Jags remain hot, hold off Texans

Tight end Marcedes Lewis catches a touchdown near Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson to put the Jaguars up 7-0.

Associated Press

Tight end Marcedes Lewis catches a touchdown near Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson to put the Jaguars up 7-0.

JACKSONVILLE — Chad Henne passed for two touchdowns and the Jaguars used some trickery to beat the Texans 27-20 Thursday night.

Jacksonville has an AFC-high three-game win streak and has won four of five since an 0-8 start. The win ended a seven-game home losing streak dating to last season.

"Our guys just really believe," first-year coach Gus Bradley said. "The biggest challenge is to keep doing what we're doing. We're a young team that's learning how do this."

Houston has lost 11 in a row since a 2-0 start.

Up 17-10 in the third, Henne threw behind the line of scrimmage to receiver Ace Sanders. He heaved a deep ball across the field to running back Jordan Todman. No defender was near Todman as he camped under the throw, and he went 21 yards for the score.

It was the second straight week a nonquarterback threw a touchdown pass for Jacksonville. On Sunday, it was running back Maurice Jones-Drew's 8-yarder to tight end Marcedes Lewis. He and Sanders now have as many touchdown passes this season as benched starter Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert was the only quarterback who didn't play.

The Texans benched Case Keenum for Matt Schaub late in the third. Schaub led Houston to 10 points to cut its deficit to 24-20. But his interception, by former Bucs and Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes, with 2:08 left helped sealed the loss.

"It's been amazing," Jones-Drew said of the win streak. "Gus has done a great job."

Dolphins saga: Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin met with NFL investigator Ted Wells for a second round of questions about the team's bullying scandal, the Associated Press reported. Martin, who will not return to the team this season, was interviewed for about seven hours Nov. 15. Wells spent the week of Nov. 18 interviewing Dolphins players, coaches and staff in South Florida, and he also met with suspended left guard Richie Incognito. Wells is expected to meet again with some Dolphins players before issuing a report.

Tebow offer: The Milano Seamen of an Italian football league offered quarterback Tim Tebow a four-month deal worth $200,000. The 26-year-old former Florida Gator was released by the Patriots at the end of training camp. The Seamen said they await a response.

Bears: Quarterback Jay Cutler, who sustained a high ankle sprain Nov. 10 against the Lions, will not play Monday despite being a limited participant in practice. Josh McCown will make his fifth start.

Broncos: Tight end Julius Thomas, who missed two games with a knee injury, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who missed one game with a shoulder injury, returned to practice. Both hope to play Sunday

Browns: Quarterback Jason Campbell practiced for the first time since sustaining a concussion Nov. 24. He still must be cleared by an independent neurologist before he is allowed to play. But the team said that could happen by Sunday.

Cowboys: Linebacker Sean Lee practiced for the first time since hurting his hamstring Nov. 10 and expects to play Monday.

49ers: Starting left tackle Joe Staley returned to practice a day after sitting with a sprained knee ligament. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Jets: Receiver Jeremy Kerley fully participated in practice for the first time since dislocating his left elbow Nov. 3 and is expected to play Sunday.

Lions: Tailback Reggie Bush was limited to what the team called "light work" because of a calf injury. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced in pads for the first time since breaking his collarbone Nov. 4 against the Bears. But Matt Flynn took all of the first-team reps. The team hasn't announced a starter. Also, corner Tramon Williams was fined $26,250 for making contact with an official on Thanksgiving.

Patriots: Receiver Austin Collie re-signed. He played four games but was released after hurting his knee Nov. 3 against the Steelers. Also, a judge in Lincoln, Neb., gave corner Alfonzo Dennard another year of probation and 30 more days in jail for violating his probation with July's drinking-and-driving arrest. The probation resulted from a plea deal for assaulting a police officer. He must report to jail March 1.

Steelers: Tailback Le'Veon Bell, who sustained a concussion on Thanksgiving on a hit that knocked off his helmet, practiced. He still must pass another test to play Sunday but hopes to take it this week.

Jags remain hot, hold off Texans 12/05/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 12:25am]

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