• It’s not difficult to land on the Houston Texans as the muscle in the AFC right now, but they’ve got a little something I call the Northwestern Wyoming A&T problem — they haven’t played anybody. They’re like a big-time college program in that they’ve had two daisies on the schedule early, so sure, they look great, but I’m curious to see what happens when they have to shut down someone not named Gabbert or Tannehill. • The decision for the second spot was between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, and the Broncos beat the Steelers, so the Broncos should get it, right? Not that simple. For one thing, I’m the kind of maverick that doesn’t play by the rules. Second, I loved Pittsburgh’s effort against the New York Jets on Sunday. On offense, they were efficient and smothering, holding the Jets defense down with a pillow over their face. Defensively, they stonewalled Shonn Greene and squeezed the life out of Mark Sanchez (fine, so those aren’t great examples of offensive thoroughbreds), and they did this without Troy Polamalu and James Harrison.
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The absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 2 (Shutdown Corner)