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Monday, December 14, 2009
Reading the coverage: Third down hurt Jags

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Does this set a record for the longest "Reading the coverage" in history? Felt like it as I pieced it together in my Indy hotel room Hope you’re up early. Enjoy.

Houston Texans

The motivated Texans responded to Gary Kubiak and ended a four-game skid, says John McClain.

A heart to heart Mario Williams had with Kubiak helped spark better play, says Jordan Godwin.

Offensive inconsistency continued in the Texans' win, said Dale Robertson.

Maybe Kubiak subconsciously wanted to make his fight for survival his team’s fight, says Richard Justice.

Kubiak has some concerns about Kris Brown, say Robertson and McClain.

McClain’s report card with a chance for your input.

Alan Burge was impressed.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts secured home-field advantage and a record winning streak, says Phil Richards.

Indy surrendered a record 21 receptions to Brandon Marshall, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Not only doesn’t Bill Polian believe in mojo, he doesn’t know what it is, writes Bob Kravitz.

Dallas Clark led a great red zone attack with three touchdown catches, writes Mike Chappell. An interesting note from this notebook: This was the first three-interception game for Peyton Manning that the Colts won. Previously they were 0-11.

Players want to keep going, but the people in charge will want to get everyone healthy, says Chappell.

It’s now 34 or 35 days until the first playoff game, says John Oehser.

Both undefeated teams should go for it, says Gene Wojciechowski, who I sat next to in the press box.

Will rest mess with the undefeated Colts? Clark Judge poses the question we’ll be talking about for a month.

A look at the Colts from the defensive side, from Jason Cole.

Getting healthy is the Colts’ top goal, says Vic Carucci.

Will rest produce rust, asks Greg Couch.

Marshall’s record day wasn’t enough, says Rick Gosselin.

Bob Kravitz’s report card.

Small stats helped produce a big win, says Larry Hawley.

There were milestones and memories from a big win, says Jeremiah Johnson.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Inefficient play on third down hurt the Jaguars' offense, says Jeff Elliott.

David Garrard came up small in a big game, writes Gene Frenette.

The Jaguars' offense flopped on the decisive drive, says Michael C. Wright.

Tyron Brackenridge and Gerald Alexander forced two fumbles apiece, says Wright.

Miami held Maurice Jones-Drew under 100 yards, writes Vito Stellino.

The Dolphins felt fortunate to squeak by, says Garry Smits.

An "F" for the passing offense in Frenette’s report card.

So much for destiny.

Don Banks gives the Jaguars only a 10 percent chance of making the playoffs, less than Baltimore, Miami and the Jets.

Opportunities kept arriving, but the Jags were incapable of taking advantage, said Vic Ketchman.

Jags lose the game and maybe the playoffs, says Jay Gray.

Tennessee Titans

A good day was offset a bit by a hamstring injury that knocked Vince Young from the game, says Jim Wyatt.

Chris Johnson had another productive day as he guns for 2,000, writes Gary Estwick.

The defense feasted on rookie quarterback Keith Null, says Estwick.

Keith Bulluck’s big day helped spark the defense, says Estwick.

Kerry Collins proved ready, say Wyatt and Estwick.

Young and the Titans played things right after the injury, writes Joe Biddle.

Wyatt’s report card.

Four downs with Joe Biddle.

The Titans blasted the hapless Rams, says Terry McCormick.

Johnson continues his assault on the Titans’ record book, writes McCormick.