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Monday, December 3, 2012
RTC: Late D created possibility for Colts

By Paul Kuharsky

Reading the coverage …

Houston Texans

This offense won’t cut it next week at New England, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

More injuries forced the Texans into a lot of alternate scenarios, says McClain.

The Texans' battered defense bounced back in Tennessee, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle. “The Texans defense got its hands on more than a third of Locker’s passes -- 16 of 45 -- and intercepted three of them.

J.J. Watt is the first player to record 15 sacks and 15 pass breakups, eclipsing a standard set by childhood idol Reggie White, says Ganguli.

Jake Locker took offense to a block Antonio Smith threw on Fernando Velasco, and the young quarterback told Smith about it after the game, says the Chronicle.

Ten things we learned from the Texans, per Jerome Solomon. Includes this: “(Keshawn) Martin has developed into a return weapon. He had another nice runback, though, once again, he let the punter bring him down after a sweet 42-yard return.”

Indianapolis Colts

“Andrew Luck, who took himself out of Rookie of the Year contention and vaulted himself right back in within the space of 3 minutes, has had several Peyton Manning moments already this year, but this was the signature moment that surpassed them all,” says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

The Colts' defense tightened up at the end to allow the comeback, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.

Reggie Wayne says the young Colts don’t know any better, says Mike Chappell.

Coby Fleener and LaVon Brazill finally got into the end zone, says Wilson.

“Luck was not a one-man show, but for most of the game it felt like it,” says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars thought they were past the sort of thing that unfolded for them in a rout at the hands of the Bills in Buffalo, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

This sorry show from the Jaguars still has four episodes left, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.

Jason Babin was mostly a non-factor against the Bills, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.

Poor throws and drops plagued Chad Henne, says O’Halloran.

After Rashad Jennings suffered a concussion, the team was down to its fourth running back, Montell Owens, says Stellino.

Javon Belcher’s death is hard to shake for Owens, a college teammate, says O’Halloran.

Instead of a two-game winning streak the Jaguars were left with frustration, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

The Jaguars are back in the mix for the No. 1 pick, says Dunlevy.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans made a month’s worth of errors in one game and hit the accelerator on a season going nowhere, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

“The Titans are just another team. Since their last playoff berth in 2008, they are just 27-33. They are 0-4 against AFC South competition this season.” Thus says David Climer of The Tennessean.

It was the defense that kept the Titans even remotely competitive, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Mike Otto ended up with a big role after David Stewart went down with a broken leg. The Tennessean’s notebook.

Chris Johnson only got three carries after halftime, says Wyatt.