Reading the coverage: Unknowns produce

December, 7, 2009
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Houston Texans

Gary Kubiak’s pink slip should come as a result of “over and over, through his nearly four years as their head coach, the Texans have made game-losing mistakes and failed to make game-winning plays,” says Jerome Solomon.

Matt Schaub showed toughness in returning to action after a shoulder injury, says John McClain.

Jacoby Jones will be fined for being late and then being told not to make the trip to Jacksonville, say Dale Robertson and McClain.

Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars ate up the clock when they needed to, says McClain.

A gadget play featuring Chris Brown short-circuited at a key moment, says Dale Robertson. What a horrific call.

McClain’s report card.

The Texans are playing out the string again, says Richard Justice.

No miracles for these Texans, writes Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts tied the record for consecutive regular-season wins with their 21st, says Mike Chappell.

Indy made some big stops at the goal line, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Joseph Addai made big plays and scored twice, says Curt Cavin.

Pierre Garcon’s become an alternate go-to guy, says Chappell and Wilson.

Bob Kravitz’ report card.

Whether they win the Super Bowl or not, what the Colts are doing is extraordinary, says John Oehser.

“The Colts are a more mature, more complete, more talented team than the Titans,” says 18to88.com.

A fast start was key for the Colts, says Mark Maske.

The Colts won’t be looking ahead, says Greg Doyel.

The Colts win like clockwork, says Kevin Baxter.

A look at fourth-down defense from Larry Hawley.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Defense and no names keyed a big win for Jacksonville, writes Michael C. Wright.

Killing the clock was crucial for Jones-Drew, says Wright.

The NFL can’t ignore the Jaguars any longer, says Gene Frenette.

Nate Hughes and Zach Miller chipped in with big plays, says Vito Stellino.

Quentin Groves learned something in film study that helped create the play that knocked Matt Schaub out of the game, says Stellino.

The Texans chose the wrong option, says Jeff Elliott.

The report card from Frenette.

Fate is favoring the Jaguars, says Vic Ketchman.

Unknowns made plays for the Jaguars, says Cole Pepper.

Tennessee Titans

So much for that improbable 10-game winning streak to close out the season, says Jim Wyatt.

Vince Young wasn’t able to keep the streak alive, says Gary Estwick.

Four observations from David Climer.

He topped 100, but the Colts still contained Chris Johnson, say Wyatt and Climer.

Wyatt’s report card.

An early field goal was the wrong call, says Climer.

Peyton Manning is still in a different league, says Joe Biddle.

Nate Washington’s drop was a killer, writes Wyatt.

Tony Brown’s personal-foul penalty hurt, says Terry McCormick.

A look at the long-shot playoff chances from Music City Miracles.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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