RTC: Will Texans be flat against Jaguars?

November, 18, 2012
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Houston Texans

Five questions heading into the Texans' game against the Jaguars from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Will Houston have a letdown and how can Jacksonville match up?

Ben Tate is out for a third consecutive game with a hamstring injury, but Owen Daniels is optimistic he will play, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

The Texans will come out flat against the Jaguars, predicts Lance Zierlein of The Sideline View.

To which I say: Pit flat Texans against sharp Jaguars and I still think Houston would be a big favorite.

Indianapolis Colts

Even without Peyton Manning, the Colts-Patriots game features plenty of quarterback intrigue, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Former Patriot Darius Butler is finding a home in Indianapolis, says Richards.

To which I say: He was great in his first game as a Colts starter and they desperately need him. But a lot of fans are getting a bit carried away too early. Let’s see what he does today.

Bruce Arians shares three keys to the game with the team's website. (Video.)

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars simply don’t find may big pass plays, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, who illustrates with a Blaine Gabbert-to-Cecil Shorts play gone bad. It also includes a list of every 20-yard Jaguars pass this season.

“Mentally, Blaine has made strides,” quarterback coach Greg Olson told O’Halloran. “Not as big of a stride as we would like to see. … Consistency [has to improve], no question. As an offense, period. But it all starts with the quarterback. We all know that.”

Since the Jaguars pulled off a Hail Mary pass to beat the Texans, the teams have gone in different directions, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Jaguars fans passed along this graphic with details on EverBank Field’s size and providing context for the unfamiliar.

To which I say: As badly as the Jaguars have played at home, there is not a big reason to show up. But people have. And Shad Khan’s done well to do whatever he’s had to in order to quash the ticket issue.

Tennessee Titans

Quinn Johnson has earned increasing playing time as the Titans' fullback because he’s helped things get better, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

To which I say: I’m not a big fullback guy, but Johnson’s definitely had a good effect on Chris Johnson, because he’s done some things that the offensive line hasn’t been able to do.

The turnaround from one week to the next for the Titans was the 16th biggest swing in NFL history, according to Football Geography.

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