RTC: Titans in need of major adjustments

September, 17, 2012
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Houston Texans

For the second week in a row the Texans beat a weak sister from Florida, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans did what they were supposed to do: easily handle a middling team. John McClain’s story from the Chronicle.

A 17-play touchdown drive in the third quarter signaled that the Texans had retaken control and weren’t going to be denied, says McClain.

A confident J.J. Watt and the Texans defense performed to their potential, says Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.

The Texans' one-two punch of Arian Foster and Ben Tate worked just like they expect it to, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

Houston’s defense was hardly on the field, says Jeff Elliott of the Chronicle.

The Texans' muddle huddle was a success and strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith got a game ball for having the Texans ready, says Elliott.

Houston’s run game was so good, they hardly had to use stud receiver Andre Johnson, says Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.

Indianapolis Colts

Bob Kravitz’s column off the game in the Indianapolis Star: “Even after the Colts' understandably conservative offense had fallen on hard times throughout the second half, even after all those three-and-outs, coach Chuck Pagano, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and the staff felt comfortable putting it in the hands of a quarterback who turned 23 years old last week. The result: A Colts' last-second 23-20 victory, the first victory of the [Andrew] Luck era.”

Avoiding 0-2 was big for this young team, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

A knee injury to starting center Samson Satele meant Mike McGlynn moved to center and Trai Essex took over at right guard, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Bulletproof Adam Vinatieri saved the day for the Colts, says Phil Richards of the Star.

Kravitz’s report card ranges from A to D.

With this interactive feature from the Star, you can compare Luck to other quarterbacks.

Luck shined in the clutch, says Dunlevy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville was simply manhandled by the Texans, says Ran O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “People will judge us by what they see,” guard Uche Nwaneri said.

The Jaguars’ optimism was washed away with one of the most dismal performances in franchise history, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Blaine Gabbert took a step back before leaving the game with an injury, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.

With Andre Johnson well covered, the Texans simply turned to other weapons, says Garry Smits of the T-U.

Injuries on the offensive line meant a start for left guard Herb Taylor, says Stellino.

Frenette passes out F's to run offense, pass offense and coaching.

This team isn’t deep enough to survive its current injuries, says Luke Sims of Black & Teal.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans need to make some major adjustments, and soon, writes David Climer of The Tennessean. “With their defensive shortcomings, the Titans aren’t going to scratch out any 13-10 victories. They might as well ditch the idea of establishing the run and instead put the ball in (Jake) Locker’s hands and see where that takes them.”

The Titans don’t want to be known for this, but so far they’ve got no traction this season. Jim Wyatt’s game story from The Tennessean.

Tennessee made a third-string tight end, Dante Rosario, look like an all-star, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Sustaining drives was a virtual impossibility for the Titans’ offense, says Glennon.

Poor execution means “the run game ain’t working,” Chris Johnson told Wyatt and Glennon.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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