AFC South: Tony Corrente

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Houston Texans

The Texans are too talented to play down to their competition, and a slow start like the one they had against the Bills won’t cut it Sunday night in Chicago, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

To which I say: Let the hype begin. Texans-Bears has game-of-the-year potential and could even be a Super Bowl preview.

Even though he was sick, Arian Foster was Plan A, and Plan B for the Texans who rode him to the win over Buffalo, says Randy Harvey of the Chronicle.

Andre Johnson says fewer practice reps, new massage techniques and stretching exercises have him feeling strong, despite his having missed much of the offseason recovering from surgery, writes Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle.

Boos told Mario Williams that Houston fans were still thinking about him, writes Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

The Texans' red-zone defense made the difference, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.

Houston dispatched the Bills, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Indianapolis Colts

His eyes shining, Chuck Pagano was part of the Colts’ win over Miami, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. “Something special is happening here in Indianapolis, the kind of thing they commit to celluloid. A nowhere team is going somewhere, maybe even to the playoffs."

To which I say: There is not a better story in the league and there isn’t a person who follows football who isn’t rooting for Pagano.

Andrew Luck’s storybook season continued with a record day against the Dolphins, says Mike Chappell of the Star.

A defensive stand at the end ensured the Colts’ win over the Dolphins, says Phil Richards of the Star.

T.Y. Hilton turned an early mistake into a big play for Luck later, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.

Big plays from Luck keyed it all, says Dunlevy.

Tony Corrente’s audible strong words took place during Dolphins-Colts.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The beat down goes on for the Jaguars, writes Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “In the first half, Detroit ran 46 plays to 18 for the Jaguars, outgained them 285-57 and outscored them 21-0 on three Mikel Leshoure touchdowns runs. Game over.”

It’s time for Shad Khan to consider a housecleaning, says Gene Frenette of the T-U. “The four-year Gene Smith rebuilding project looks bleak as can be right now. No difference-making player has surfaced yet among Smith's 26 draft picks.”

To which I say: There is no way to sell further patience to the fan base, and Khan can’t use up his good will in the wrong way as it won’t last forever.

Blaine Gabbert rarely talks negatively, but he had nowhere else to go after this one, says O’Halloran.

Mike Thomas talked with Gary Smits of the T-U about changing sides with his trade during the week.

The Jaguars have lost every home game by at least 17 points, says Dunlevy.

The weeks before provided some hope, but none of it came to fruition against the Lions, says John Oehser of the Jaguars web site.

Tennessee Titans

What’s next for the Titans after this rout by the Bears? David Climer of The Tennessean wonders. “Even the franchise’s historical comfort zone of 8-8 looks far, far out of reach.”

Either the Titans didn’t listen to their coaches’ warnings, “or they simply weren’t physically capable of holding onto the football against a band of aggressive, thieving defenders,” says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Michael Griffin would like to know where all the Bears’ fans got their tickets, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Back in the city where he played in college, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had a big day, says Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.

It was the seventh time in nine games where the Titans gave up 30 or more points and the fifth game with a losing margin of three touchdowns or more, says David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper.

Rapid Reaction: Colts 30, Texans 17

November, 1, 2010
Thoughts on the Colts’ 30-17 win over the Texans.

What it means: With all their injury struggles and issues, the Colts sit atop the AFC South with a 5-2 record, a half game better than the 5-3 Titans. With a split of the season series, the Texans lost the head-to-head edge they earned on opening day. At 4-3, Houston is in third between the Titans and the 4-4 Jaguars.

What I liked: The Colts resolve. Banged up pretty badly, they didn’t flinch. The division may be a dog fight this season, but they aren’t going to lose it on a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Texans. They avenged an opening-day loss in Houston and got their first division win against two losses this season.

What I didn’t like: Matt Schaub faced too much pressure at times. But he posted a 14.6 passer rating in the first half, when he threw a terrible interception that Kelvin Hayden turned into a 25-yard touchdown return. Five for 15? Really? It took a lot of work to get that rating up to 70.2.

Precision: When the Colts challenged a spot on a third-down run by Peyton Manning in the first quarter, referee Tony Corrente came back with a very specific spot, saying the line was the 42 and three-quarter yard line. Which made it a 6-yard run instead of a 5-yard run and produced a first down.

What’s next: The Texans host the San Diego Chargers while the Colts head for Philadelphia.