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Reading the coverage: Texans unproductive in red zone

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>A big win for the ttans. A bad los for the Texans. A day off for the Colts and Jaguars.</p> <p>Here's what's been written about the four members of the AFC South.Â*</p> <p>I'm planning a big mailbag for Christmas Day -- that requires your help <a href="http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/mailbagESPN?event_id=21417" shape="rect" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Houston Texans</strong></p> <p>The Texans suffered a <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6176806.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">deflating defeat</a> that ruined the goodwill and killed the euphoria created by a four-game winning streak, writes John McClain.</p> <p>Richard Justice says <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6176724.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">a bad play</a> call on a crucial fourth down hurt the Texans badly in Oakland.</p> <p>The red zone was <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6176760.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">a black hole</a> for the Texans, says Dale Robertson.</p> <p>Houston's defense <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6176717.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">couldn't contain Oakland</a>, says McClain.</p> <p>Kicker Kris Brown hit <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6176759.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">a couple milestones</a>, according to Robertson.</p> <p><strong>Indianapolis Colts</strong></p> <p>The Colts won't know where they are going for <a href="http://www.indystar.com/article/20081222/SPORTS03/812220364/1058/SPORTS03" shape="rect" target="_blank">Wild Card weekend</a> until the AFC West is settled Sunday night with the Broncos-Chargers game, says Phillip B. Wilson.</p> <p>Wilson expects an <a href="http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2008/12/hello_san_diego.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">Indy-at-San Diego</a> Wild Card game.</p> <p><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars</strong></p> <p>Despite a bruised knee that had him sit out a rare Sunday practice, Maurice Jones-Drew <a href="http://www.jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2008-12-22/toughness_no_small_matter_to_drew_who_plans_to_play" shape="rect" target="_blank">intends to play</a> in Baltimore, says Vito Stellino.</p> <p>A Jags fan in the military is <a href="http://www.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2008-12-22/loyal_jaguars_fan_earns_salute_from_topps_nfl_cards" shape="rect" target="_blank">among those honored</a> with a card in a new Topps collection, writes Timothy J. Gibbons.</p> <p>A practice squader <a href="http://www.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2008-12-22/loyal_jaguars_fan_earns_salute_from_topps_nfl_cards" shape="rect" target="_blank">was arrested</a> Sunday and charged with driving with a revoked or suspended license, reports Deirdre Conner.</p> <p><strong>Tennessee Titans</strong></p> <p>The Titans <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/SPORTS01/812220323/1002/SPORTS" shape="rect" target="_blank">grabbed home field advantage</a> throughout the playoffs by beating Pittsburgh, writes Jim Wyatt.</p> <p>Subbing for Albert Haynesworth, Jason Jones had <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/SPORTS01/812220318/1027" shape="rect" target="_blank">a huge game</a>, says Gary Estwick.</p> <p>David Climer says the Titans <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/COLUMNIST0202/812220338/1002" shape="rect" target="_blank">got their edge back</a>.</p> <p>Joe Biddle says Kerry Collins <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/COLUMNIST0201/812220322/1002" shape="rect" target="_blank">had his "A" game</a>.</p> <p>Pete Prisco <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/sportsline/main11185782.shtml" shape="rect" target="_blank">considers</a> the Titans defense.</p> <p>Alex Marvez writes that every time a favorite is established in the AFC, <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8974926/Every-AFC-'favorite'-has-been-knocked-down-in-'08" shape="rect" target="_blank">it gets knocked back</a>.</p> <p>Michael Silver talks with Jeff Fisher about how this was the game the Titans <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AvsyIfK3qoBoYKIh.ZpjrKo5nYcB?slug=ms-morningrush122208&prov=yhoo&type=lgns" shape="rect" target="_blank">were waiting to play</a>.</p> <p>Rick Gosselin looks at <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/columnists/rgosselin/stories/122208dnspogooselede.8baf324.html" shape="rect" target="_blank">the Titans' depth</a> on the D-line.</p> <p>Steve Wyche of NFL.com says the Titans proved to themselves <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80d86525&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true" shape="rect" target="_blank">they are legit</a>.</p> <p>Justin Gage's TD catch came with a big pop from Troy Polamalu. The Tennessean's <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/SPORTS01/812220324/1027" shape="rect" target="_blank">notebook</a>.</p> <p>Wyatt's <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/SPORTS01/812220326/1002" shape="rect" target="_blank">report card</a>.</p> <p>Biddle's <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/SPORTS01/812220317/1002" shape="rect" target="_blank">four downs</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081222/SPORTS01/812220316/1002" shape="rect" target="_blank">After two interceptions</a>, Michael Griffin lobbied for a play on offense, Estwick.</p>

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