Reading the coverage…
The Texans might have lost their mojo, but history shows you can get it back, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans might win this game, but they aren’t going to the Super Bowl, says Randy Harvey of the Chronicle.
“This is Texans country, and my painstaking research shows the Texans don't lose home playoff games. Ever,” writes Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle. “They lost the last three games of the regular season a year ago then rolled Cincinnati 31-10 in the playoffs. So book this one. Texans will handle the Bengals on Saturday.”
Matt Schaub’s ready, finally, for his playoff debut, writes Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “I think Matt knows exactly what he needs to do right, and we’ve told him that and I’ll just leave it at that,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “He needs to sharpen his game, and everybody needs to.”
The Texans need pass-catchers other than Andre Johnson to show up and produce, says John McClain of the Chronicle.
Arian Foster is at his best when the Texans need him the most, says Ganguli.
Tim Dobbins is on injured reserve and Barrett Ruud will be a starter at inside linebacker against the Bengals, says Ganguli. The Texans activated linebacker Cameron Collins from the practice squad.
A guide to the game from McClain.
A “Know Your Enemy” scouting report on the Bengals from Lance Zierlein of the Chronicle blog.
Vick Ballard has steadily gotten better and earned the Colts’ trust, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.
Baltimore might be over the Colts’ move to Indianapolis, but Phillip B. Wilson of the Star writes the city might never forgive the late Robert Irsay for orchestrating it.
The Eagles have joined the Bears as suitors for Bruce Arians as their next head coach, says Mike Chappell.
Former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett looked at film for the Star and offers his thoughts on what will unfold tomorrow in Baltimore.
Mike Mularkey told his assistant coaches they are free to look for other jobs, which doesn’t bode well for the future of the current staff in Jacksonville, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
“The last thing (Shad) Khan needs in hiring a GM, especially one pursued by other teams, is handcuffing him to a coach he might not want,” says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.
Kamerion Wimbley knows he didn’t meet expectations and intends to work diligently to be more productive next season, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
It was a disappointing second season for defensive tackle Karl Klug, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.