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By PFW staff

Here are some of the whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC South:

• David Garrard is at his best when he's playing against a defense that struggles against the run and he isn't asked to drop back more than 20 times in a game. He has been outstanding the past couple of games, but don't be surprised if he struggles against better overall teams this season.

Second-year Texans FS Troy Nolan appears likely to remain the starter over veteran Eugene Wilson. Nolan's playmaking ability — he had a pair of interceptions in Houston's Week Four win at Oakland — works in his favor, the way we hear it.

Texans DE Mark Anderson was inactive in his first game with Houston in Week Five, but the former Bear is expected to play in Week Six vs. Kansas City as the Texans look to bolster their pass rush. Another ex-Bear, DE Adewale Ogunleye, has appeared in three games as a reserve with Houston to date. The Texans had one sack in Week Six, with DT Amobi Okoye tackling Chiefs QB Matt Cassel for a 12-yard loss on the final play of the game.

Although the rushing game hasn't really improved, the Colts are not unhappy with the performance of the offensive line. Two newcomers, OLG Jamey Richard and ORG Mike Pollak, are hanging in there. Pollak is playing with more confidence than he had shown in the past, and Richard, considering he is learning a new position, has been OK. Veteran ORT Ryan Diem has surprisingly been the most uneven of the group.

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