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AFC South News and Rumors
ESPN.com Updated Nov 14, 2012
For a long time, Colts vs. Patriots has meant Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. Sunday's matchup at Gillette Stadium is the first of the post-Manning era for the Colts. That doesn't mean it loses its intrigue. Rallying behind ill coach Chuck Pagano and let …Upvote Share Tweet
Fan voting for the Pro Bowl tends to be a joke in my eyes. The evidence so far, from an AFC South perspective: Houston's Duane Brown, who's been just dominating, is fourth among AFC tackles. Houston's Antoine Caldwell, who’s no longer the starter at rigUpvote Share TweetThe NFL fined Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit last Sunday on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Nov 14, 2012PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing for first place in the AFC North without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Upvote Share TweetThe Raiders brought in some veteran linebacker depth, signing Omar Gaither Wednesday. Gaither has 40 career starts, between stints with the Eagles and Panthers. He was in camp with the Texans this summer. He replaced Travis Goethel, who was placed on on…Upvote Share TweetColts cornerback Darius Butler is on his second team of the season, but just won his first award. Butler was named AFC defensive player of the week after a standout performance in the Colts win over the Jaguars. He had two interceptions, returning one f…Upvote Share Tweet
Gabbert's steps forward too incrementalI’m not in Jacksonville and was not a part of today’s media Q&A with coach Mike Mularkey. Some of the primary reporters there -- Ryan O’Halloran, Gene Frenette and Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, Mark Long of AP, John Oehser of the team’Upvote Share TweetThe Colts have gotten into the habit of ruling out cornerback Vontae Davis and tight end Coby Fleener early in the week and it isn’t a habit they’re ready to break just yet. Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that both players will miss this week’s gUpvote Share Tweet
Colts may want to back off against BradyThe AFC South is sort of all or nothing with regards to blitzing. The Texans send five or more pass-rushers at the quarterback 44.6 percent of the time, the most in the league. The Colts are third at 41.6 percent. Meanwhile the Titans and Jaguars sit ba…Upvote Share TweetChicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould said the Soldier Field grounds crew made a critical error in leaving the stadium's playing surface uncovered in the hours leading up to a 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Jaguars' penalty-referee reportjacksonville.com Nov 14, 2012On the Big Whistle Sunday for the Jaguars-Texans game is Clete Blakeman: A look at Blakeman’s crew this year: Week 4: Vikings 20, at Lions 13 (Minnesota 5 penalties-87 yards, Detroit 5-72). Week 5: Browns 27, at Giants 41 (Cleveland 10-91, Giants 3-25).Upvote Share Tweetjacksonville.com Nov 14, 2012Want to know why Houston is tied with Atlanta for the NFL’s best record (8-1)? The numbers tell the story and show why the Texans are a 15.5-point favorite Sunday over the Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. A look at the statistics: *The Jaguars and Texans havUpvote Share Tweet
How AFC South QBs measure upLet’s have a look at how the quarterbacks of the AFC South are faring in passer rating and QBR, shall we? Passer rating maxes out at 158.3; QBR goes to 100. Here’s ESPN.com's QBR file. For a game, QBR can be interpreted as a percentile, so a score ofUpvote Share Tweet
Peyton is nailing down his next $40 millionBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning soon will be able to buy a lot more pizza franchises. Overlooked in the stunning performance of the four-time MVP is that he has all but guaranteed that the Broncos will opt to unlock the next two years of his contract…Upvote Share Tweet
Titans in search of utilizing Kenny Britt more effectivelyThe Tennessee Titans plan on using their bye week to find if they can use wide receiver Kenny Britt more effectively. Britt manged just two catches for 36 yards in the Titans’ 37-3 win over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Britt was targeted six times buUpvote Share Tweet
Countdown Daily Prediction: Jaguars-TexansNov 14The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Jacksonville at Houston
Countdown Daily AccuScore: JAC-HOUNov 14Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Jaguars-Texans
Countdown Daily AccuScore: IND-NENov 14Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Colts-Patriots
Clayton mailbag: Backup QBs under microscopeNov 14With four starters being injured in Week 10, the state of the NFL's backup quarterback situation is about to come into focus, writes John Clayton.