Reading the coverage…
Arguments for and against the Colts and the Titans making the playoffs, from Clark Judge of CBS Sports.
Andre Johnson now has more catches than any of the great receivers who played all or part of their NFL careers in Texas, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.
Arian Foster is feeling the love in Pro Bowl fan voting, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
Tim Dobbins said a $30,000 fine for his hit on Jay Cutler is too high and he’ll appeal, says the Chronicle.
The lights are coming on for Kareem Jackson and it shows all over the field, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
Andrew Luck takes a lot of shots. At a time when a bunch of quarterbacks have gone down, he knows he’s got to be smart and protect himself, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
Cornerback Vontae Davis (knee) and tight end Coby Fleener (shoulder) won’t play in New England, says Phil Richards of the Star.
Ryan Grigson doesn’t exactly sit still when he’s watching the Colts play, says Phillip B. Wilson in a Q&A with the Indianapolis GM.
“There are things that are very positive going on with him [Blaine Gabbert],” says Mike Mularkey. "He’s a young quarterback still, and he has definitely room to grow. But he is giving an attempt to be a leader that I can see where nobody else is watching.” Vito Stellino’s story from the Florida Times-Union.
The Texans by the numbers, from Ryan O’Halloran.
Though the Jaguars have played far better on the road than at home, Mularkey said the team isn't looking to run from EverBank Field to play, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean thinks there will be opportunity for another team to get into the wild card mix in the AFC, but he doubts whether the Titans can be that team.
To which I say: I am not so sure the Colts come back to the pack, and while the Steelers should, it’s not just the Titans I have doubts about being able to rattle off a win streak to become a contender.
“It's clear by now that Tennessee has talent, but also serious coaching issues. Until they gain some measure of consistency from one game to the next, no one will be able to take them seriously,” says Dunlevy.