Texans Get a New Nickname and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 3, 2013

Joseph has been left in the dust too often recently.
Joseph has been left in the dust too often recently.Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

So much for the "Bulls on Parade."

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the national media is down on the Texans, and he's coined a new nickname for them.

It's time for the "Elephants on Parade."

The line is a reference to one of the weirdest scenes from any Disney movie. It's a classic in which Dumbo gets drunk and hallucinates.

That has to be about how Houston fans are feeling these days.

Just a month ago, the Texans were on top of the world, but now, many are questioning whether or not they can even beat the Bengals at home, let alone march all the way to New Orleans.

Setting aside all the normal blather about momentum and attitude, the only relevant question to the Texans' postseason is whether or not they are good enough to win in New England and in Denver in back-to-back weeks.

We know they can beat the Broncos, but are they even capable of competing with the Pats should they be so fortunate as to play them?

Ironically, they may be the team best built to deal with bad weather in the AFC, so they could have a better chance against the top quarterbacks outside than inside.

It doesn't matter who is down on Houston right now. Their season isn't over quite yet.

They just need to get the elephants to stampede a little.


General Interest

Phil Birnbaum of Sabermetric Research has great thoughts on the nature of luck in sports.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report lists the biggest flaw of each playoff team.

Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.com posts his All-Rookie team.

Pro Football Focus names an All-Pro team.

Barry Petchesky of Deadspin notes you can complete a full circle where each team beats another in 2012.


Houston Texans

Tania Ganguli and Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle say the Texans are thin at linebacker.

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle ponders whether the Texans can be fixed.


Indianapolis Colts

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com outlines the rules for teams wanting to interview Bruce Arians.

Kacsmar, this time on Colts Authority, tracks Luck's play.

Ben Savage of Colts Authority breaks down the Indy defense against Houston.


Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans has a hard time picking an offensive MVP for 2012.

John Glennon of the Tennessean says Matt Hasselbeck feels good about being a backup.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Kuharsky of ESPN.com thinks about the No. 2 pick.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union has another name for the GM watch list.