Texans' players feel poor starts are big reason for 0-3 in NFL
Houston Texans: The club is one of three 0-3 teams in the NFL, and the players feel their poor starts are a big reason. "Every game this year we've started slow and we've lost three games by 15 points," safety Tyrann Mathieu said. "It's not like guys are just blowing us out. We're really beating ourselves." Mathieu said the leadership, passion, and intensity must improve. Defensive end J.J. Watt sees a lot of inconsistency. "We need to start fast, and we need to finish stronger," Watt said. "We figure it out for a little while in the middle, and we need to come up with a solution as to why and how we can get it going early and finish stronger at the end."
Indianapolis Colts: Rumblings that quarterback Andrew Luck's passing shoulder is still not at full strength picked up Sunday as he averaged 4.1 yards per attempt in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Backup Jacoby Brissett was called on to throw a last-second Hail Mary pass -- a decision Luck said was proper -- as coach Frank Reich wanted to make sure the ball reached the end zone. Reich said he is pleased with Luck's arm strength. "What I've seen is he makes all the throws," Reich said. "There's been plenty of throws down the field, in my mind ... I've seen a guy who is extremely accurate. I have no concerns about velocity."
Jacksonville Jaguars: Defensive tackle Malik Jackson is ready to contest a lowering of the head penalty he received in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. The call negated a Jacksonville fumble recovery as the officials determined Jackson used the crown of his helmet to hit Titans quarterback Blaine Gabbert (who sustained a concussion) in the head. "I hope once I kind of talk to them about it, they see what I see," Jackson said. "If they can't tell me what to do better or different, then I don't think I should be fined. ... Nobody's dirty on this team. Nobody's going out to try to hurt people or get people out of the game."
Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota is still experiencing elbow issues, but he will be back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Blaine Gabbert is in concussion protocol after being knocked out of last Sunday's game by the Jaguars, and his availability won't be firmed up until later in the week. Mariota is bothered by numbness and tingling in his fingers that is affecting his throwing. "It's what he feels like he can handle physically with his recovery, and what the trainers feel like is best for him," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Mariota. "We'll do what's best for Marcus as he continues to come back. But we'll give him everything he can handle, and he'll tell us what he can handle and what he can't physically."