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Friday, October 19, 2012
RTC: Where has that mouthpiece been?

By Paul Kuharsky

Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

The Ravens are as vulnerable as they will ever be, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Johnathan Joseph and Gary Kubiak are both optimistic the cornerback will play on Sunday, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

To which I say: The question isn’t really about whether he will play. The question is about how well he will play. The last two weeks he’s been well below his standard.

Dale Robertson of the Chronicle considers what’s going wrong in the Texans’ secondary.

An inability to play well from behind is one thing that could hold the Texans back, says ESPN.com’s John Clayton.

Texans merchandise is moving, says David Barron of the Chronicle.

Indianapolis Colts

Mouthguards are exposed to all sorts of nasty stuff during the course of a football game. Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star takes a thorough look at one of the NFL’s dirty, little secrets. “The unpleasant and self-evident truth is this: if a player removes and reinserts his mouth guard, he might as well be sticking his fingers or gloves in his mouth.”

The Colts defense needs to be ready for a full dose of rookie running back Trent Richardson, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

To which I say: Richardson is a lot better than Shonn Greene, so the Colts have to play a lot better run defense than they did against the Jets.

Previewing Browns-Colts with Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Jacksonville Jaguars

As the Jaguars prepare for a game at Oakland, they know they’ve played their best football away from home, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

To which I say: But their work on the West Coast in recent years has been bad.

Jacksonville is seeking a boost in the punt return game from Aaron Ross, writes O’Halloran.

More info on how exactly the Jaguars stand to cash in on being the team that plays multiple years in a row in London, from ESPN.com’s Kristi Dosh.

Tennessee Titans

Alan Lowry “remains persistent in devising ways to outsmart and defeat opponents,” writes Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean of the Titans special teams coach.

To which I say: To this point, the Titans have gotten more big plays out of special teams than is fair to expect.

The Titans take the NFL’s worst rushing offense to Buffalo to face the league’s worst rushing defense. Wyatt wonders what will unfold.

CBS analyst Phil Simms is picking the Titans to beat the Bills, knowing Matt Hasselbeck can catch and/or pass his career TD total of 199, says Wyatt.

A breakdown of Titans-Bills from Dunlevy.