Texans Fans Build an Identity and Other Must-Reads from Around the AFC South

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

It takes time for a fanbase to build an identity.

Today's article of the day comes from Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle who encourages fans to register their "fan-cestry" for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets.

Stradley, a friend of the AFC South blog, can also win tickets if you register. Given that hers is one of the most consistent and pervasive voices in Texans' coverage, it would be wonderful if readers would would support her efforts.

Promos like this are fun, but they also help identify and form perceptions of fanbases.

The Texans are a young franchise, still developing. Professional football has been around Houston for decades, but there is still a long way to go to cement people's connection with the Texans.

Obviously, a Super Bowl trip would go a long way toward accomplishing that, and if you help Stradley out, both of you could get a chance to see your team play in New Orleans.


General Interest

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective says drafting a quarterback can get you fired.

Pete Schulman of 303 Magazine interviews Aaron Schatz.

Chris Brown on Grantland says Peyton Manning used some old plays in his big comeback.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post says a young boy named Peyton Manning has unexpected difficulties.

Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus looks at which linebackers are actually good at stopping the run.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report has his Thinking Man's Guide to Week 7.


Houston Texans

Schatz on ESPN.com says the Texans could get upset (pay wall).

Andy Benoit of the Football Outsiders has a look at film of the Texans and Ravens.

Jamison Hensley and Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com go head to head on the Ravens and Texans.

Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle asks what's going on with the Texans secondary.


Indianapolis Colts

Tom James of the Tribune-Star says Andrew Luck wants to win now.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star lists his all time favorite Colts to interview.

Kuharsky of ESPN.com says Dwight Freeney could battle his ankle all year.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star says Luck is better off learning on the fly.


Tennessee Titans

David Boclair of The City Paper says Jamie Harper is a goal-line option.

Boclair relays Matt Hasselbeck's encouragement to Jake Locker about his injury.

Jim Wyatt and John Glennon of the Tennessean say the Titans want to run on the Bills.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times says Shad Khan built his fortune in Illinois.

Stuart says it's time for the Jaguars to give up on Blaine Gabbert.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars don't want to be the worst of the worst.


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