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The Texans are ready to move forward without Matt Schaub, who’s out of the lineup for the first time since 2008, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “[Matt] Leinart, who hasn’t started a game since 2009 when he still played for Arizona, inherits a team with a 7-3 record, a four-game winning streak and a two-game lead in the AFC South. They also are tied for the best record in the AFC going into Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.”
On the remaining schedule, the Texans could face four rookie quarterbacks, says McClain. That lines up nicely for the NFL’s No. 1 defense.
Pat McAfee’s been one of the Colts’ few bright spots. The punter and kickoff man refined a lot of techniques working with his personal kicking coach during the lockout, writes Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.
Rebuilding doesn’t take long in the NFL, and it’s all about the quarterback, says Nate Dunleavy of 18to88.com.
Jim Irsay tweeted about the quarterbacks at the top of the 2012 draft class.
Blaine Gabbert let his big moment flutter away, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union. “Quarterbacks young and old are judged mostly on one thing: Did they make plays to win with games on the line? Gabbert is still learning how to do that.” I can appreciate trying to get Gabbert his moment. But I still feel Maurice Jones-Drew has to get the ball on the last play of the game.
The game story from Vito Stellino of the T-U includes comments from offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter on the play selection on the final series.
The Browns gained too many yards, says Tania Ganguli of the T-U. Jack Del Rio said the tackling and execution was not as crisp as it needed to be.
Frenette’s report card.
Jake Locker provided a spark in the loss in Atlanta, but the Titans will be sticking with Matt Hasselbeck provided his elbow is OK, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. I think it's too soon to make a change, and Hasselbeck has earned the job security the Titans are giving him.
The Titans needed one stop at the end to get a chance to win it, but like most of the game, they just couldn’t get it writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Mike Munchak isn’t changing quarterbacks, but David Climer of The Tennessean wonders if it wouldn’t be the right move to change course at 5-5.
The receivers liked what they saw from Locker, but hardly endorsed a controversy, says Glennon.
A week after a big game, Chris Johnson was back to being a non-factor, says Wyatt.
Wyatt’s report card.