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Monday, October 3, 2011
RTC: Titans raising hope and profile

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Reading the coverage ...

Houston Texans

It was a physical, old-fashioned football game and the Texans came out on top, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Down the stretch, they made winning play after winning play. They were the tougher team, the better team, the team with more poise and resolve, writes Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle.

Beating the Steelers showed the Texans won’t be pushed around anymore, says Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.

In a starting role, cornerback Jason Allen finished the game off with an interception, says McClain.

Arian Foster carried the load, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.

Andre Johnson has a strained right hamstring, says McClain.

The Texans’ defense made a big statement, says Jeffrey Martin of the Chronicle.

Indianapolis Colts

Catching passes when Peyton Manning isn’t quarterback it’s a whole different deal, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

I’m late to this one: The Colts have many voices, but who has the final says, asks Bob Kravitz of the Star.

All four quarterbacks will have a role in Tampa Bay, says Chappell.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars' floundering offense didn’t stack up in a loss to the Saints, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union. Jacksonville has scored 39 points in four games.

Second-half blitzes took their toll on Blaine Gabbert, says Tania Ganguli of the T-U.

Matt Turk switched to rugby-style punts, says Ganguli.

The Jaguars have to let Gabbert bear the burden of life as a rookie quarterback even if it means temporary failure, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Fewer carries didn’t limit Maurice Jones-Drew’s impact, says Garry Smits of the T-U.

Did the Jaguars' defense play well enough to win, asks Smits.

Frenette’s grades.

Stellino and Ganguli discuss the game. (Video.)

What’s with the wrong way signs, asks Andre Das of The Fifth Down Blog.

Jones-Drew urges people not to pick at Gabbert, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

Tennessee Titans

The offense came, and came quickly, from a variety of places, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The low-profile Titans raised hope with their third consecutive win, says David Climer of The Tennessean.

Chris Johnson showed glimpses of good, says Wyatt.

The defense allowed yards, but not points, says Climer.

The Titans' tight ends tormented the Browns, says Wyatt.

Wyatt’s report card.