Reading the coverage ...
Is the Texans' defense the one that smothered the Bears in Chicago, or the one that gave up a ton of passing yards in wins over Jacksonville and at Detroit? John McClain of the Houston Chronicle explores the question.
To which I say: They are 10-1 and in great shape, but as I wrote from the Lions’ game, they’ve got to fix things on defense to get where they want to go.
“Their exhilaration trumps their exhaustion and their euphoria offers a counterbalance to another wave of injuries, although learning Friday they’ve lost outside linebacker Brooks Reed for at least three to four weeks to a groin injury was sobering news,” says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.
Bruce Arians sees an easy fix to Andrew Luck’s interceptions. “Arians sees technical errors largely leading to the interceptions. It's been bad footwork, delivering the ball with faulty mechanics, throwing while sliding in the pocket to avoid pressure,” writes Mike Chappell.
To which I say: Playing against lesser defensive schemes that don’t have Bill Belichick pulling the strings will also help.
Arians believes the Bills will play a do-or-die game, so the Colts have to be ready to match it, says Chappell.
“Entering Sunday’s game against Tennessee, the Jaguars’ 12 sacks are 31st in the NFL, ahead of only Oakland (11),” says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
To which I say: An inability to get the quarterback down is a longstanding problem for this team, and its inability to fix it should cost some people their jobs.
Paul Posluszny talks about film study, then looks at some with Jeff Lageman at Jaguars.com. (Video.)
Titans nickelback Coty Sensabaugh will line up against Justin Blackmon some in a big matchup in Titans-Jaguars, says Jim Wyatt in his game preview.
Tennessee’s defense has been better early in games the past couple weeks after giving up too much too soon in the first half of the year, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
The Titans promoted Darren Evans from the practice squad as insurance for Jamie Harper, who’s been slowed by an ankle injury all week, says Wyatt.