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Monday, November 30, 2009
Reading the coverage: Kubiak questions

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Houston Texans

Ever inventive with big-game failures, Texans squander 17-0 lead in latest loss to Indy, says John McClain.

Richard Justice doesn’t hold back. The Texans choked like dogs, he writes.

The Texans were victimized by Peyton Manning yet again, says David Barron.

Why the Colts are winners and the Texans are losers, from McClain.

Left tackle Duane Brown will have an MRI on his knee, says the Chronicle’s notebook.

Settling for field goals cost the Texans, says Dale Robertson.

McClain’s interactive report card.

“Truth is, at this point, the Texans are losing because of coaching issues,” says Richard Justice.

“Sometime soon, someone will have to be accountable for these mistake-filled lapses -- the goal-line fumbles, the missed Kris Brown field goals, the second-half defensive breakdowns -- that have cost [Bob] McNair and his Texans too many games this season. And yes, that guy is fourth-year head coach Gary Kubiak.” Nancy Gay’s column.

The talented Texans continue to be mediocre, says Steve Wyche.

“The Texans have now lost three straight games to the Colts with a fourth quarter lead, and they are losing almost every close game they play in this year. After four years, that will get you fired.” Lance Zierlein thinks Kubiak is in trouble. Note his very interesting stuff about a celebration that left the Texans defense unprepared for the next snap.

The Colts are models of consistency and poise, writes Gay.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts stay perfect with three late touchdowns, says Phil Richards.

Bob Kravitz’s report card.

After a bad first half, the Colts’ defense played great after halftime, says Mike Chappell.

Manning quick snapped a big play as the Texans celebrated the previous play for too long, says Mike Chappell.

John Oehser reviews the game here and here.

Wins like this just don’t happen in the NFL, says Deshawn Zombie.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars were flattened by the 49ers, says Vito Stellino.

The Jaguars' performance in San Francisco was not what Maurice Jones-Drew was expecting, says Michael C. Wright.

Any team with playoff aspirations can’t be this deficient far away from home, says Gene Frenette.

A big fourth-down catch by Vernon Davis was a key moment, Stellino said.

The 49ers use of the spread offense seemed to surprise Jacksonville, says Wright.

Frenette’s report card.

The Jags are still in the playoff race, but must play better, says Vic Ketchman.

Jacksonville and the West Coast don’t mix, says Cole Pepper.

David Garrard was under too much pressure, says Gil Samson.

Tennessee Titans

A game-winning drive engineered by Vince Young produced a TD on the last play of the game and got the Titans their fifth consecutive win, says Jim Wyatt.

Young’s heroics helped the Titans beat the clock, says Terry McCormick.

The Titans are defying odds and restoring hope, says David Climer.

The Titans are the team no one wants to play, says Joe Biddle.

It was Young’s best comeback effort with the Titans, says Wyatt.

Young knows how to win while Jay Cutler doesn’t, says Clark Judge.

Wyatt’s report card.

LenDale White was inactive because he was late for Saturday’s walk through, reports Wyatt.

Lavelle Hawkins and Jared Cook were significant contributors, says Gary Estwick.

Kenny Britt atoned for a fumble with the game winning score, says McCormick.

The Titans are believing anything is possible, says Dan Graziano.

A look at Young from before the game, from Karen Crouse.