AFC South: rapid reaction 4

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The Jaguars are feeling a lot better about themselves tonight, having pulled to 2-2 with their overtime win over Houston.

David Garrard played the sort of mistake-free game that was such a boon to last year's team. And from what I saw he really took things over late, with a few of his seven runs for 41 yards, including his TD run, coming in the clutch.

The Texans didn't fly back to Houston happy, having come so close to getting their first win.

But there has to be some sense of relief over the way Matt Schaub responded to a week of talk, from the outside, about Sage Rosenfels replacing him.

Schaub was not sacked and game statisticians credited the Jaguars with just four QB hits. Like most QBs, he's a different player when he's got time and space. In this game it translated to 307 yards, three touchdowns with no picks and a 119.5 passer rating.

The thing is, how often are the Texans going to be able to provide him with that time and space?

Rapid Reaction: Titans 30, Vikings 17

September, 28, 2008

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Build a lead with an offense keyed around the run game and efficient passing. Play stifling defense while forcing turnovers. Leave an opponent that needs to run it in a setting where it has to throw.

That's a script the Titans like and it's the one they executed to get to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history with their win over Minnesota.

Tennessee's toughest games are down the road, but it's hard not to feel like it's building something special.

Good Titans teams have traditionally won a lot of close games. So far, the 2008 Titans are winning by an average of two touchdowns. They held Adrian Peterson to 80 yards. And against a team with very good offensive and defensive lines, they won in the trenches on both sides.