RTC: Colts exceeding expectations

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Midseason grades from USA Today: Houston A, Colts B+, Titans D, Jaguars F.

Houston Texans

Say John McClain of the Houston Chronicle: “Now I think the Texans will finish 12-4, possibly even 13-3. If they are fortunate enough to earn home-field advantage, I can see them reaching the Super Bowl.”

Receiver Jordan Shipley was part of the group the Texans tried out on Tuesday, says McClain.

Assessing the state of the Texans' special teams and discussing what can be done to make things better, with Stephanie Stradley of the Chronicle blog.

Indianapolis Colts

Which passer will the Colts face and how will they slow Cameron Wake, asks Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.

Sunday’s game is sold out and will be televised in the Indianapolis area, says Phil Richards of the Star.

These Colts are exceeding the expectations of Pete Prisco from CBS Sports.

The Colts are not real contenders, mostly because of their defense, says Herm Edwards of ESPN.

Where things stand for the Colts heading into Week 9, from Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Andrew Luck is at his best with the game on the line, says Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue.

Jacksonville Jaguars

“The decision to trade (Mike) Thomas is another sign that with the team at 1-6, the Jaguars are looking to build for the future by getting more draft picks,” says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

A breakdown of playing time in the Green Bay game from O’Halloran.

Where things stand for the Jaguars heading into Week 9, from Dunlevy.

A peek ahead at some draft possibilities for the Jaguars at two big positions of need, from Zain Gowani at Black and Teal.

Tennessee Titans

Five plays that define the Titans' season, from John Glennon of The Tennessean. The plays that injured Colin McCarthy and Jake Locker make the list.

The Titans cut safety Tracy Wilson, and are expected to sign guard Kyle DeVan, says Glennon. DeVan would be extra interior line insurance after guard Leroy Harris left the Colts’ game with a knee injury.

Zach Brown played in the nickel while Akeem Ayers saw more time as a pass-rushing end, says Glennon.

“Even if everything breaks perfectly for the Titans, it's hard to find more than four wins, five at the most, on the schedule,” says Dunlevy in a halfway report.