McNair has career-high 421 yards passing, 3 TDs


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It may have been a career day for
Texans' quarterback David Carr and receiver Corey Bradford, but it
was yet another huge loss Sunday for a team that has yet to win two
games in a row.

On Sunday, the Texans lost 38-17 to the Titans, who previously
called Houston home.

Question on the Texans: Despite the loss, do you think Carr is starting to come into his own?
Yes, I do. He has shown marked improvement over the past season. Carr isn't repeating the same mistakes he did last season and isn't holding onto the ball as long. If someone else on this team can step up, this could be a good team in no time at all.

Question on the Titans: Are the Titans the most up-and-down team in the league?
No. The Titans play solid football. They don't play down to the level of their competition and play well with the "big boys" of the league. The reason for their differing results this season is the teams they've played.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

"I would have much rather won the game than throw for all those
yards," Carr said of his career-high 371 yards, including a
65-yard touchdown pass in the third to Bradford, who caught five
passes for 127 yards, and a 13-yarder to Derick Armstrong in the

But Titans quarterback Steve McNair also had a big day,
finishing with a career-high 421 yards passing including three
touchdowns to Derrick Mason as the Titans routed the Texans.

"You can't sugarcoat what happened today," Texans coach Dom
Capers said. "They came out and outplayed us. That is why they won
by 21 points."

In the second quarter, the Titans led the Texans 21-0. The
Texans finally got on the board with a Kris Brown field goal just
before the first half expired.

"It was a big lead they had and we weren't able to come back,"
Carr said. "We were in a situation today where things got out of
hand pretty quick. It was just tough."

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said his team outplayed a Texans' team
much different from the one he had watched on tape.

"That was not indicative of the way they have been playing or
of the football they are going to play for the rest of the year,"
he said. "We just ran away from them."

The Texans have yet to win consecutive games. Coming off a bye
last week, the team came to Nashville after enjoying their
last-second 24-20 victory over Jacksonville in which Capers let
Carr dive for the winning touchdown.

The Titans (4-2) returned home for their only October game in
Nashville determined to erase the memory of last week's loss at New
England. It wasn't hard against Houston (2-3) as Tennessee also
intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown.

Erron Kinney dropped McNair's first pass on the Titans' second
play, but McNair completed his next 12, including touchdown passes
of 32 and 46 yards to Mason for a quick 14-0 lead.

McNair had plenty of time to pass. When the Texans pressured
him, McNair still completed his throws. He so frustrated Houston
linebacker Antwan Peek that Peek pounded the ground in frustration
after McNair threw a 7-yard completion to Mason.

McNair finished the first half 11-of-12 for 233 yards and a
perfect 158.3 rating, the third time in his career he has done
that. He finished 18-of-27, which included a 50-yard touchdown to
Mason at the start of the fourth quarter for a 30-10 lead.

The victory was the 80th for Titans coach Jeff Fisher, making
him the fourth-youngest coach to reach that total behind John
Madden, Don Shula and Bill Cowher.

Texans running back Stacey Mack had boasted that they would try
to do just what New England had done to the Titans, which was run
for 161 yards. Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck had promised none
of the Texans would top 100 yards, and the Titans backed him up,
limiting the Texans to 91 yards rushing.

"It was just one of those days where everything that could go
wrong, went wrong," Texans' defensive end Gary Walker said. "When
we made a mistake, they capitalized on it and make plays."

Walker said the Texans' defense has to concentrate on stopping
offenses or else they might be in trouble.

"This is a copycat league, so I am sure when the Jets come to
town next week they will run the same stuff," he said. "We better
go to work this week and iron those wrinkles out."


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