AFC South: 2010 Week 5 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Titans 34, Cowboys 27

October, 10, 2010
Wrapping up the Titans' 34-27 win against the Cowboys.

What it means: The Titans are right there at the top of the AFC South with a 3-2 record, same as the Texans, Jaguars and Colts. Tennessee’s the only team not yet to play a division game.

For comparison purposes: Vince Young’s passing yardage was far more modest, but so were his killer plays. I’ll take his line over Tony Romo’s for sure. Young: two touchdowns, no picks, 173 yards, three sacks. Romo: three touchdowns, three picks, 406 yards, six sacks (by four different players).

What I liked, Part I: Play-making from all three phases. Chris Johnson was back to himself, with 19 carries for 131 yards and two scores. Kenny Britt made some big catches, including a score that was probably intended for Bo Scaife in front of him and a very nice stretching grab for a key 52-yard gain on an excellent throw from Young. There were picks by Alterraun Verner, Stephen Tulloch and Michael Griffin to go with two sacks each for Jason Babin and Jason Jones. Marc Mariani kicked in with a big return again, taking a late kickoff 73 yards to set up good things.

What I liked, Part II: A reduced penalty day with just four for 40 yards compared to the Cowboys (12 for 133) was a good sign that Jeff Fisher and his staff preached about how flags were slowing the team down and players responded.

What I didn’t like: There are a lot of big plays in 406 passing yards, including nine catches for 166 yards and a touchdown for Miles Austin. But giving up big yards is a lot less of a concern in a win.

What’s next: The Titans finally get an AFC South game with a trip to Jacksonville for "Monday Night Football."

Wrap-up: Giants 34, Texans 10

October, 10, 2010
The New York Giants topped the Houston Texans 34-10 on Sunday.

What it means: Houston’s one-game lead on the division is gone and the Texans stand even at 3-2 with the Colts and Jaguars. The Titans could be there too if they hold on in their late Sunday afternoon game against Dallas.

What I didn’t like, offense: A rushing average of 1.6 yards. Eleven first downs. Eighteen percent on third down. Just 21:09 of possession. One drive all game over six plays, and it covered only 35 yards.

What I didn’t like, defense: No sacks of and just four hits on Eli Manning on 42 attempts. A dozen receptions by Hakeem Nicks for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Goat: Matt Schaub protection let him down and he faced a lot of pressure, struggling as he was sacked three times. He didn’t throw a touchdown, he tossed a pick and lost a fumble and he posted a passer rating of 53.1.

What’s next: Houston hosts Kansas City following the Chiefs first loss of the season, to the Colts, who the Texans beat on opening day.

Wrap-up: Jaguars 36, Bills 26

October, 10, 2010
Here are some thoughts on the Jaguars 36-26 win over the Bills.

What it means: The Jaguars moved to 3-2, as good as anybody else in the division and they also have a division win in hand. They didn’t get down on themselves early when they trailed and followed up their upset of the Colts with a solid win that sets them up nicely for the national spotlight heading their way.

Hero: David Garrard put together another very solid game without looking for the long stuff. With no pass more than 27 yards, he completed 16-of-20 for 178 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, a lost fumble, two sacks and a 122.5 passer rating.

What I liked: In his first NFL game, running back and return man Deji Karim made a significant contribution. He carried 15 times for 70 yards and returned four kickoffs for 145 yards including a 51 yarder. The Jaguars average start after a kickoff was the 39-yard line.

What I liked, Part II: A week after his 59-yard game winner, Josh Scobee kept up a perfect season. He nailed field goals of 49, 49, 34, 40 and 46 yards.

What’s next: The Jaguars get their biggest national moment of the regular season when they host the Titans on "Monday Night Football."