AFC South: Dennis Dixon

Wrap-up: Steelers 19, Titans 11

September, 19, 2010
What It Means: The Titans may have a quarterback controversy on their hands, though it would have more substance if Kerry Collins had outplayed Vince Young once he replaced him at the start of the fourth quarter. Tennessee fell to 1-1. The Titans aren’t as good as they appeared a week ago against Oakland. They probably aren’t as bad as they were against Pittsburgh either. But imagine if they faced Ben Roethlisberger instead of Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch.

Tomorrow’s Talker: Who’s the quarterback? Young accounted for three of the Titans’ seven turnovers, and a week after a 142.8 passer rating, he posted a 48.3. But Collins threw a pick and a lost fumble upon replacing him. Young reacted poorly in a similar circumstance in 2008, but the indications have been he is more mature now. Does he respond better or do we get more of the sort of drama that unfolded last time? This should be a good offense, but it was horrific against the Steelers and completely nonthreatening once Pittsburgh made Chris Johnson a non-factor.

What I liked: The defense allowed just 12 points off seven turnovers and laid a lot of good hits. This could have been a blowout of monumental proportions given the turnovers. With a great onside kick at the end, the Titans actually had a chance to tie the game with a late drive, but fell short.

What I didn’t like: Johnson might have had a long touchdown that could have changed the tone in the first half, even without the help of a Eugene Amano hold. Amano told officials about how he let go, but the key there is to not hold in the first place not to be able to claim you didn’t hold long. Penalties were a big issue -- the Titans had 10 for 72 yards.

What’s next: Fisher, Young and Collins will address the quarterback situation inside the next hour. But no matter how firm Fisher is about the plans, they will all face further questions about it this week. It’s not the sort of storyline the Titans hoped for heading to New Meadowlands Stadium where they will see old friend Keith Bulluck in his third game as a member of the New York Giants.

RTC: Texans face test of maturity

September, 15, 2010
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Houston Texans

Houston added two veteran defensive ends in Adewale Ogunleye and Ryan Denney, says John McClain.

The trip to Washington will test the Texans’ maturity, says John McClain.

Vonta Leach is a hefty hole puncher, says Jeffrey Martin.

LaVar Arrington looks at Arian Foster against the Redskins' run defense. (Hat tip to Alan Burge.)

Players have the high moral ground in the labor debate, says Richard Justice.

The Texans also worked out some offensive linemen, says Adam Kaplan. (Hat tip to Toro Times.)

David Anderson appreciated the fans.

Indianapolis Colts

Poor protection meant the Colts’ offense was too hurried, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Bob Sanders visits Dr. James Andrews Wednesday.

Has Sanders reached the end, asks Bob Kravitz.

The Colts are very good in national television games, says Rick Gosselin.

John Oehser wonders about the venomous reaction to Sanders’ injury.

Brett Mock’s breakdown looks closely at the roles of Fili Moala and Philip Wheeler, among others, in the loss at Houston.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kirk Morrison, Kassim Osgood, Russell Allen and John Matthews all have San Diego connections, says Tania Ganguli.

Daryl Smith was named defensive player of the week, says Rich Jones.

Simon Evans with a thoughtful look at the Jaguars’ situation. (Hat tip to Alfie Crow.)

Greg Jones should have played in the 1970s, says Vic Ketchman of the team’s website.

Three things to look for as the Jaguars prepare for San Diego, from Mike Corrao.

Tennessee Titans

Five things John Glennon knows about the Titans.

Vince Young is back in the Heisman Trophy talk.

The Titans worked out four players Tuesday, says Jim Wyatt.

Limited passing meant limited pain for Justin Gage and Nate Washington, who are dealing with injuries, says David Boclair.

The Titans will face Dennis Dixon at quarterback, says Jonathan Hutton.