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Rapid Reaction: Texans 23, Jets 17

Rapid Reaction: Texans 23, Jets 17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Thoughts on the Houston Texans' 23-17 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium Monday night. What it means: The Texans withstood a tough challenge on the road, lost star linebacker Brian Cushing to a knee injury, and held o…
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  • Texans' Cushing out of game with knee injury

    Texans' Cushing out of game with knee injury

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    Texans linebacker Brian Cushing left Monday night's game against the Jets with a left knee injury.
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  • Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey not ready to give up on playoffs

    Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey not ready to give up on playoffs

    jacksonville.com Oct 8, 2012
    When the Indianapolis Colts fell to 4-6 in 2001, then-coach Jim Mora came up with a memorable sound bite when he was asked about the team’s playoff chances. “Ah - playoffs? Don’t talk about - playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we ca
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  • Packers RB Benson (foot) out against Texans

    Packers RB Benson (foot) out against Texans

    Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson will miss next weekend's game against the Houston Texans due to a foot injury, coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday.
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  • Report:  Suggs won’t be back for Texans game

    Report: Suggs won’t be back for Texans game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    On Sunday, a report emerged that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs could be back from a partially torn Achilles tendon by October 21, when Baltimore is scheduled to play the Texans in Houston. On Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported that Sug…
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  • Bruce Arians: I threw the red flag knowing I couldn’t challenge

    Bruce Arians: I threw the red flag knowing I couldn’t challenge

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    Bruce Arians won his first game as the Colts’ interim head coach on Sunday, but in the process he appeared at one point to make a rookie mistake: He picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the challenge flag on a play when the Packers
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  • Locker out vs. Steelers; Ringer out 4-6 weeks

    Locker out vs. Steelers; Ringer out 4-6 weeks

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Mike Munchak says quarterback Jake Locker will miss his second straight game with an injured left shoulder Thursday night when the Titans play the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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  • Ben Tate, Dustin Keller headline Texans-Jets inactive lists

    Ben Tate, Dustin Keller headline Texans-Jets inactive lists

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Houston Texans will not have backup running back Ben Tate for Monday night's game against the New York Jets.  Tate, who has 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns with nine receptions for 48 yards in four games this season, was listed as "questiona…
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  • Deadspin Up All Night: Build A Playground In Your Head

    Deadspin Up All Night: Build A Playground In Your Head

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Sean's here later to keep you on top of things while you watch Yankees-Orioles or Texans-Jets. Click here if you feel like yakking about baseball. More »
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  • Colts place Seth Olsen on injured reserve, with possible return

    Colts place Seth Olsen on injured reserve, with possible return

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    As the Colts try to move above .500, they’ll be doing it without starting guard Seth Olsen, at least for the next eight weeks. Olsen has been placed on injured reserve, with the designation to possibly return. He started the team’s first three games,
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  • Report:  Alshon Jeffery has broken hand

    Report: Alshon Jeffery has broken hand

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    Bears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery didn’t believe his hand injury was significant. Define “significant.” Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that Jeffery suffered a fracture in his right hand in Sunday’s 41-3 win over the Jaguars. Per the
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  • Jake Locker out again this week

    Jake Locker out again this week

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Titans have a quick turnaround for their Thursday nighter against the Steelers and it is going to be too quick for them to get quarterback Jake Locker back in the lineup. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean passes along word from Titans coach Mike Munchak t…
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  • What I think the Colts are thinking

    What I think the Colts are thinking

    What I think they’re thinking at the headquarters of the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon. Building teams find moments that are cornerstones and touchstones. We found an enormous one of those Sunday, coming back against the Packers for an improbable wi
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  • What I think the Titans should be thinking

    What I think the Titans should be thinking

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    What I think they’re thinking (or should be) at the headquarters of the Tennessee Titans this afternoon. We’re not holding up our end of the bargain, for sure. But are the coaches holding up theirs? Everyone connected to the offensive line and blockin
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  • What I think the Jaguars should be thinking

    What I think the Jaguars should be thinking

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    What I think they’re thinking (or should be) at the headquarters of the Jacksonville Jaguars this afternoon… What’s the end game here? Sure, Mike Mularkey is in his first year. But there isn’t enough progress and the general manager who hired him,
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  • Bears fan has throat slashed in Jacksonville bar

    Bears fan has throat slashed in Jacksonville bar

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Authorities say a Chicago Bears fan who came to Jacksonville for the Bears-Jaguars football game had his throat slashed inside a bar.
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  • Adrian Peterson has a mild ankle sprain

    Adrian Peterson has a mild ankle sprain

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    The last thing the Vikings need right now is for something to happen to upset the apple cart they’ve ridden to a 4-1 start. A bad outcome on what happened to Adrian Peterson on the second play of Sunday’s win over the Titans, for example. “The secon
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  • CJ can't run outside, Titans can't tackle

    CJ can't run outside, Titans can't tackle

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Interesting stuff from ESPN Stats & Information out of the Titans' blowout loss at Minnesota. From 2008 to 2011, Chris Johnson had four games in which he rushed for negative yards outside the tackles. He’s had three already this year. Yards per game out
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  • Harrison Smith admits fault, will be fined not suspended for re…

