Reading the coverage…
Pro Football Focus says J.J. Watt, Anthony Castonzo and Pat McAfee all had big weeks.
The last time the Texans got embarrassed, they rebounded by blowing out Baltimore, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
A couple key players who missed the New England game could return for the Colts. Right tackle Derek Newton and tight end Garrett Graham are close to returning, says McClain.
His numbers of late suggest Andrew Luck is wearing down, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star. “It has me hoping the Colts clinch a playoff spot either Sunday at Houston or the next Sunday at Kansas City, so Luck can recharge his battery as much as possible and sit down after a series or two in that Dec. 30th season finale at home against the Texans.”
Running back Donald Brown is out for the season with a knee injury and fullback Robert Hughes is finished too. The Colts have added Deji Karim and Mewelde Moore, says Phil Richards.
Five Colts-Texans storylines, from Wilson.
Russell Allen had a plan as an undrafted free agent for how he would find the best opportunity, and it panned out, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Mike Mularkey got back to work after his hospital visit, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.
Guard Mike Brewster is finished for the season because of his broken left hand, says O’Halloran.
Is 2012 one of the Titans’ five worst seasons? Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean shares his list.
Chris Johnson is a big fan of Adrian Peterson, says Wyatt.
Titans rookie tight end Taylor Thompson could evolve into a perfect special teams player, writes David Boclair of Nashville City Paper.