Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC South [Print without images]

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
RTC: Jaguars can't survive a four-game skid

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

Ben Tate is day to day with a groin injury. Derrick Ward (ankle) could be back, but if both are out the Texans are fine with Chris Ogbonnaya serving as the second back behind Arian Foster, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

My take: The offensive line and high-quality run blocking the Texans are getting right now ease any concerns I’d have about Ogbonnaya getting significant action. He’d be fine.

Indianapolis Colts

This was Curtis Painter's first chance to play with an entire week to prepare and work with the first-teamers and, honestly, he wasn't bad. Certainly, it should be said, he was better than Kerry Collins in any of his three starts, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

My take: Yes, he was better. Yes he is the best option going forward. While it was an encouraging performance, he’s still capable of really bad, game-killing moments.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are in trouble and need the sort of lift only a win over the Bengals Sunday at EverBank Field could bring them, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.

My take: What else is Jack Del Rio going to say but that the team goals are the same as they were from the start? It’s still possible, but few division-winners endure four-game losing streaks so they can’t drop this one.

Tennessee Titans

Jordan Babineaux has been a great investment for the Titans and he’s in the starting lineup against with Chris Hope out with a broken arm, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

My take: It was crucial for the Titans to get themselves a quality third safety considering the downturn in Hope’s play. They found a good one, and if he continues to play well, it will be an uncomfortable situation when Hope’s healthy in four or six weeks and ready to return.