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Texans D is doing a 180

HOUSTON — Texans nose tackle Shaun Cody is known around the locker room for his sense of humor. He's the star of comical video skits on the team's website, and he grabbed a microphone and serenaded Arian Foster as he was being interviewed last week.

Cody was joking again after Sunday's 30-12 win over the Browns when he said, "Super Bowl, here we come." The way Houston is playing, that may not be too much of a stretch.

The first-place Texans have won three in a row to move three games over .500 for the first time heading into Sunday's game at the Bucs. And with each victory, there seems to be more reasons to believe Houston will continue to roll.

Houston has held its past three foes under 200 yards and leads the league in total defense (274 per game). More remarkably, it ranks second against the pass (182.6 yards per game) after finishing last in 2010.

The players and coach Gary Kubiak credit Wade Phillips for the defensive resurgence. The new coordinator re-energized the unit during a transition to a 3-4 alignment.

"We've come a long way," Kubiak said. "Hopefully, there's a lot more good things to come."

EX-RB ARRESTED: Running back Derek Watson, who spent most of the 2005 season on the Bucs practice squad, was arrested in Greenville County, S.C., Sunday morning on a marijuana distribution charge.

BILLS: Coach Chan Gailey described the injury to kicker Rian Lindell's right shoulder as "not good," saying he either broke something or nearly had his shoulder pop out Sunday making a diving tackle on a kickoff return against the Jets. Lindell is out for at least one game. Gailey also said defensive tackle Kyle Williams will visit a specialist to examine a left foot injury that has forced him to miss three games.

BROWNS: Coach Pat Shurmur said running back Peyton Hillis will not play against the Rams, the fourth straight game he will have missed since straining his left hamstring on Oct. 16. Also, receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who sustained a concussion Oct. 23, was sent home to rest one day after feeling "woozy."

COLTS: Tight ends Dallas Clark and Brody Eldridge are expected to miss more than a week with significant injuries. Clark injured his lower left leg in the second quarter Sunday, and Eldridge left early in the first to have X-rays on his hand.

COWBOYS: Starting wide receiver Miles Austin could miss two to four weeks with an injured right hamstring sustained Sunday.

LIONS: The team signed guard Leonard Davis and running back Kevin Smith to one-year deals and released running back Eldra Buckley and cornerback Anthony Madison.

PATRIOTS: Linebacker Brandon Spikes has a medial collateral ligament strain in his right knee, an MRI exam revealed, and the former Gator is week to week.

RAMS: Rookie receiver Greg Salas, who leads the team with 27 receptions, will miss the rest of the season with a broken right leg that will require surgery.

TITANS: The Nashville Sports Authority approved a proposal to make $26.8 million in improvements to LP Field stadium in Nashville.

VIKINGS: Cornerback Chris Cook was reinstated to the active roster, but he won't be with the team while he deals with a felony charge of domestic assault.

Texans D is doing a 180 11/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 10:20pm]
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