Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
“After blowing a chance to force overtime on their last possession for the third time this season, the Texans need to call a mechanic to do a tune-up. The Texans cough and sputter like some jalopy that can’t run smoothly for 60 minutes without breaking down,” writes John McClain.
Few teams could self-destruct the way the Texans did Sunday afternoon and still have a chance to defeat one of the NFL's two unbeaten teams, writes Richard Justice.
Bernard Pollard shined in a homecoming game, say McClain and Jeffrey Martin.
“I just missed it,” Kris Brown said of the 42-yard field goal that would have forced overtime. McClain’s story.
Dunta Robinson said it was the toughest loss he’s suffered as a Texan, says Justice.
The Texans are still chasing the lead horse, says Steve Wyche.
Gary Kubiak thought holding the Colts to 20 points should have been good enough, says Martin.
McClain’s report card.
The Colts got to 8-0 as the Texans missed a last-second field goal, writes Phil Richards.
Dallas Clark got his career-high 14 catches in part because the Texans didn’t adjust, say Philip B. Wilson and Mike Chappell.
Those 14 catches for Clark were a franchise record, says Tom James.
Gary Brackett and Clint Session collaborated on a key take-away, says Chappell.
John Clayton considers the Colts’ furious pace early on.
Bob Kravitz’s report card.
Forty passes in the first half were part of an imperfect day for the Colts, writes Wilson.
John Oehser’s always thorough “Coffee with the Colts.”
Mike Silver walks us through the rough spots of a gritty win.
In his anatomy of a nail-biter, Deshawn Zombie has a major beef with a couple Colts punts.
The 1975 Baltimore Colts were part of the day, says Mike Chappell.
Manning is the first quarterback to throw for 40,000 yards in a decade.
The Colts turned up the tempo to stay unbeaten, says Dan Graziano.
The Jaguars hung on for a win over the Chiefs, writes Michael C. Wright.
Forget style points, this was an old-fashioned Jaguars win, says Gene Frenette.
Mike Sims-Walker had a big day, and his 147 receiving yards were the most for a Jaguars receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2000, says Vito Stellino.
Two of Sims-Walker’s big players were easy gains, says John Baker.
The Jaguars surprised the Chiefs with a switch back to a 4-3 defense, says Stellino.
The switch back to 4-3 is the right way to go, says Vic Ketchman.
Rookies played a key role, says Wright.
Chris Chambers made an immediate impact for the Chiefs, says Garry Smits.
Kansas City’s successful onside kick made for nervous moments, says Jeff Elliott.
Frenette’s report card.
At 4-4, Jack Del Rio is still thinking playoffs, says Cole Pepper.
“There’s only so much bouncing back you can do before there’s no more bouncing to do,” cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “It’s something to hang your hat on, to know that we’re going to fight, but at the same time we have to learn to be consistent.” Matt Loede’s story.
While 2-6 is nothing to brag about, the Titans sure seem to be heading in the right direction, writes Jim Wyatt.
A more aggressive defense is getting its groove back, says John Glennon.
Justin Gage’s big day included two giant catches, writes Glennon.
Chris Johnson’s 81-yard touchdown run was undone by replay, which showed he stepped out of bounds, say Wyatt and Glennon. Johnson and the Titans were sure his heel didn’t touch the boundary.
Glennon’s four downs.
Wyatt’s report card gives B's and better.
Leroy Harris filled in well at right tackle, says Terry McCormick.
The drops have stopped since Vince Young took over, blogs Wyatt.
Gerald McRath talks about his first start, courtesy of Titans Radio.