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If the Texans defeat Minnesota at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, they’ll secure home-field advantage for Houston for the first time in the Super Bowl era, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Gary Kubiak said it would be huge for the fans.
Andre Johnson is in the midst of the best eight-game stretch of his career, says McClain.
Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports looks at all the things J.J. Watt causes.
The Colts remain optimistic that Chuck Pagano will resume his role as head coach on Monday when Indianapolis begins to prepare for its regular-season finale against the Texans, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
Bruce Arians’ desire for big plays has landed him some criticism for being too aggressive, but chunk plays can demoralize and opponent, says Marcus Dugan of Colts Authority.
To which I say: I didn’t think I’d ever see the day where fans, who always beg for play-calling aggression, complain about it.
Zak Keefer of the Star breaks down two plays by Watt against the Colts from Sunday.
Just a year in to his term, Mike Mularkey’s got a 2-12 team and an uncertain future, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
To which I say: My gut feeling is the team will hire a new general manager who is willing to inherit Mularkey.
Maurice Jones-Drew will test his injured foot today and is questionable for the Patriots game, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.
To which I say: Honestly, with two games left and only draft position at stake, you have to wonder why they don’t just shut him down at this point. Maybe you want to show he’s recovered to give yourself an option to move him with one year left on his contract?
The Jaguars have had touchdowns reversed the last two weeks and wound up with no points on those drives, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.
The Titans were relieved to end a losing streak, but had to sweat it out against the Jets Monday night, even though New York was giving the ball away regularly, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Chris Johnson’s shoes were a big story on the night that he ran for a 94-yard touchdown, says David Climer of The Tennessean.
“The Titans confused and battered Mark Sanchez, nullified Tim Tebow and neutralized a Jets’ ground-and-pound attack that had been very effective over the past two weeks,” writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.
To which I say: Tennessee's defensive improvement continues, but the Jets sure did help them out in this one.