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Monday, September 24, 2012
RTC: Texans enter new territory

By Paul Kuharsky

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Houston Texans

“Through the first 50 minutes, the Texans had dominated on both sides of the ball. They were playing smart and playing clean, save for the safety (Matt) Schaub suffered on Houston’s first play from scrimmage, and they were ramming their way downfield. Then Ben Tate lost a midfield fumble and all hell, (Peyton) Manning-style, broke loose.” Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle on the win that moved the Texans to 3-0.

Be pleased, but don’t take this win as any sort of grand statement, says Jerome Solomon.

On a fantastic day, Matt Schaub suffered a gashed ear, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

“To get where you want to go, sometimes you have to do things you’ve never done,” Andre Johnson said. Like beat Manning on the road for the first time. Like winning your first game at Denver. John McClain of the Chronicle on the game.

Peyton Manning has an ability to get his team back into games that seem out of reach, and he did it again Sunday against the Texans, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle. But the Texans held on.

The finish was too close, but it was still a good win, says Randy Harvey of the Chronicle.

The Texans dominated and then held on for dear life, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Indianapolis Colts

It was a game the Colts felt like they had to have won, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. Two big plays that accounted for 139 yards and two scores for the Jaguars took just 21 seconds.

Bob Kravitz of the Star calls it a devastating loss and runs down the reasons the Colts couldn’t pull it out against the Jaguars.

Adam Vinatieri’s late field goal was not enough for the Colts to pull it off, says Zak Keefer.

Sergio Brown was simply the last and most noticeable culprit as the Colts rode an emotional roller-coaster to a dismal finish, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

Edgerrin James felt the love as he was inducted into the Colts' ring of honor at Lucas Oil Stadium, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.

Kravitz’ report card: Nothing better than a C.

Screw up enough in the NFL and you’ll lose, says Wilson.

Spelling it out simply: Andrew Luck was great but his team is bad, says Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue.

Jacksonville Jaguars

“Instead of continuing their free-fall into the NFL sewer, the Jaguars showed they can rally, can create a turnover and can hit the home-run pass,” writes Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Not long after Shad Khan told Maurice Jones-Drew he should run and catch the train, the running back was driving it, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.

Everything broke just right on the Jaguars’ game winning play, says Gene Frenette of the T-U. “When a team is 80 yards from the end zone -- and needs a young, struggling quarterback to pull off something spectacular in the last 56 seconds to avoid an 0-3 start to the season -- nobody expects him to hit the jackpot in just 11 seconds.”

The game plan was no knock on Blaine Gabbert, offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski told Stellino. “We played it a little conservative. It was nothing more than we wanted to make sure we didn’t get a turnover. We wanted to play good field position football.”

It was needed and it was validating, says John Oehser of the team’s website.

The miracle pass and the Colts’ miscues produced the win, says Dunlevy.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans survive arguably the craziest game ever played at LP Field, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “In a span of about 10 minutes on the game clock, the Titans thought they had won the game, thought they’d lost it, and then made the play to end it.”

“Was this the start of a real reclamation project, or just a momentary uptick in an otherwise unremarkable season?” asks David Climer of The Tennessean. “I’ll have to get back to you on that.”

Darius Reynaud was the central figure in two monstrous special-teams plays for the Titans, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Jake Locker couldn’t have dreamed up anything crazier as a 5-year-old for his first NFL win as a starter, says Wyatt.

Wyatt’s report card includes three As.

Writes Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press: “One of the craziest, wildest, most poorly officiated Sunday afternoons in years, a game of huge plays, massive gains and spectacular accidents, came down, in the end, to a tiny fourth-and-1 in overtime that actually went backward -- and apparently wasn't supposed to take place at all.”