Will Texans' Johnathan Joseph Play vs. Detroit and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistNovember 21, 2012

If Joseph can't dance, Kareem Jackson will have to step up.
If Joseph can't dance, Kareem Jackson will have to step up.Bob Levey/Getty Images

The last time Johnathan Joseph was noticeably slowed with his nagging hamstring issue, Aaron Rodgers threw all over the Houston Texans.

According to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, the star cornerback is battling his hamstring again and is a game-time decision for Thursday's game.

Make no mistake, without Joseph the vaunted Texans' defense takes a serious step backwards.

Houston takes on Calvin Johnson, the league's leading wide receiver, and the Texans need their best cover man if they hope to shut him down.

Of course, with the New England Patriots lurking in Week 13, getting Joseph extra rest might not be a bad thing.

Ultimately, a loss to the Lions would matter less than a loss to the Patriots in the conference standings.

Houston has to be smart about Joseph's health. Any long-term injury would greatly compromise their Super Bowl hopes.


General Interest

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth introduces the worst football memes ever.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective asks Brian Burke if NFL teams care about advanced stats.

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts posts his weekly Captain Comeback piece with details on the Texans' win.

Vince Verhi of the Football Outsiders has this week's Quick Reads.

Bleacher Report lead writers share their Week 12 picks.

Jason Lisk of the Big Lead studies the most patient franchises.

Kacsmar writes about home-field advantage on Thursdays for NBC Sports.


Houston Texans

Jonathan Bales of the New York Times breaks down Andre Johnson's game-winner. Hat tip to Paul Kuharksy for this one.

Khaled Elsayed on ESPN.com asks if Houston has a problem with sacks. Kuharsky follows up with his own insight.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Arian Foster could have a huge Thanksgiving.

McClain says the Texans are game planning for Calvin Johnson.


Indianapolis Colts

Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority focuses on players who played well.

Phil Wilson of the Indianapolis Star says Andrew Luck suffered the same way a young Peyton Manning did in Foxboro.

Wilson says two bad defenses will match up this weekend.


Tennessee Titans

David Boclair of the City Paper says Titans' coaches broke down their own team during the bye.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean looks at Titans who must continue to play well.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Chad Henne made five key throws.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Mike Mularkey had players on defense he wanted to praise.