Brown1. Kris Brown, Texans kicker: For the second time in the Texans’ last two games, Brown had a chance to force overtime with a field goal within his range and failed.
Monday night at the end of the Titans-Texans game his 49-yarder was wide left from the start. Earlier he missed a 49-yarder wide right. Houston’s counts on Brown to make those. Does Gary Kubiak lose some faith and play differently in the build up to late-game chances?
2. Houston’s rushing offense: For some reason, the Texans thought a power back would have a better chance against the Titans than the shiftier Steve Slaton. Perhaps the fumble concerns linger.
But Brown only got 3.3 yards per carry on 11 touches, while Slaton was nearly a yard better on only five carries. In all, 17 carries and 57 yards are not enough to balance out the offense.
3. Nick Harper, Titans cornerback: Jeff Fisher won’t allow a veteran starter to lose his job as the result of an injury. But Rod Hood had played awfully well after settling in as Harper’s fill-in.
Despite interceptions in three consecutive games for Hood, Fisher went back to Harper Monday night. Andre Johnson promptly ran by him and beat him for a 12-yard touchdown on a fade route.
Flacco didn’t see him as he aimed a short pass over the middle for Ray Rice, and Brackett hauled in a clutch interception.
2. Rob Bironas, Titans kicker: While Brown missed two great opportunities in a tight game, Bironas scored big at Reliant Stadium.
He nailed a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter and with 47 seconds left in the game his 53-yarder provided the Titans with the winning margin.
3. Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars wide receiver: He’s stayed healthy and established himself as the reliable No.1 receiver Jacksonville expected he could be.
While Terrell Owens had the flashier performance in the Bills-Jaguars game, it was Sims-Walker who caught the winning touchdown.