Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
At long last, opening night. Here's your mandatory reading for the day.
Sunday reunites old USC pals Brian Cushing and Mark Sanchez, writes John McClain.
Andre Johnson thinks Super Bowl all the time, says Richard Justice.
Kevin Walter and Eugene Wilson did not practice Wednesday, according to McClain.
Matt Schaub says he’s ready to go, says McClain.
The Texans will try to force Sanchez to win it with his arm, says Alan Burge.
Five things that need to happen for the Texans to win the AFC South, from Burge.
People are picking the Texans, including Richard Justice.
The Colts are in a familiar wait-and-see pattern with Bob Sanders as he rehabs his right knee, says Mike Chappell.
Tyjuan Hagler is focused on staying healthy, writes Phil Richards.
Anthony Gonzalez is not looking to replace Marvin Harrison, says Chappell.
Austin Collie will start off as the No. 3 receiver, writes John Oehser.
Amid all the changes, Peyton Manning is focused on the now, says Oehser.
Chappell takes questions and Dominic Rhodes and Marcus Howard are popular subjects.
Some people are throwing around 4,000-yard, 30-touchdown predictions for quarterbacks too easily, says Deshawn Zombie.
Manning has good history against the Jaguars, who need to disrupt his timing, says Vito Stellino.
Maurice Jones-Drew returned to practice, says Michael C. Wright.
There are three problems heading into the season from the perspective of Jay Gray.
Pete Prisco doesn’t think Jones-Drew will live up to the hype because of offensive line and defensive issues.
Expect constant roster tinkering, says Vic Ketchman of jaguars.com.
A breakdown of Derek Cox, from Collin Streetman.
Kerry Collins is a low-key player in the spotlight again, says Jeff Chadiha.
The Titans' interior defensive linemen who are replacing Albert Haynesworth are ready to get on with it, writes Jim Wyatt.
Mike Silver looks at how Jeff Fisher’s dealt with Steve McNair’s death.
Nate Washington makes Clark Judge’s list of players who will breakout.
This is a throwback game, says Mike Tanier.
The 2006 Steelers give the 2009 Steelers a good lesson in following up a championship, writes Ed Bouchette.
A trust has been established for the family of former Titans defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona, who was killed recently in a car accident.
The Titans won’t be thinking about redeeming themselves for a failed playoff appearance last year when things kickoff Thursday night, says Terry McCormick.
“It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be intense,” said Washington of the atmosphere at Heinz Field. McCormick’s story.
Titans tickets rank among the league’s cheapest.
Collins has a good track record against the Steelers, writes Wyatt.
Don’t expect Jared Cook to play, says Wyatt.
Titans Radio previews the big game. (Audio.)
The abrupt end to 2008 provides motivation for 2009, writes David Climer.