Monday, November 9, 2009
Reading the coverage: Jags back to a 4-3
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
- “After blowing a chance to force overtime on their last possession for the third time this season, the Texans need to call a mechanic to do a tune-up. The Texans cough and sputter like some jalopy that can’t run smoothly for 60 minutes without breaking down,” writes John McClain.
- Few teams could self-destruct the way the Texans did Sunday afternoon and still have a chance to defeat one of the NFL's two unbeaten teams, writes Richard Justice.
- Bernard Pollard shined in a homecoming game, say McClain and Jeffrey Martin.
- “I just missed it,” Kris Brown said of the 42-yard field goal that would have forced overtime. McClain’s story.
- A perfect storm of TV, confusion and luck helped the Colts on a key challenge, writes McClain. I wrote extensively on this, too, here. Alan Burge said the Texans staff was asleep at the wheel.
- Dunta Robinson said it was the toughest loss he’s suffered as a Texan, says Justice.
- The Texans are still chasing the lead horse, says Steve Wyche.
- Gary Kubiak thought holding the Colts to 20 points should have been good enough, says Martin.
- McClain’s report card.
- The Jaguars hung on for a win over the Chiefs, writes Michael C. Wright.
- Forget style points, this was an old-fashioned Jaguars win, says Gene Frenette.
- Mike Sims-Walker had a big day, and his 147 receiving yards were the most for a Jaguars receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2000, says Vito Stellino.
- Two of Sims-Walker’s big players were easy gains, says John Baker.
- The Jaguars surprised the Chiefs with a switch back to a 4-3 defense, says Stellino.
- The switch back to 4-3 is the right way to go, says Vic Ketchman.
- Rookies played a key role, says Wright.
- Chris Chambers made an immediate impact for the Chiefs, says Garry Smits.
- Kansas City’s successful onside kick made for nervous moments, says Jeff Elliott.
- Frenette’s report card.
- At 4-4, Jack Del Rio is still thinking playoffs, says Cole Pepper.
- “There’s only so much bouncing back you can do before there’s no more bouncing to do,” cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “It’s something to hang your hat on, to know that we’re going to fight, but at the same time we have to learn to be consistent.” Matt Loede’s story.