NFL Nation: Davis Garrard
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Before we head for the airport and make our way back to Nashville for a belated Thanksgiving, here are your morning headlines from around the division.
- After a good rest, the Texans returned for a short Thanksgiving practice, says Dale Robertson.
- The Texans are wary of dual threat David Garrard, writes Robertson.
- Houston has failed to keep pace with several teams it beat last season, according to John McClain.
- Ron Jaworski tells McClain what he thinks of the Texans on film.
- With Bob Sanders looking to be out in Cleveland, Melvin Bullitt is ready, again. Details from Mike Chappell.
- The Colts are waiting on Sanders' knee, says Tom James.
- Phil Richards looks at the Dawson family, which has one son in Iraq and another playing for the Colts.
- A look at some turkeys so far this season, from Phillip B. Wilson.
- Andre Johnson knows exactly how the Jaguars feel, says Michael C. Wright.
- Steve Weatherford could challenge Adam Podlesh in training camp next year, writes Vito Stellino.
- A thrashing of the Lions was good therapy for the Titans just four days after their first loss of the season, says Jim Wyatt.
- A dominating defense returned for the Titans in Detroit, according to Gary Estwick.
- Vince Young saw action in a mop-up role, writes Wyatt.
- Joe Biddle's four downs from Detroit.
- Wyatt's report card features two A-pluses and two A's.
- Fullback Ahmard Hall showed off what he can do with the ball in his hands, from The Tennessean's notebook.
The Jaguars identity is based on their run game.
When they fell to 0-2 to open the season, it was in large part because they could not get it going on the ground. When they bounced back with two consecutive wins, it was largely because they rediscovered life with 236 and 139 rushing yards in wins over division rivals Indianapolis and Houston.
Against the Steelers tonight, a team they'd beaten four times in a row, Jacksonville managed just 38 net yards rushing -- 19 from Fred Taylor, 12 from David Garrard and 7 from Maurice Jones-Drew. The result was a 26-21 loss to Pittsburgh.
It's pretty simple but it's holding true for them this season. Run well and win, don't and lose.
At 2-3, they now have to get ready for a trip to Denver. The good news is the Broncos ranked 24th against the run at the start of the day, giving up 132.8 ground yards a game and while they beat Tampa Bay 16-13, they allowed the Buccaneers 139 rushing yards.