RTC: Belichick praises Cecil Shorts

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Who to root for to give your team the best outcome, from Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. The Jaguars are unlikely to catch Kansas City if they are in a tie for the No. 1 draft pick.

Houston Texans

J.J. Watt is fighting a defensive bias in the NFL MVP conversation, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. Says another Texans defensive lineman, Antonio Smith: “Get out of the old, step into the new. Vote J.J. Watt.”

Brooks Reed is slated to return from a three-game layoff with a groin injury, says John McClain of the Chronicle.

Arian Foster has a big fan in Eric Dickerson, says Jerome Solomon.

The Texans will beat Minnesota by playing conservatively and make the Vikings have to score more than they usually do, says Dunlevy.

Indianapolis Colts

Speedster T.Y. Hilton is closing in on one of the most productive seasons for a Colts receiver, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. “I just play freely,” Hilton said.

When Chuck Pagano returns, the Colts will return to normalcy, says Mike Chappell.

If the Colts really are a quality football team, this is a game they'll control from start to finish, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tom Brady won his third Super Bowl in Jacksonville eight years ago, but hasn’t won one since, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Cecil Shorts has caught Bill Belichick’s attention. “He’s one of the best guys we’ve played against this year,” Belichick said, according to Ryan O’Halloran.

The unlikely path the Jaguars would have to follow to score an upset of the Patriots, from Dunlevy.

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker often appears more comfortable throwing on the run than from in the pocket, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean. “It’s a play you’ve run ever since you’ve been playing football,” Matt Hasselbeck said. “No matter what the play is, the routes almost all look the same.”

Chris Johnson talked to a family that lost a child in the Connecticut shootings, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Titans are 0-7 against teams with winning records, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. Green Bay gives Tennessee one last chance to measure itself against a top team.