Reading the coverage…
The Texans felt a lot of people doubted them after the loss to Green Bay, but they responded with a statement win as they clobbered the Ravens, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
After three bad series, Andre Johnson rallied the troops on the sideline, urged everyone to stay calm, and saw good results, says Dale Robertson.
The defense kick started the big win with a furious series that produced a sack of Joe Flacco for a safety by Connor Barwin and a pick-six from Johnathan Joseph, says Randy Harvey of the Chron.
To which I say: It was a big spark. But at Reliant Stadium it felt like if that hadn’t happened, something else would have. The Texans were just the better team, and something was going to happen to get them started.
With each win, expectations and hopes soar for the Texans, says Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.
The Texans will need no one’s help to get where they want to go, says Ganguli.
Lots of good marks in McClain’s grades.
This was the burial of the Ravens as we know them, says Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com.
To which I say: They aren't the same team anymore. But it's not going to show the same way in the next two games with lesser matchups at Cleveland and against Oakland.
The Texans reasserted their dominance with the handling of Baltimore, says Don Banks of SI.com.
The Colts found the five or six plays they needed to beat the Browns, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
This team feels just fine about winning ugly, which is what it took for them to get past the Browns on Sunday, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. Indy caught some major breaks along the way, too. It was also the first week all season that the Colts played the same offensive line as the week before.
To which I say: I absolutely love the detail at the end of this piece about Joe Lefeged stepping in as a punt gunner to replace a gassed Lavon Brazill when the Colts had to re-punt after a penalty.
If ever the Colts were going to get the run game going, this was going to be the game, says Michael Pointer of the Star.
Chuck Pagano was released from the hospital and watched the win over the Browns from home, says Mike Chappell.
Kravitz gives out a lot of good grades in this report card.
Josh Gordon took the blame for the Browns’ loss based on his late drop of a touchdown pass, says Phillip B. Wilson.
The Colts did just enough to win, says Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan.
There was bolder coaching, good days for the running backs and a tough afternoon for Jerraud Powers, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
It went from bad to worse for the Jaguars with their overtime loss in Oakland on Sunday, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “The Jaguars added blowing a double-digit advantage to their ever-growing file of Ways To Lose.”
The Jaguars have a strange affinity for special kinds of misery, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.
To which I say: Jeremy Mincey’s talking about never accepting being a loser. But if you simply don’t have the talent or resolve to win, how do you help but come to terms with it at some point? Coach Mike Mularkey said the Jags were “inept” offensively. Not reassuring, because what’s going to change it at this point.
The Jaguars await further details about the injuries to Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbert, says Stellino.
Chad Henne had bad protection and a bad performance as he relieved Gabbert, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.
Frenette’s report card.
Among the things John Oehser of the team website learned out of the loss, the run game really needs the pass game.
If the Jaguars are without Gabbert for any significant stretch, they could wind up with the worst record in football, says Dunlevy.
When they can stay in a game, they find a way to win it, which is what the Titans did against the Bills in Buffalo, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Given where the Titans were just a couple weeks ago, “there is reason for cautious optimism,” writes David Climer of The Tennessean. “If nothing else, the Titans have shown resilience.”
To which I say: The AFC’s down which helps keep the Titans up. Only three teams in the whole conference have more wins than Tennessee.
Chris Johnson’s giant game harkened back to his best days, says John Glennon of The Tennessean. The context needs mention: The Bills' run defense is horrific.
In the eyes of Mike Munchak, the winning Matt Hasselbeck to Nate Washington TD was a money throw and a money catch, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.
It’s good marks for the offense, bad ones for the D in Wyatt’s report card.