JAGUARS REPORT CARD VS. BENGALS
PASSING OFFENSE: B
Byron Leftwich completed only 10 passes, but had a 92.5 quarterback rating and two touchdowns, even though he was a victim of some costly drops.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A
Fred Taylor, held to 14 yards in eight carries last week, rambled for 132 yards with some of his patented cutback runs, even though he had a 41-yarder called back. Khalif Barnes did a solid job despite two penalties as the line rebounded from last week. They didn't allow a sack and opened holes for Fred Taylor.
PASS DEFENSE: B
Even though Carson Palmer had a 108.0 quarterback rating and passed for two touchdowns, the Jaguars kept him from taking over the game, and Bobby McCray stripped Palmer of the ball with 1:16 left on the clock.
RUSHING DEFENSE: C
The Jaguars no longer appear to be a team that shuts down the run, as they allowed the Bengals to run for 132 yards for a 5.1 average.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B+
Despite Derrick Wimbush fumbling a kickoff, the special teams did an excellent job, as Wimbush blocked a punt and Josh Scobee had three field goals and three touchbacks.
The coaches had a solid game plan and they got the team fired up to play a prime time game after the lackluster effort against Denver.
TITANS REPORT CARD VS. TEXANS
PASSING OFFENSE: B
Crisp and efficient. QB Steve McNair threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns while avoiding an interception or a sack. Tight ends were still heavily featured, but he found WR Drew Bennett five times for 99 yards, including a 41-yard fade and a 16-yard touchdown.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C
The Titans started strong, but seemed to lose interest in mounting a consistent run game as RB Chris Brown seemed to get fatigued -- he averaged 4.8 yards in the first half and 1.8 in the second. Backup Jarrett Payton found the end zone on a 5-yard run, but averaged only 1.4 yards on eight carries.
PASS DEFENSE: B+
Handled Houston's pass protection with ease en route to seven sacks of QB David Carr. Allowed him nothing longer than 16 yards and managed one interception, the game's only turnover.
RUSH DEFENSE: D
Allowed an average gain of 5.8 yards and gave up 100 rushing yards in the first half. It didn't really hurt the Titans because of how well they played on third down, but it wasn't as good as it should have been against such a bad offense.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
A couple penalties helped hurt field position. KR "Pacman" Jones had a very good 71-yard return in the second half, but PR Andrae Thurman failed to catch a punt that turned over field position. Coverage teams were solid.
COACHING: A -- Solid job getting a team with shaky confidence in a position where it didn't come close to dropping a game to a team that hadn't won.
TEXANS REPORT CARD VS. TITANS
PASSING OFFENSE: F
When Andre Johnson left after running one route with a calf injury, the Texans' passing game seemed to vanish too. Quarterback David Carr was sacked seven times against the mediocre Tennessee defense. Carr also threw his lone interception of the game on a fourth-and-one play. His 74.8 passer rating was his second-lowest of the season.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B
Domanick Davis finally cracked the 100-yard mark for the first time this season. He even broke away for a 44-yard run -- tying the second-longest run of his career. Davis was caught from behind, but he continued to see the holes and rushed for 130 yards, helping the Texans out-gain the Titans 161-90 on the ground.
PASS DEFENSE: D
The Texans allowed Steve McNair ample time in the pocket to set his feet and look downfield. Even though they knew the Titans wanted their tight ends to be a big part of the offensive game plan, the Texans still allowed it to happen. McNair threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans had no sacks and no interceptions.
RUSH DEFENSE: C
For the second game in a row, the Texans did not allow the opposing running back to gain 100 rushing yards. The Titans averaged only 2.9 yards on 31 carries. The defense didn't force a fumble, but did give up two rushing touchdowns -- one by Steve McNair and the other to Jarrett Payton.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
Kris Brown was solid kicking field goals. He made four field goals -- two longer than 40 yards. The Texans' coverage teams struggled, however, allowing "Pacman" Jones to return a kickoff 71 yards. The Texans' return game didn't make such a splash. Jerome Mathis, Vernand Morency and Phillip Buchanon failed to give the Texans any advantage as far as field position on their kickoff and punt returns.
The Texans were finally able to face a team struggling, but they weren't able to capitalize. The Titans rarely even blitzed Carr, but he was constantly under pressure. The offense was finally able to run the ball, but the passing game didn't capitalize. The defense failed to force a turnover for the fourth game in a row.