NFL Nation: Chris Naeole
Our NFC West ace Mike Sando has been keeping track of free-agent movement by division and put together this excellent chart, which doesn't factor in any deals that may have been completed Friday morning.
The most significant names by team, with asterisks denoting players still believed to be of interest by their current clubs:
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The Colts and Titans made for a late night, so please forgive the "late" hour of your daily tour of the AFC South.
- The Texans are gaining recognition as one of the league's more potent offense, writes John McClain.
- Safeties Nick Ferguson and Eugene Wilson drew praise for their play, says McClain.
- Andre Johnson is playing at an elite level, says Brooke Bentley of houstontexans.com
- Four games back, the Colts will think wild card, writes Phil Richards.
- Bob Kravitz says there is no doubt the Titans are better.
- A couple failed fourth-and-shorts doomed the Colts, says Mike Chappell.
- Kerry Collins picked apart the Colts with short and effective passes, according to Phillip B. Wilson.
- Indy is in trouble, writes Clark Judge.
- The Colts are a wild card at best, says Tom Curran.
- Guard Chris Naeole is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken hand in warm-ups before his first action of the year, according to Vito Stellino.
- Jack Del Rio is searching for answers, writes Jim Nasella.
- A Q&A with David Garrard.
- The Titans deliver a Monday night message, writes Jim Wyatt.
- David Climer believes the Titans are now the team to beat.
- Joe Biddle contemplates a changing of the guard in the AFC South.
- Eddie George sees something familiar in these Titans, says Wyatt.
- Five things Dennis Dillon learned Monday night.
- Chris Hope tried to edge in on Keith Bulluck's "Mr. Monday Night" nickname, according to Gary Estwick.
- The Titans solved the Peyton Manning puzzle, says Tom Kreager.
- The Tennessean's report card.
- Vic Carucci of NFL.com saw it as a statement game.
- Tennessee takes control of the AFC South, writes Terry McCormick.
- The Titans are writing a perfect story, opines Matt Wilson.
- The pass defense did well shutting down the Colts' dangerous wideouts, says McCormick.
- A behind-the-scenes look at "Monday Night Football" production from Jessica Bliss.
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As you get amped up for the big Colts-Titans Monday Night Football game, here is every look at the game and every story on the Jaguars and Texans I could find.
I'll check in mid-day and be situated at LP Field early to give you any updates I can.
- The Texans come up with the most lopsided win in franchise history, writes John McClain.
- Andre Johnson's mood and the Texans as a team are getting better, says Dale Robertson.
- Houston didn't allow a touchdown in two Bengals' trips inside the 20, a big development according to Meghan Manfull.
- Ahman Green left the game with a leg cramp.
- The Texans are a pretty decent football team, according to Jerome Solomon.
- Four keys for the Colts as they face a big challenge to their AFC South supremacy, from Mike Chappell.
- The Colts throw more than everybody but Detroit while the Titans run more than everybody, making for an interesting contrast, writes Chappell.
- As expected, Joseph Addai, Bob Sanders and Kelvin Hayden are out Monday night, reports Chappell.
- Reggie Wayne's moving to the slot in three wide and can cause problems there, writes Chappell.
- Stopping Albert Haynesworth won't be easy, says Chappell.
- Freddy Keiaho wants to be the Colts' leading tackler, writes Tom James.
- Peyton Manning's looking to help the Colts pull things together, writes Jarrett Bell.
- The Jaguars let another one slip away and Jack Del Rio is not happy about it, writes Vito Stellino.
- Gene Frenette says Del Rio boiled over after this one.
- Jacksonville's defense tightened up late but it wasn't enough, says Hays Carlyon.
- Cleveland's Shaun Rogers did a lot to hurt Jacksonville, according to Garry Smits.
- Michael C. Wright looks at a bad day for special teams.
- Gene Frenette's report card includes no Fs.
- Big games from David Garrard and Matt Jones were not enough, writes Wright.
- The run game did not get on track, says Carlyon.
- Chris Naeole broke his hand in warm-ups and did not play for the first time as planned, according to Kyle Hightower.
- The Jaguars are missing "it," says Cole Pepper.
- Physical play by corners at the line will be a big part of the Titans' defensive plan, writes Jim Wyatt.
- The Titans are out to prove they are no fluke, says Wyatt.
