Reading the coverage …
An interesting read on strategy in the (still) new construct of overtime, from Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats.
Since an Oct. 23 win in Nashville last year, the Texans are 11-1 in games started by Matt Schaub, who’s on a great streak, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
To which I say: Schaub's been giving the Texans whatever they need and they have to be thrilled with his ability to lead.
The Texans remain atop McClain’s NFL power rankings.
Former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee is ill with cancer, says the AP.
Five things to consider as the Colts prepare for the Lions, from Phillip B. Wilson. Among them: Where’s Ndamukong Suh and how can the Colts keep Andrew Luck upright?
Defensive tackle Josh Chapman’s rookie year is a washout because of the knee injury he came into the league with, but he can still be an impact guy next year, says, Phillip. B. Wilson.
To which I say: Too many people got too fired up about the rookie as a potential savior.
Luck is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Colts signed safety Delano Howell from the Bills practice squad and announced Seth Olsen will return to practice but remain on IR. They have three weeks to decide whether to activate Olsen or return him to IR.
The Jaguars have had trouble keeping running backs healthy this season. Jalen Parmele is the latest casualty, with a groin injury that landed him on IR, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
After a slow start, Marcedes Lewis is getting more involved in the passing offense, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.
To which I say: Chad Henne's determined to make this happen and seems to have a sense of how to do so.
The Jaguars signed cornerback Antwaun Molden, receiver Quan Cosby, running back Jordan Todman and receiver Toney Clemons, says O’Halloran.
Key storylines to watch as the Jaguars prepare for the Bills, from John Oehser of Jaguars.com. Paul Posluszny will be a key in stopping C.J. Spiller.
Mike Munchak said firing Chris Palmer was the right thing to do at the right time, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. The decision was Munchak's, and now he expects fresh ideas from Dowell Loggains. “If we do play better, then a lot of us will be here next year,” Munchak said. “If not, then who knows what could happen? We get that.”
John Glennon of The Tennessean writes that there "seemed to be a disconnect -- perhaps even a generation-gap problem -- between Palmer and some of his key offensive skill players.” The challenge now is to get the unit to be as good as the sum of its parts.
To which I say: It's hard to project how well they'll be able to do that at this stage, but Loggains certainly can connect with younger guys in a different way.
Firing Palmer does little to fix the Titans, says David Climer of The Tennessean who believes Palmer is a scapegoat.