AFC South: Miles Austin

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July, 8, 2011
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AFC South Week 8 decisive moment

November, 2, 2010
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The Cowboys were poised to cut into the Jaguars’ 14-3 lead and head into intermission with things turned around.

But in four downs starting at the Jacksonville 9-yard line, Dallas couldn’t break through.

Miles Austin caught a pass out of bounds. On the next play, Jon Kitna ran for 8 yards. Then Marion Barber ran off right guard and was stopped by Daryl Smith and Kirk Morrison.

On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Barber ran off left tackle and the same duo of linebackers stuffed him.

I’m not sure, however, that Barber’s second or third effort wouldn’t have broken the plane if Justin Durant had not run down the line and made the final push to rebuff the effort.

A booth challenge was upheld and the Jaguars went into the locker room fired up. They returned and built on their 11-point lead to win with ease, 35-17.

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."