AFC South: Monday Night Football

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt narrates the kickoff ad in ESPN's "It All Comes Down to Monday Night" campaign.

Watt eyes a fumbled football and muses about how when he picks it up and runs with it, the whole world will see him.

I'd bet you'll see more of Watt in commercials. He's marketable because of his football accomplishments and likability. He also doesn't seem to mind being in front of the camera.

ESPN on MNF shots of Jacksonville

December, 6, 2011
Some viewers in Jacksonville brought complaints to the AFC South blog about some of the television shots used as part of the pregame show and telecast of "Monday Night Football" -- one of the Charlotte skyline and at least one scenic shot of Jacksonville that was outdated.

I reached out to an ESPN spokesperson for explanation.

Here’s what he offered:
“The Charlotte aerial was an inadvertent mistake. It should not have aired. We apologize that it was part of the telecast.

“The scenics of Jacksonville that were used during 'Monday Night Countdown' were shot the night of the previous MNF game there in late October. We did not have a crew shooting scenics Monday. There were no graphic or audio mentions indicating the shot was live, though we understand viewers may have been under this assumption.”

Hope that serves to clear things up. A reminder not to shoot the messenger.

Video: MNF pregame field report

September, 21, 2009
ESPN's Michelle Tafoya and Suzy Kolber preview tonight's match up between Indianapolis and Miami.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Before we head for the airport and make our way to Houston, we've sorted through the AFC South headlines for you.

As always, I welcome your feedback in the mailbag.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis combined to create the only touchdown in the Colts' win in Cleveland, says Phil Richards.
  • Bob Kravitz's report card.
  • The Colts stopped Joshua Cribbs and won the special teams fight, writes Richards.
  • No offense, but the Colts win anyway, says Mike Chappell.
  • Indianapolis awaits test results on new injuries to Gary Brackett and Keyunta Dawson, writes Chappell.
  • Marvin Harrison is on Alex Marvez's list of players who may not be around next year.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • The Jaguars play in Houston Monday night with last place in the AFC South on the line, writes Michael C. Wright.
  • The Times-Union's pregame breakdown.

Tennessee Titans