into the dysfunctional Raiders? David Climer of The Tennessean explores.
To which I say: Bud Adams is eccentric, but he’s not the de facto general manager of his team. The Titans aren’t close to the Raiders at their worst.
Cornerback Alterraun Verner says the Titans need more killer instinct, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
The Titans get a B-plus from Dunlevy for their 2012 draft.