Reading the coverage…
Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle looks at what sort of alterations come with a left-handed quarterback, Matt Leinart, taking over for the Texans.
Writes Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star of the Colts' decision to stick with Curtis Painter: “For the second time in three years, the Colts' powers-that-be have abandoned this team, first by taking away a chance to have a perfect season, and now by placing them in the crosshairs of an ignominiously imperfect season.” A harsh piece with a lot of truth in it.
The Jaguars’ best chance at an upset of Houston should come from the defense. But Vito Stellino of the Times-Union writes the Jaguars will likely be without five starters, including both cornerbacks. Rashean Mathis is out for the season and now Derek Cox is hurting.
Matt Hasselbeck says his elbow/forearm injury is no longer an issue after a full practice Thursday when he threw fine, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. If the Titans are making any sort of playoff push, it’s got to start against Tampa Bay and Hasselbeck has to be a centerpiece.