    Harrison Smith admits fault, will be fined not suspended for ref shove

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    Yesterday’s ref-shoving meltdown will cost Harrison Smith, but only in dollars, not games. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Smith will be fined but not suspended, after he was ejected from the Vikings’ decisive win over the Titans. Smith earned a 15-ya
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  • Mularkey: Jags have no plans to bench Gabbert

    Mularkey: Jags have no plans to bench Gabbert

    Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said he does not plan to bench quarterback Blaine Gabbert after a poor performance that led to the Jaguars falling to 1-4 with a 41-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
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  • Troy Polamalu will not play Thursday

    Troy Polamalu will not play Thursday

    Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has already been ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Titans after re-aggravating his right calf injury during Sunday’s win over the Eagles. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed at his press conference today that Polama
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  • A look at pressure, Cutler and Gabbert

    A look at pressure, Cutler and Gabbert

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Jaguars have struggled to find sacks this season, and things were no different Sunday against the Bears. Even so, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker wasn’t inclined to send extra rushers at Jay Cutler, and with good cause. It didn’t work well when t
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  • PFT Live: Redskins talk with Rich Tandler and a look back at Su…

    PFT Live: Redskins talk with Rich Tandler and a look back at Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    What was the most memorable takeaway from Sunday’s action? Was it Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass? A second straight dominant performance by the 49ers? The Colts coming back from 18 points down on
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  • Reggie Wayne fought through “severe cramps” on final drive

    Reggie Wayne fought through “severe cramps” on final drive

    The Colts’ stunning 30-27 win over the Packers has plenty of story lines.  Leave it to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports to dig up a new one. Silver reports that receiver Reggie Wayne, who generated a career-high 212 receiving yards on Sunday, overcame “s
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  • The Jets Are In Line For An Attendance Debacle Tonight

    The Jets Are In Line For An Attendance Debacle Tonight

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    It's been reported that as of Friday, the Jets had 12,000 tickets remaining unsold for tonight's game against the Texans. It's understandable. MetLife Stadium is a remarkably joyless place to watch your team lose 59-6. But there have been no whispers of…
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  • RTC: Jaguars, Titans absolutely inept

    RTC: Jaguars, Titans absolutely inept

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Reading the coverage ... Houston Texans The Texans are looking forward to showing off to a national TV audience tonight on "Monday Night Football" against the Jets at Met Life Stadium, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. Big questions…
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  • NFL morning after: Andrew Luck takes his star turn

    NFL morning after: Andrew Luck takes his star turn

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    You know that 13-play touchdown-scoring drive you saw at the end of the Colts’ win over the Packers on Sunday? That’s what a franchise quarterback is supposed to look like. Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick who had the biggest pair of shoes to fill
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  • Kris Jenkins vs. Chris Myers: The Knockdown Revisited

    Kris Jenkins vs. Chris Myers: The Knockdown Revisited

    nytimes.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Jets will have to win the battles on the line of scrimmage against the powerful Texans, as they once did.
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  • Colts' many heroes: The Colts sure made Chuck Pagano proud on S…

    Colts' many heroes: The Colts sure made Chuck Pagano proud on Sunday.…

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Colts sure made Chuck Pagano proud on Sunday. Don Banks examines Indy's 30-27 stunning upset of Green Bay, RG3's inevitably injury, an ugly week for quarterbacks and more.
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  • Video - Texans Lead After 3rd Quarter 01:05

    Texans Lead After 3rd Quarter

    Oct 8
    Tune to ESPN for live action.
  • Video - Benson Will Miss Next Week's Game 00:16

    Benson Will Miss Next Week's Game

    Oct 8
    Packers RB Cedric Benson to miss Week 6 against the Texans after foot injury in loss to Colts.
  • Video - Jets, Texans Tied After 1st Quarter 00:34

    Jets, Texans Tied After 1st Quarter

    Oct 8
    Tune to ESPN for live action.
  • Video - 'Coaches Show': Arians needs balance 03:05

    'Coaches Show': Arians needs balance

    Oct 8
    How do the Colts avoid a letdown following their emotional win? Brian Billick, Dennis Green and Steve Mariucci discuss the tough task that interim head coach Bruce Arians has ahead of him.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Arians, Colts keep beloved Pagano close to heart in stirring w…

    Oct 8
    There are a lot of stories in the naked city this morning -- the Brees ascension over the great Unitas, the 49ers playing like the '66 Packers, the air being let out of the Buffalo Counterfeit Bills, Eric Winston in a rage, Wes Welker with a needle, Chi…
  • Peter King: Arians, Colts keep beloved Pagano close to heart in stirring w…

    Oct 8
    There are a lot of stories in the naked city this morning -- the Brees ascension over the great Unitas, the 49ers playing like the '66 Packers, the air being let out of the Buffalo Counterfeit Bills, Eric Winston in a rage, Wes Welker with a needle, Chi…
  • Don Banks: Broncos were prepared mentally, but not physically, for Patriot…

    Oct 8
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- After another loss to New England was in the books -- their third in the span of 10 games, including last season's playoffs -- Champ Bailey and the rest of his Broncos teammates found the repetition of it all a little wearing.
  • Don Banks: No shortage of heroes in Colts' inspiring tribute win; more Sna…

    Oct 8
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of an offensively sloppy but memorable Week 5 in the NFL....