Tarp Coming off in Jacksonville and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

The stadium will be more full than this.
The stadium will be more full than this.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

The best thing anyone can say about Bears fans and Packers fans is that they travel.

Today's article of the day comes from Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union , who writes that the Jaguars are removing one of their tarps this week to accommodate extra demand for tickets.

The tarps have become an unfair symbol of perceived struggles for the franchise, but the NFL has given them permission to pull them temporarily to fit more patrons into the stadium for high-demand games.

While it's nice that the team will make more money, they are cutting the legs out from under their season-ticket holders by doing so.

In Indianapolis, many fans will sell tickets to the Packers game this week, allowing them to make back two to three times face value. This allows fans on a budget to afford season tickets.

When the team suddenly opens additional sections, the price for tickets on the secondary market plummets. That means fans counting on reselling premium game seats get less back.

When it comes time to renew the season tickets, that's the kind of thing that can discourage the middle and lower-middle class fan from re-upping.

It's great the Bears' fans are coming to Jacksonville, but the team should have done more to protect the investment of those who paid for the game originally.


General Interest

Andy Benoit of The Football Outsiders posts observations from the film room with thoughts on the Jaguars and Titans.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report posts the Week 5 Thinking Man's Guide.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com investigates completion percentage on short throws.


Indianapolis Colts

Phil B. Wilson of The Indianapolis Star says not to expect much from Dwight Freeney on Sunday.

Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star writes that Robert Mathis learned new tricks.

Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star talks about Coby Fleener's burgeoning writing career.

Wilson reports that Matt Overton shaved his head out of solidarity with cancer patients.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union says Jay Cutler and Maurice Jones-Drew hung out and it wasn't weird. I bet it was a little weird. Just sayin'...

Stellino writes that Laurent Robinson isn't practicing yet.


Houston Texans

Kuharsky says the offense and defense together have driven the Texans.

Dale Robertson of The Houston Chronicle says the Texans owe the Jets.

John McClain of The Houston Chronicle writes that J.J. Watt is getting a lot of attention.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky posits that Kenny Britt's absence is creating difficulties for the Titans' wideouts.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean says Jerry Gray wants to see tougher play.

Tom Gower of Total Titans asks questions about where Michael Griffin is on a variety of plays.

John Glennon of The Tennessean says the Titans have struggled to sack the quarterback.