Reading the coverage: Texans reporter apologizes for preseason hype
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Opening day included some surprises, and at 1-0 the Titans sit atop the division for the first week.
Here's what they're saying in Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Nashville.
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- In a game to be decided by muscle or will, the Texans didn't win in either, writes Richard Justice. "I was really expecting not to have this feeling ever again," Chester Pitts said. "I'm embarrassed."
- Andre Johnson struck the same chord with Megan Manfull as Matt Schaub lamented his two interceptions.
- So much for the emphasis on slowing the run, says John McClain.
- Duane Brown wasn't happy with his first game, he says at the top of the Chronicle's notebook.
- McClain apologizes for some of his preseason hype and breaks down his biggest concerns.
- The Colts and Peyton Manning were out of synch in the loss to the Bears, writes Mike Chappell.
- The Colts just didn't look right, says Bob Kravitz.
- Marvin Harrison's fumble and a curious fourth-and-1 call were keys to the Colts' undoing, according to Phil Richards.
- Rookie Matt Forte shredded the Colts. "We missed a lot of tackles," Raheem Brock said. "We missed a lot of assignments."
- Roger Goodell was at the first regular-season game at Lucas Oil Stadium. He gave a great review and also talked about seriously considering an 18-game regular season.
- Amid the good reviews, a few complaints at LOS.
- An opening day loss to Tennessee had a Groundhog Day quality to it, writes Vito Stellino. Tennessee's seven sacks played a huge role. "I just felt like I was getting pressured a little bit too much," David Garrard said. "I'm not trying to knock my O-line or nothing, but they have some animals on their defensive line."
- Gene Frenette's report card includes an F for rushing offense.
- Offensive line issues will be a big topic this week as the Jaguars assess three injuries, according to Michael C. Wright.
- Matt Jones showed good signs, according to Wright.
- Undrafted rookie Brian Witherspoon was electric as the return man, and he tops the Times-Union's notebook.
- Cole Pepper looks at the Jaguars' start as an optimist and as a pessimist.
- Vince Young's sideline drama took some attention away from an impressive win, reports Jim Wyatt.
- If Young was having hamstring troubles, why weren't medical personnel tending to him? The sulking needs to stop, opines David Climer.
- Even with a concussion that left his memory hazy, Albert Haynesworth was dominant, writes Jessica Hopp.
- Yahoo's Jason Cole was unimpressed with Young.
- Cortland Finnegan's two interceptions were a big part of a huge defensive effort.
- Chris Johnson had an impressive debut, says Gary Estwick.
- A four-part breakdown of the game by Joe Biddle.