AFC South: Jerry Brown

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Houston Texans

J.J. Watt is reaching new altitude with his superb season, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. His competition for defensive player of the year isn’t having a season for the ages the way he is.

A scouting report on the Patriots from Lance Zierlein of the Chronicle blogs. He says the Texans need to control the tempo and impose their will.

Indianapolis Colts

Bruce Arians is getting the chance he always wanted, just not the way he wanted, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. (Still, the Colts interim coach finds time for Thursday date nights with his wife.)

Jerry Brown, the Cowboys practice squad linebacker who was killed as a passenger in a one-car crash, was once with the Colts. The AP’s story from the Star.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The game-day breakdown of the Jaguars and Jets from Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

What’s the NFL future of Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow, one of Jacksonville’s favorite sons? O’Halloran explores.

Tennessee Titans

Tom Moore is a somewhat mysterious presence with the Titans. But the new presence has a big-time history in the league, writes John Glennon of the Tennessean. One of the two coach's pictures hanging on Arians' wall is of Moore.

Kenny Britt had to work through some frustration over being part of an eight=drop effort last week, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

RTC: Texans due to beat Baltimore

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Houston Texans

It’s time for the Texans to finally beat Baltimore, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Houston is one of two finalists for Super Bowl LI in February of 2017, says McClain.

Aaron Rodgers exposed real coverage limitations for the Texans, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts waived quarterback Chandler Harnish and outside linebacker Jerry Brown and signed free agent tight end Weslye Saunders, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Andrew Luck is already so good, it’s a surprise when he struggles, says Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan.

The loss to the Jets was about inadequate personnel, not an emotional letdown, says Dunlevy,

Dunlevy’s progress report for the Colts.

Jacksonville Jaguars

A groin injury has kept him out of action for the full season, but Daryl Smith could be back in action against the Raiders, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Mike Mularkey would like to see Blaine Gabbert run more, says Stellino.

Ryan O’Halloran of the T-U takes a first look at Oakland.

Tennessee Titans

The way the AFC is playing out, the Titans are just one game out of playoff contention, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Tennessee planned on courting defensive end Mario Williams before it got distracted by Peyton Manning and Williams signed with the Bills, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Chris Palmer created predictable tendencies against the Steelers in order to give himself room to break them, sometimes with Jared Cook, says Tom Gower of Total Titans.
Houston Texans

The loss of Brian Cushing is not a deal-breaker for the Texans, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Gary Kubiak shouldn’t have punted on fourth-and-inches as the end of the Jets game, as it exposed the one weak link of Houston -- special teams. It’s at the bottom of this Bill Barnwell piece at Grantland. (Hat tip to Nate Dunlevy.)

To which I say: The rationale for going for it is very sound. But go for it and miss and you get crushed by conventional thinkers, and conventional thinking still holds a lot of sway. Too much.

From Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus’ review of Texans-Jets: “The Texans went to the left on 21 of their 33 backfield carries and collected 5.3 yards per carry when running behind Chris Myers (+4.1 run block), Wade Smith and Duane Brown. While the right side of the offensive line settles (Houston again rotated their starters) the left side of the line is carrying the weight of the expectation."

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts made several roster moves, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. Chief among them, nose tackles Antonio Dixon and Jerry Brown were added, as Fili Moala (knee) and Martin Tevaseu (foot) are expected to miss time. And nickelback Justin King was let go.

To which I say: The Colts must have really liked the work of Cassius Vaughn against the Packers and feel like Darius Butler can contribute as corner depth.

From Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus’ review of Packers-Colts: “Former first round pick Anthony Castonzo (-5.1) was once again an issue at left tackle as he struggled to keep Clay Matthews quiet. He coughed up three sacks, a knockdown and three more hurries on his own, making life very difficult for Luck in the pocket. The line combined to allow 17 total pressures on their rookie quarterback with the team down to bare bones and replacement players across the unit. The Colts need to start dedicating some major resources into securing linemen going forward.”



Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew takes losses hard, and he hasn’t been on a winning team since 2007 and says he’s sick of losing, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

To which I say: It’s crazy for anyone to give MJD a hard time for a postgame hug with Matt Forte. Such things offer no indication of how a guy is absorbing a loss, and we shouldn’t try to interpret these small snapshots or give them broad meaning.

From Nathaniel Peters-Kroll of Pro Football Focus’ review of Bears-Jaguars: “One of the only solid performers was Austen Lane (+2.6), who was fortunate to face off against (Gabe) Carimi. His ability to come off the edge with speed was a problem for Carimi, who struggled to move backwards as Lane came around him, seeing the Jaguar end up with a sack, a hit, and two hurries of Jay Cutler.”

Tennessee Titans

Five reasons the Titans are failing from John Glennon of The Tennessean.

To which I say: Being too young is definitely an issue, and the roster construction that didn’t put enough quality veteran leaders in place is a definite issue.

From Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus’ review of Titans-Vikings: “Slot corner Ryan Mouton (+2.4) for example had a great game as he didn’t allow a catch, and had two passes defended. The problem came once the Vikings caught the ball, and were making moves after the catch. As a team, the Titans missed 13 tackles which is far too many, and every single coverage defender in the Titans’ nickel defense had at least one missed tackle. The chief culprit on the day was Michael Griffin (-5.1) who missed four tackles; three of which led to Vikings first downs, and the fourth leading to a touchdown."

The Colts' practice squad

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The Colts have signed the following eight players to their practice squad:
Safety Latarrius Thomas was among the initial group signed but has since been waived.

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