Reading the coverage …
“The Texans’ identity is much in question after two losses in the last three games, when they’ve hardly been the team that produced an AFC-high eight Pro Bowlers,” writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. “The offense has stopped scoring, managing just four touchdowns of consequence over the past 14 quarters. The defense — save for (J.J.) Watt — has been, at best, inconsistent and, at worst, in disarray.”
A team-record eight Texans are Pro Bowlers, says John McClain of the Chronicle.
According to Andre Johnson, Houston was a team Reggie Wayne considered in free agency before re-signing with Indy, says Tania Ganguli.
To which I say: Wayne has said he seriously considered a team Colts fans wouldn’t have liked, but steadfastly said he’d never tell who it was. Did his friend let the cat out of the bag?
Chuck Pagano and the Colts don’t plan on easing up Sunday though the game can’t impact their playoff seeding, according to the Chronicle.
Pagano and the Colts have already won this season, says Randy Harvey of the Chronicle.
Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis are AFC Pro Bowlers, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
The Colts Women’s Organization helped Nicole Pechanec, Andrew Luck’s girlfriend, find her place in Indianapolis, says Cathy Kightlinger of the Star.
Matt Schaub is the better player on the better team and deserves his Pro Bowl spot ahead of Andrew Luck, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
To which I say: Chappell reports Luck is the first alternate. One of the three guys ahead of him will likely be in the Super Bowl, opening the door for Luck to be on the team.
Will Sunday be the final game in their current roles for Mike Munchak or Mike Mularkey? Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union looks at two guys with questionable job security.
The Jaguars will set franchise records for fewest rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns and face uncertainty at running back heading into the offseason, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.
To which I say: It’s the sort of thing that happens when your top guy, Maurice Jones-Drew, misses nine or 10 games. Heading into the final year of his deal and following a 2012 holdout, will MJD be back?
Justin Blackmon is the only receiver from the opening day roster still on the team’s active roster, says O’Halloran.
Tim Tebow in Jacksonville would sell some tickets but fail to solve the team’s quarterback problem, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
The Titans want Jake Locker to play better, but also can’t tell how much outside factors like all the losses on the offensive line have affected his ability to perform, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
For the second consecutive year, the Titans have no Pro Bowlers, says Wyatt.
The Titans are close, Locker says. (Video.)
Guard Mitch Petrus was in a cab that was in a car accident the night before the Green Bay game, but still started, says Wyatt.