Reading the coverage...
The Texans-Bears game can serve as a Super Bowl setup, says Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle. “This gives the Texans an opportunity to accomplish something they haven’t done this season: win a game headline writers could legitimately call an upset.”
Of the AFC’s top six teams, the Texans have the toughest remaining schedule, says John McClain of the Chronicle.
Daryl Sharpton returns to practice today, and the team has a three week window to decide if the inside linebacker can help them, says McClain.
To which I say: If he is healthy and can stay healthy, I think he could help, at least situationally, inside. The guy is a good football player.
Colts players and coaches aren’t big fans of the quick turnaround to a Thursday night game like the one they’ll play in Jacksonville, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
To which I say: There is a potential positive on the other side. Win the Thursday night game, and you get a mini-bye and things aren’t so bad.
If the playoffs started right now, the Colts would line up with Denver for an Andrew Luck-Peyton Manning showdown, says Phil Richards of the Star. Oh, the ratings.
The optimistic timetable for Chuck Pagano would put him back on the sidelines with his team on Dec. 30, writes Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.
Mike Mularkey said his Jaguars were not as intense as he wanted them to be in their loss to Detroit, writes Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Mularkey is leaning on his support group and finding ways to stay positive amid the lousy season,writes Vito Stellino of the T-U.
That dramatic win over the Colts back in September is nothing more than a mirage at this point, says Gene Frenette of the T-U. "We're definitely stunned and shocked about [losing five consecutive games]," guard Uche Nwaneri said. "Yeah, it's crazy. I don't think any of us anticipated the season we're having."
To which I say: At the time, it seemed like that game would be the start of something. It didn’t turn into anything like that. Now it qualifies, mostly, as the Colts’ primary regret.
The Titans and Mike Munchak responded to Bud Adams’ comments to The Tennessean. Said Munchak: “Obviously Mr. Adams is very much entitled to his opinion, and I probably would have said the same thing if I were him,” Munchak said on Monday. “This is his team. He expects us to play well, especially at home. That is our job. That is my job to make sure we are out there playing our best and winning games at home. And we didn’t do that and we didn’t play well and I would be upset too if I were him.” Jim Wyatt’s story.
Adams’ call-out of the Titans scared the team’s coaches, says Mike Freeman of CBS Sports.
To which I say: Sounds like a bit of a naïve group if guys weren’t worried about job security until the owner spoke out.
Practice will determine if this is the week for Jake Locker’s return, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.