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Houston Texans

The Chargers potent passing possibilities could be trouble for the Texans, says Jeffrey Martin.

Kris Brown is not nostalgic about playing against his old team, says John McClain.

Kevin Walter has slowed down after a hot start, says McClain.

Richard Justice intends to support Gary Kubiak.

Statistics don’t’ tell the full story on Walter, says Anna-Megan Raley.

A look at the defensive problems with Pro Football Focus, from Stephanie Stradley.

Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning was No. 8 on the NFL Network’s list of all-time players. (Video.)

John Clayton told JMV he thinks Anthony Gonzalez is out for a significant period of time, writes Stampede Blue. Anthony Calhoun reports the same.

Make a big mistake and coaches and management usually do their best to help you out, writes Phillip Wilson.

Jim Caldwell is navigating all the distractions, says Bob Kravitz.

Clint Session’s availability is in doubt, says Mike Chappell.

Session is not going on IR at this point, says Aaron Wilson.

The defensive challenge is to slow Michael Vick, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Looking at specifics of injuries like Session’s, with Laura Calaway.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Terrance Knighton is heeding the advice of his grandmother, says Tania Ganguli.

Courtney Greene and Don Carey were both fined for hits against the Cowboys, says Vito Stellino.

The Jags are becoming a good story, says Vic Ketchman of jaguars.com.

Vince Manuwai powered through, says Alfie Crow.

A close look at David Garrard, with Andrew Hofheimer.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans have to find ways to get Randy Moss involved, says Jim Wyatt.

David Climer gives a thumbs up to the Moss move.

Playing with what Moss has said in the past, with Climer.

Mike Heimerdinger sees Moss as a good fit, says David Boclair.

The Moss addition is a good one, says Mike Wilkening. (Hat tip to Music City Miracles.)

Could Vince Young become like Daunte Culpepper, asks Shutdown Corner.

Ernie Sims got a $50,000 fine for a hit on Lavelle Hawkins, says Marcus Hayes.

Notes on David Garrard's fantastic day

November, 1, 2010
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David Garrard’s excellent performance in the Jaguars’ 35-17 win in Dallas on Sunday got ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sport Bureau revving.

The best of what Stats and Info came up with:
  • He was only the second quarterback since the 1970 merger with four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a road win. Trent Green did it in 2000.
  • Garrard's four passing touchdowns tied a Jaguars single-game record.
  • Garrard completed his first 12 passes of the game, one shy of the team record for most consecutive completions held by Mark Brunell, who had 13 straight in 1996 and 2003.
  • The Jaguars score at least 35 points on the road for the second time this season (they scored 36 at Buffalo in Week 5), the first time they've had two road games with at least 35 points in the same season.
The best of Elias Sport Bureau’s notes:
  • Garrard threw four touchdown passes in a win at Dallas, six days after Eli Manning did the same. It was only the second time in Cowboys history that an opposing team scored on four or more touchdown passes in two consecutive home games. The first time it happened, the games were in two different seasons, and the quarterbacks were Eli Manning in the 2007 season opener and Jon Kitna, Dallas’ quarterback Sunday, for the Lions in the 2006 finale.
  • Garrard completed his first 12 passes in the Jaguars' win, the longest completion streak at any point in any game against the Cowboys since Steve Beuerlein started 12-for-12 for the Panthers in a loss at Dallas in 1998.
  • Tracking back to 1960, Garrard’s passer rating of 157.8 was the highest ever against the Cowboys, passing Jay Fiedler (156.0 for the 2003 Dolphins), Daunte Culpepper (147.1 for the 2004 Vikings) and Brunell (146.4 for the 2000 Jaguars).
  • Since 2000, only three quarterbacks have had a first half where they completed every pass and threw two touchdowns. Garrard on Sunday, Peyton Manning for Indy on Dec. 17, 2009, and Randall Cunningham for Dallas in Sept. 10, 2000.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- LenDale White has 15 rushing touchdowns.

Chris Johnson has nine.

One more for the rookie, and the Titans two-headed backfield will join a short list.

Here's what I found in the mailbag that got me started on this subject:

Will from Burbank asked: If Chris Johnson scores one more rushing touchdown that will give him 10 on the ground joining Lendale White with double digits for touchdowns. Is there anything historic in that accomplishment? A lot has been made about Jacobs and Ward rushing for 1,000 yards. Is there anything to say about dual double digit touchdown teammates?

Mark Simon of ESPN Research checked it out with the Elias Sports Bureau, and it turns out Will's question was a great one. If Johnson scores on the ground Sunday in Indianapolis, he and White will become just the third set of teammates in league history to each record double-digit rushing TDs.

It hasn't been done since 2002, and it hasn't been done by two running backs since 1975.

"That would be real big," Johnson said.

"You would expect that if you are running it well and both backs are getting ample carries over the course of the year," coach Jeff Fisher said.

"I think there'd be a lot of satisfaction in that," left tackle Michael Roos said. "Hopefully they'd get some satisfaction out of getting us something nice. Two over ten would be great for them, it would be great for our whole offense. Hopefully we can make it happen."

Teammates with 10+ rush touchdowns each:

1960:  Green Bay -- B Paul Hornung 13; Jim Taylor 11
1975:  Baltimore -- Don McCauley 10; Lydell Mitchell 11
2002   Minnesota -- Daunte Culpepper 10; Moe Williams 11

 
 AP Photo/Paul Sancya
 Chris Johnson (28) and LenDale White both rushed for more than 100 yards on Thursday in the win over the Lions.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

DETROIT -- Give the members of the Lions' defense credit for this: They run hard to the ball.

Rather, the Lions run hard to where they think the ball is heading.

As Titans coaches, working a short week, broke down Detroit, they saw opportunities for misdirections, bootlegs, play-action and anything that got the Lions started in one direction when the Titans actually planned to go somewhere else.

It started with a play-action fake and an end-around to Brandon Jones that went for 28 yards and it kept going from there, all the way to a 47-10 win. They've been playing football in Detroit on Thanksgiving since 1934, and they've never given up so many points or lost by so much.

"They flow real hard so the plan was to start out with every misdirection play we had to get them to slow down a little bit maybe," offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger said. "They all worked. They changed their defense. We hit them with a couple later, but we kind of took the air out of the ball and just ran some straight-up stuff."

"They bit a lot on the misdirection plays," running back LenDale White said. "And we figured as long as we kept running them we could get a lot of yards off them."

Yes, it was against the woeful 0-12 Lions.

But it still made me wonder if last week's loss to the Jets didn't amount to some sort of misdirection play, too.

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