Bironas' FG gives Tennessee 4th straight win

November 24, 2009|By From Sun news services

Rob Bironas kicked a 53-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining and the Tennessee Titans beat the Houston Texans 20-17 for their fourth straight victory after an 0-6 start.

The Texans (5-5) had a chance to tie it, but Kris Brown's 49-yard attempt with 1 second remaining was wide left. It was his second miss of the game and the second straight game he's missed a chance to send the Texans to overtime.

The Titans (4-6) haven't lost since Vince Young took over at quarterback. He is 2-0 as a starter in his hometown of Houston.

Off the field
JETS: Coach Rex Ryan said he's going to become more involved with the offense.

"I need to be more of the game manager than probably what I even realized before," he said. "There's been some people here that have been critical of that, and it's probably more accurate than I wanted to believe."

Ryan, the Ravens' former defensive coordinator, has worked almost exclusively with the Jets' defense since becoming head coach in January, leaving the offense to coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and special teams to Mike Westhoff.

"It's not a threatening deal or whatever," Ryan said. "It's just something that my role needs to be this, and I think that's my responsibility. I oversee the whole football team. I really need to start doing that."

The Jets (4-6) have lost six of seven after a 31-14 defeat at New England on Sunday in which quarterback Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions and lost a fumble.

RAMS: Quarterback Marc Bulger will be sidelined three to six weeks with a fractured left leg suffered Sunday.

Former Raven Kyle Boller will make his third start of the year Sunday against the Seahawks.

PACKERS: Starting cornerback Al Harris and starting linebacker Aaron Kampman will have left knee surgery after suffering injuries Sunday.

LIONS: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, the top pick in this year's draft, suffered a separated left shoulder on the next-to-last play of Sunday's win over the Browns and won't play against Green Bay unless the pain subsides, coach Jim Schwartz said.

REDSKINS: Washington placed running back Ladell Betts (torn left knee ligaments), tackle Chad Rinehart (broken leg) and fullback Eddie Williams (broken leg) to the long injured reserve list, ending their seasons.

DOLPHINS: Nose tackle Jason Ferguson will miss the rest of the season with a quadriceps injury.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville placed defensive end Bryan Smith on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury.

CHARGERS: San Diego police are investigating a claim that defensive back Antonio Cromartie hit someone in the head with a champagne bottle at a bar.

Detective Gary Hassen says officers answered a report of a fight at Bar West in Pacific Beach shortly before 1:30 a.m. Monday. Hassen says a witness claimed Cromartie threw a champagne bottle but the Pro Bowl player says it slipped from his hand.

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