- David Climer buys into the Titans-get-no-national-attention thinking.
- A week-long stretch of stories on Ron Jaworski concludes with a look at the stats he's got access to, by Gary Estwick.
- Game picks from Indy Star and Tennessean writers.
- Wyatt's game preview.
- A win puts Tennessee in complete control of the AFC South standings, says Terry McCormick.
- A look at LenDale White from a Denver perspective, courtesy of Jeff Legwold.
- Big national media day for White, as Sam Farmer also takes a look.
Before Jones could get a sixth touch and corral the throw on the second-to-last play of the game, Nick Sorensen arrived and the ball bounced away off his helmet. (See it at the end of the highlight package here.)
Upset losers to Cleveland, Jacksonville now stands at 3-4.
They were supposed to get their running game going against the Browns, but Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for only 53 yards and neither had a run longer than five yards. Jacksonville's success on the ground came when Garrard kept the ball -- he had seven carries for 59 yards.
The Jags have run for at least 139 yards in their three wins and Cleveland came into the game as the NFL's 26th-ranked rush defense. But Jacksonville totaled only 113 ground yards.
It was not the scenario the Jaguars were hoping for coming off their bye for a game where they expected to refortify their offensive line by plugging in center Brad Meester and right guard Chris Naeole, both coming off injuries. Meester played, but it was a bad omen when Naeole was scratched after he injured his hand in warm-ups.
Cleveland nose tackle Shaun Rogers was a real trouble-maker against the middle of the Jaguars' line, with a team-high nine tackles, a sack and a blocked field goal.
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- Jerome Solomon thinks Matt Schaub needs a publicist, as fans seem to be afraid to believe in him.
- Dunta Robinson has fun in his return to practice, writes Megan Manfull.
- Jacoby Jones wins AFC special teams player of the week honors, says John McClain.
- John McCargo fails his physical, undoing his trade to the Colts, writes Mike Chappell.
- Joseph Addai won't play in Green Bay and Kelvin Hayden had knee surgery, according to Phil Richards.
- Lucas Oil Stadium is viewed as an indoor stadium that sometimes has the roof open, writes Steve Ballard.
- Brad Meester and Chris Naeole are back in the mix for the Jaguars' offensive line, says Vito Stellino.
- Fred Taylor has switched to a safer helmet, according to Michael C. Wright.
- Gene Frenette thinks the 3-3 Jaguars are still very much in the AFC playoff picture.
Let's take a stroll around the division, shall we?
- Houston's quarterbacks aren't concerned with Albert Haynesworth's commentary on them, says Dale Robertson. Great line by Sage Rosenfels in response to Big Al's quip about how the backup QB deserves the big contract Schaub got: "When Albert becomes a general manager, I hope I'm a free agent."
- Ahman Green is doubtful, according to John McClain.
- Steve Campbell: "What the Texans can do -- if they're resilient and resourceful and resolute enough -- is give meaning to the franchise's heretofore dreary existence.
The region is hurting and will continue to do so for some time. The Texans can be a part of the healing process. They have the opportunity to uplift, even inspire, a region by rising above their circumstances."
- The Astros have offered the Texans use of Minute Maid Park if they need it, writes Jose De Jesus Ortiz.
- Alex Marvez looks at how the Texans have dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
- Mike Chappell examines The Sanders Effect: "When he's been out of the lineup during his five-year NFL career, Colts opponents have rushed for 142.8 yards per game, 5.0 per attempt. When he's been in, the numbers fall to 120.4 and 4.3,"
- Could Jeff Saturday and Dallas Clark be back for the Colts against the Jags? Phil Richards considers.
- Video: Phillip B. Wilson and Bob Kravitz talk Colts.
- Colts.com talks with Bill Polian.
- Chris Naeole is back. Vito Stellino has details.
- With Bob Sanders out, will the Jags be able to run? Michael C. Wright considers it.
- Kerry Collins on whether the Titans are his team: "I really plan on making it mine." Here is Jim Wyatt's story.
- Haynesworth on the Houston QBs from a Nashville perspective.
- Video of Collins' chat with the media, courtesy of Titansonline.com.
- If you missed it, I looked back at the Titans-Texans 2004 draft day trade that involved picks used on Jason Babin and Ben Troupe, both cut by other teams this week.