Reading the coverage ...
Stars have shined to get the Texans to 10-1, but there has also been a roster of unsung heroes like Donnie Jones, Justin Forsett and James Casey, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.
John McClain of the Chronicle runs through five keys for the Texans against the Titans, with an emphasis on defensive depth and defensive performance.
Brian Cushing is unsure about the idea of eliminating blocks below the waist, says Ganguli. He suffered a season-ending knee injury on such a block, but he knows the Texans' offense is keyed on cut blocking.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star sees Calvin Johnson against Reggie Wayne as Megatron versus Metronome.
The next test of depth comes at defensive tackle and safety where Fili Moala and Tom Zbikowski are out, says Chappell.
Mike Harris is an improving rookie cornerback who’s getting a lot of opportunity, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “He’s been confident the whole time and knows the system inside and out,” safety Dawan Landry said.
Gene Frenette of the Times-Union marvels at how Mike Mularkey has kept the Jaguars positive during a bad season.
The Jaguars promoted running back Richard Murphy from the practice squad and waived fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou, says O’Halloran.
Like a number of Titans, Chris Johnson is optimistic about what Dowel Loggains will be able to do as offensive coordinator, says Jim Wyatt. Also, Tim Shaw will fill in for the injured Colin McCarthy at middle linebacker.
Fullback Collin Mooney was promoted from the practice squad, says Wyatt.