Reading the coverage…
Grades for every team from Will Brinson of Eye on Football.
Gary Kubiak has plenty of reasons for concern after the Texans spent seven minutes looking like a superpower and 53 minutes looking like Canada, says Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle.
J.J. Watt led the charge against rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
“Man, we didn’t even play that good and won by 20 points,” receiver Andre Johnson said. “It’s crazy.” Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle has more on the Texans not gambling because it wasn’t necessary.
Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith said Miami guard Richie Incognito was “a dirty player being let to play dirty.” Strong words. “Everything that’s illegal that can be done on the football field he does it, but mainly he was hitting people after the play, sliding down on your leg grabbing your ankle and trying to twist to break your ankle and he was doing it right in front of the referees and he was still in the game.” Nick Matthews of the Chronicle shares the story.
Converting some of Jonathan Joseph’s base salary to bonus created the cap room the Texans needed to fit the extension for Matt Schaub, says John McClain of the Chron.
Solomon loves the extension for Schaub. “But by not making some sort of commitment, the Texans risked having one of their most important players thinking the team doesn’t believe in him. I don’t care how professional one is, a perceived lack of love can drive one crazy.”
Owner Bob McNair liked what he saw, Tim Jamison also got an extension and other notes from Dale Robertson of the Chron.
Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, quoting Bruce Springsteen. Andrew Luck is a fan of the Boss, so it’s appropriate following a tough start against the Bears. “This, though, is going to be a process -- at times, a slow, painful process. For the Colts and for Luck, and for Colts fans who need to maintain a sober sense of perspective about this undertaking. Patience isn't just a virtue, it's a necessity.”
Given their youth and inexperience, the Colts have virtually no margin for error, says Mike Chappell of the Star.
The Colts’ revamped defense actually got off to a good start before crashing, says Phillip B. Wilson.
Reggie Wayne provided major security for Luck, says Wilson.
The Colts weren’t the same after Dwight Freeney hobbled off with an ankle injury, says Wilson.
Luck didn’t have a bad game, says Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports, he has a bad team. “But he's not good enough to turn this collection of chicken crap into chicken salad, so the Colts will not be appearing in the playoffs or even winning half their games. Not with those receivers, that running game, that offensive line. (To say nothing of the defense. Yeesh.)”
That rough debut for Luck is not a cause for concern, says Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue.
The Jaguars made the mistake of thinking the game was over in Minnesota when they pulled ahead with 14 seconds left, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. It’s hard to fathom that the Jaguars found a way to lose this one.
What should have been the greatest moment of Blaine Gabbert’s career dissolved in gut-wrenching fashion, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.
The Jaguars couldn’t ease Maurice Jones-Drew back in after Rashad Jennings got hurt, says Ryan O’Halloran of the T-U.
Mike Mularkey wasn’t second-guessing himself over a couple key decisions that might have changed the game if he went the other way, says Stellino.
Mel Tucker’s defense let the Jaguars down at the most inopportune time, says Frenette.
Frenette’s report card.
“In the end, the Jaguars were just too banged up to come up with the crucial plays they needed to bring home the win,” says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. “They forced just two sacks and one fumble on the day.”
At least the Titans can start building around Jake Locker now. That’s something, right? David Climer of the Tennessean shares his thoughts. I don’t think Locker was as good as he gets credit for here.
“This is not us,” Titans safety Michael Griffin said after the blowout by the Patriots. “They are a good football team. I am not going to take that away — they went to the Super Bowl last year. It’s Tom Brady and the Patriots, what more can you say? But we’re better than this. We’re a better team than what we showed.” Jim Wyatt’s game story from The Tennessean.
It was a brutal start for a defense looking to make dramatic improvements, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Things are getting worse, not better, for Chris Johnson, who had the worst game of his career, says Glennon.
The Titans were frustrated by things not called properly by the replacement officials, say Wyatt and Glennon.
The Titans get two Fs and two Ds from Wyatt in his report card.
Looking at Johnson’s awful day with John Manasso of Fox Tennessee.
This loss was a study in humanity, says David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper.