Kareem Jackson— C
It is hard to know which Kareem you will get each week. Will it be the one that shut down Calvin Johnson or the one that got burned by Kenny Britt for a touchdown?
Without Johnathan Joseph around, he draws the toughest receiver. For the Titans, that happens to be a healthy Britt. Next week, he will have to face Wes Welker or Brandon Lloyd depending on the health of Joseph.
Houston will need the Jackson from Thanksgiving Day to win in Foxboro.
Brice McCain— Inc.
He was playing his best game of the season before an injury sent him to the sidelines. His rapid return to the lineup is questionable now that he is getting around on crutches.
Brandon Harris— C-
Harris may have led the Texans with six tackles, but that was because Jake Locker decided he was the weakest link in the secondary.
He was targeted six times for 84 yards and three penalties in the process. His introduction to covering NFL receivers was rougher than a bachelor party in Tijuana. If he has to face Tom Brady next week, look out.
Roc Carmichael— C+
Carmichael looked like an easy touch, but he was only targeted five times for 28 yards. He expertly defended a couple of passes, but he could have had just as tough a game as Harris under similar conditions.
Cornerback is one the toughest jobs in football, mostly because of the pass-crazed times in which we live. Hopefully, Roc and Brandon will survive to fight another day.
Danieal Manning— B+
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains loved putting the 6’4” Jared Cook up against the 5’11” Manning. Cook took full advantage of the height difference as he caught three of his four passes on the Texans’ free safety.
But Cook was targeted 12 times, so Manning and Glover Quin foiled most of his efforts. Looking ahead to the Patriots game, they will not have to contend with Rob Gronkowski. But a trio of other New England tight ends await them.
Glover Quin— B+
Quin shares his grade with Manning because they trade coverage responsibilities depending on the situation. As a strong safety, Quin has to back up the run in the box while Manning plays back as insurance against the deep pass.