Texans Win the Way Good Teams Win, and Other Must-Reads from the AFC South

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

Arian Foster had two scores, but they didn't come easily.
Arian Foster had two scores, but they didn't come easily.Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

The disconnect between the final score and the game on field causes consternation for fans.

The Houston Texans dominated the Miami Dolphins on the scoreboard, but fans and players alike felt unsettled after the big win.

Today's "Article of the Day" comes from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle who says expectations for the Texans amplify the negatives in an otherwise dominating win.

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle noted that fans were frustrated with the way the Texans won, and even booed during the game.

Having watched a team that dominated most of the last decade, I can console nervous Texans fans. This is what it is like to be a good team in the NFL. The Peyton Manning-led Colts used to have plenty of blowout wins that always seemed closer on the field than on the scoreboard.

Nearly all wins in the NFL are difficult because all the players are paid professionals. Even a team like Miami has things it does well, even better than a team like the Texans, Patriots or Ravens.

The mark of an elite NFL team is the ability to capitalize on the mistakes of the other team and to turn modest wins into blowouts. The Patriots did the same thing against the Titans. Tennessee moved the ball, but New England won handily.

The Texans aren't perfect, and they have flaws, but the rough patches against the Dolphins aren't cause for concern. They are just part of life in the NFL.


General Interest

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective says Week 1 does impact projections.

Rick Telander explains football to Europeans in The Browser. The interview was conducted by Eve Gerber.

Mark Schlabach profiles Kevin Kelley's effect on a big upset for ESPN.com.

The Football Outsiders audible. This is always one of the week's best reads.


Houston Texans

Erik Frenz of Bleacher Report studies Ryan Tannehill's interceptions versus the Texans.

Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle says signing Matt Schaub gives stability.

Tania Ganguli of the  Houston Chronicle outlines how the Jaguars can upset the Texans.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union says the offense may need to lead.

Shane Clemons of The Jaggernaut says the defense faces questions.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says that was a painful start.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com says Mike Mularkey is confused by foot injuries.


Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Hayes of the News-Sentinel says Andrew Luck took blame and showed leadership.

Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com says Luck was "good not great."

Derek Schultz of WNDE hands out Week 1 awards.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says the Colts await tests on Dwight Freeney's ankle.


Tennessee Titans

David Boclair of The City Paper says the Titans were the victims of human frailty.

Kuharsky says Chris Johnson's job is safe.

Boclair wonders if Kenny Britt's return was worth the wait.

John Glennon of The Tennessean says the struggles were not all Johnson's fault.