- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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1. Jeff Fisher, Titans coach: He spelled out his reasoning for a fourth-and-1 punt and an end-of-the-game scenario in which the Titans scored a touchdown on the last play but had no chance at the second score they needed. Still, expecting a second straight stop against the Colts' offense was overly confident. The failure to find a way to use both Randy Moss and Kenny Britt was atrocious.
2. The Texans' ability to finish: For the fourth time in five weeks, the Texans came back from a 14-point deficit to tie or take the lead only to lose. That’s never happened to a team before, so it’s really impressive to do it in five weeks. Matt Schaub was spectacular in the rally against the Ravens. But Schaub simply cannot make the throw he made out of his own end zone that turned into the game-losing interception return by Josh Wilson.
3. Jacksonville’s run defense: They got away with one against Oakland, with Darren McFadden doing some major damage. Allowing 6.1 yards per carry in a crucial game is no game plan for victory, but they survived it. Now they head to Indianapolis, where the Colts' run game is unlikely to be an issue for them.
1. Gene Smith’s case for executive of the year: If the Jaguars win the division Sunday, it’ll be hard to make a case against the team’s second-year general manager. He's refreshed a roster and instilled a winning attitude. He’s trimmed the fat and drafted well. His calm, steady approach sets a trickle-down tone.
2. Lead running backs: Maurice Jones-Drew, Arian Foster and Chris Johnson all got to 100 yards in their games (as did a riser from last week, MJD backup Rashad Jennings). I’m anti-fan voting for the Pro Bowl because it’s a popularity contest. But the people are getting it right here, as the trio occupies three of the top five slots in AFC Pro Bowl voting, though they could order them better. Foster is a deserving first, with Johnson third and Jones-Drew fourth.
3. Jacksonville’s run-blocking: The Jaguars are rolling with the run and their offensive line has been getting great push with Vince Manuwai setting a tone. Also big factors: fullback Greg Jones and tight end Marcedes Lewis.
FALLING1. Jeff Fisher, Titans coach: He spelled out his reasoning for a fourth-and-1 punt and an end-of-the-game scenario in which the Titans scored a touchdown on the last play but had no chance at the second score they needed.