Reading the coverage: Opening night edition
September, 10, 2009
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
At long last, opening night. Here's your mandatory reading for the day.
- Sunday reunites old USC pals Brian Cushing and Mark Sanchez, writes John McClain.
- Andre Johnson thinks Super Bowl all the time, says Richard Justice.
- Kevin Walter and Eugene Wilson did not practice Wednesday, according to McClain.
- Matt Schaub says he’s ready to go, says McClain.
- The Texans will try to force Sanchez to win it with his arm, says Alan Burge.
- Five things that need to happen for the Texans to win the AFC South, from Burge.
- People are picking the Texans, including Richard Justice.
- The Colts are in a familiar wait-and-see pattern with Bob Sanders as he rehabs his right knee, says Mike Chappell.
- Tyjuan Hagler is focused on staying healthy, writes Phil Richards.
- Anthony Gonzalez is not looking to replace Marvin Harrison, says Chappell.
- Austin Collie will start off as the No. 3 receiver, writes John Oehser.
- Amid all the changes, Peyton Manning is focused on the now, says Oehser.
- Chappell takes questions and Dominic Rhodes and Marcus Howard are popular subjects.
- Some people are throwing around 4,000-yard, 30-touchdown predictions for quarterbacks too easily, says Deshawn Zombie.
- Manning has good history against the Jaguars, who need to disrupt his timing, says Vito Stellino.
- Maurice Jones-Drew returned to practice, says Michael C. Wright.
- There are three problems heading into the season from the perspective of Jay Gray.
- Pete Prisco doesn’t think Jones-Drew will live up to the hype because of offensive line and defensive issues.
- Expect constant roster tinkering, says Vic Ketchman of jaguars.com.
- A breakdown of Derek Cox, from Collin Streetman.
- Kerry Collins is a low-key player in the spotlight again, says Jeff Chadiha.
- The Titans' interior defensive linemen who are replacing Albert Haynesworth are ready to get on with it, writes Jim Wyatt.
- Mike Silver looks at how Jeff Fisher’s dealt with Steve McNair’s death.
- Nate Washington makes Clark Judge’s list of players who will breakout.
- This is a throwback game, says Mike Tanier.
- The 2006 Steelers give the 2009 Steelers a good lesson in following up a championship, writes Ed Bouchette.
- A trust has been established for the family of former Titans defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona, who was killed recently in a car accident.
- The Titans won’t be thinking about redeeming themselves for a failed playoff appearance last year when things kickoff Thursday night, says Terry McCormick.
- “It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be intense,” said Washington of the atmosphere at Heinz Field. McCormick’s story.
- Titans tickets rank among the league’s cheapest.
- Collins has a good track record against the Steelers, writes Wyatt.
- Don’t expect Jared Cook to play, says Wyatt.
- Titans Radio previews the big game. (Audio.)
- The abrupt end to 2008 provides motivation for 2009, writes David Climer.