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The 6-1 Texans would like to emulate the 1999 St. Louis Rams, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. This is a thorough look at all the recent 6-1 teams in the league and how things wound up for them.
Addressing the major questions facing the Texans at their bye, and grading the team so far, with McClain. On the potential for the defense to spark a Super Bowl run, he says: “What they need more than anything over the last nine games is for outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed to get more sacks. They’ve combined for 3 1/2 -- or one-half fewer than defensive end Antonio Smith.”
For Reggie Wayne, every flight home is a long flight when it comes after a loss. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star writes of the Colts’ desire for their first road win. In the franchise’s 25 playoff appearances, only one has come with a losing record on the road.
As a Houston Oilers rookie, Mike Munchak once roomed with quarterback Oliver Luck. Now Munchak is coaching the Titans against the Colts, who are quarterbacked by Oliver’s son, Andrew, writes Chappell.
To which I say: Oliver Luck will be at the game, and Andrew said he expects his dad to feel some Oilers nostalgia.
When it comes to history, the Packers and the Jaguars are pretty much opposites, writes Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. A comparison of two small-market franchises, one old, one still pretty new.
The Jaguars promoted quarterback John Parker Wilson as extra insurance for the injured Blaine Gabbert and activated defensive end John Chick from the PUP list.
To which I say: They wouldn’t have activated Chick unless they intended to get him some work, and it would be a tremendous development if he could give the pass rush a bit of a jolt.
Luck and Matt Hasselbeck rate as even for Jim Wyatt in the Tennessean’s thorough preview of Colts-Titans.
The Titans are cautioning that the explosive Kenny Britt we’ve seen in the past may not reappear until 2013 as he makes it all the way back from his knee issues, says Wyatt. “He’s playing well and each day he gets better,” offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said. “Each day he works on something. But is he the Kenny Britt that we had the first three weeks (in 2011)? Not in my opinion.”