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On a terrible defensive day, the Texans never felt a sense of panic as they came back against the Jaguars for an overtime win, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Can they come from behind? That was one question a lot of us thought the Texans might not be able to provide a good answer to. Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle says we can now check off that box.
To which I say: The week before in nasty weather in Chicago, the Texans spoke of being able to win any kind of game. They showed their versatility again with this one.
Randy Harvey of the Chronicle wonders: What happened to the defense?
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph has a pulled hamstring, says the Chronicle.
To which I say: It would hurt to be without him Thursday in Detroit as Joseph would line up against Calvin Johnson, the most dangerous receiver in the NFL.
On a crucial Jacksonville drive, the Texans batted a bunch of Chad Henne’s passes, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.
J.J. Watt’s strayed from his typical sack celebration to send a special message, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
Matt Schaub matched Warren Moon for the second-most prolific passing game in league history, and Moon told McClain he was happy for Schaub.
“Though the win didn't come in the manner or by the margin they expected, there is still plenty to be encouraged about for Texans fans,” writes Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. “The team did pull off a come-from-behind win and showed resilience in the face of a determined opponent.”
Defense was optional in this one, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star thinks the Colts should watch “Argo” or “Lincoln” instead of tape of the blowout in New England. “Consign this game to the dustbin of history. Look. This happens in New England.”
It took 61 seconds for the Patriots to catch the Colts and create some separation, says Mike Chappell of the Star.
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski haunted the Colts' defense, says Phil Richards of the Star.
Reggie Wayne’s milestone took a backseat on a bad night, says Richards.
Tom Brady “stands back, takes stock of the weekly challenges and goes about devising ways to obliterate the swagger of the opposing defense,” says Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston. “The latest victim on Sunday was the Indianapolis Colts and their rookie quarterback, Andrew Luck.”
Luck was off and the Patriots were on, says Judy Battista of the New York Times.
Luck and the Colts got an up-close lesson about what it takes to be elite, says Don Banks of SI.com.
A glimmer of hope was dashed when the Jaguars found a way to blow a two-touchdown lead, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Mike Mularkey should keep Chad Henne in place as the starting quarterback, says Gene Frenette of the T-U. “As much as the Jaguars don't want to give any appearance of giving up on (Blaine) Gabbert, there's no denying the incredible spark that Henne provided against the NFL's second-ranked defense.”
To which I say: I wrote the same thing. With some momentum, there is no justifying turning away from it.
For much of the season, Justin Blackmon looked lost and confused and didn’t make much of a contribution. On Sunday he exploded, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.
The pass defense was defenseless against Schaub, says O’Halloran.
The conversation has changed and Henne is very much in it, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.
The Titans know they have to beware of the prankster Sen’Derrick Marks, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “I hear the name Sen’Derrick,” safety Jordan Babineaux said while surveying his surroundings, “and I have to start patting for my wallet to make sure it’s still there.”
The Titans’ playoff possibilities are slim, but they still exist, says David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper.