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No Marcus Mariota. Both starting offensive tackles out Brandon Mebane Jersey , along with the top backup against Houston and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.Mike Vrabel gave the NFL a glimpse at just how much of a difference he and his assistants can make for the Tennessee Titans as the rookie picked up his first victory as a head coach.Vrabel and his coaching staff dug into the playbook for a 66-yard touchdown pass off a fake punt , some wildcat on offense and a defense that kept Deshaun Watson in check with the game on the line Sunday to pull out a 20-17 victory over the Houston Texans."We've got a lot more coming for sure," Titans tight end Jonnu Smith said of victories for Vrabel.Blaine Gabbert started in Mariota's place and threw for 117 yards and a touchdown . All-Pro safety Kevin Byard threw the TD pass on the fake punt, and Ryan Succop kicked field goals of 42 and 31 yards in the fourth quarter for the victory. Gabbert described the coaching staff's aggressiveness as gritty."The message that Vrabel kind of relays throughout this organization, through the coaching staff to the players is to keep fighting," Gabbert said. "Turn it into a fistfight week in, week out."The Titans (1-1) also came up with four sacks and an interception. They allowed only one sack with Gabbert throwing quickly and coaches giving right tackle Tyler Marz help slowing down Watt.Houston had the ball and a chance to at least force overtime. By the time Watson found DeAndre Hopkins on a 31-yarder to the Tennessee 21, time had expired leaving the Texans 0-2 to start a season filled with high expectations, if only because so many are back healthy this year."You've got to keep fighting ," Houston coach Bill O'Brien said. "It's a long season. What are you going to do? You have two choices. One is not very good, so you've got to fight your way up."Some things to know about the Titans' third win in four games over their AFC South rival:MARIOTA UPDATEThe Titans quarterback was active and backed up Gabbert. Mariota warmed up wearing a glove over his right hand and even threw some passes. But he still is having numbness in his right hand after hurting his elbow in the season opener in Miami. So Gabbert started for his fourth different NFL team, and the Titans will see where Mariota is before they visit defending AFC South champ Jacksonville."We'll keep evaluating Marcus and when we have an update on him we'll let you know," Vrabel said.SIDELINE TAUNTINGThe Texans didn't help themselves with 11 penalties for 88 yards, and one of the worst came in the fourth quarter after Houston had taken its first lead at 17-14. Luke Stocker caught a pass and was pushed out of bounds on the Houston sideline. Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney apparently said something, and officials flagged Houston for taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct. That moved the Titans to midfield, and they tied it up seven plays later with the first of Succop's two field goals.TENNESSEE WILDCATThe Titans didn't use it much, but Derrick Henry handled the wildcat on five snaps on the Titans' lone touchdown drive. The Titans put in the impromptu wildcat earlier this week, and Henry said he ran it a lot in high school and once in practice in college at Alabama. "Hopefully Womens Corey Liuget Jersey , we keep it in there," Henry said.FAKE PUNTKevin Byard is an All-Pro safety, but he remembers his last pass in high school going for a touchdown. He joked Vrabel must have seen his high school tape and drew up the fake punt for him. Byard hit a wide-open Dane Cruikshank, and the rookie finished off a 66-yard TD in the first quarter. That set a NFL record for longest TD pass by a defensive player , topping the mark set in 1967 by Ed Meador.HOUSTON OFFENSEThe Texans outgained the Titans 437-283 on offense, but a line that lost right tackle Seantrel Henderson to a season-ending injury in the opener struggled to protect Watson at times. Watson threw for 310 yards and two TDs but was intercepted in the end zone.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker After last week’s debacle, the Chargers are probably super relieved that they get the opportunity for a rebound game against the 2-8 Cardinals. The guys on the defense are probably licking their chops in anticipation of facing rookie quarterback Josh Rosen after looking at his season stat sheet and realizing the young signal-caller has only thrown 9 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.However, while guys like David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are alive and well on this offense, there’s always an opportunity for points to be scored.With that being said Dan Feeney Jersey , let’s take a look at three things I’ll be watching closely when the Cardinals come to town on Sunday.1.) RB David Johnson could pose a huge problemWhen the Cardinals fired OC Mike McCoy earlier this season, most analysts believed it was going to signal a resurgence of Johnson in the Cardinals offense. If you look at his last couple of games, you would see this has come to fruition. However, the Cardinals offense as a whole still ranks near the bottom of the league in many important categories.As good as this sounds, the Broncos didn’t need a ton of offense to beat the Chargers. They just needed their best players to make the important plays when they needed it the most. If I were the Cardinals, I would look at last week’s game and use that as the blueprint to beating this Chargers’ team.On the season, Johnson has 629 yards on 168 carries. However, going right along with his resurgence under new OC Byron Leftwich, Johnson has accumulated almost half of his season’s rushing yards in the last three games , alone, with 294.The former Northern Iowa Panther continues to be a threat in the passing game, as well. With 32 catches on the season for 309 yards and two touchdowns, Johnson will be able to hurt the Chargers in a number of ways. Expect one of the more important match-ups within this game to be how the Chargers use DBs Derwin James or Adrian Phillips to help cover Johnson out of the backfield.2.) Can Philip Rivers withstand the inevitable pressure from the Cardinals’ Chandler Jones?Jones is currently third in the NFL with 10.5 sacks. Last week, the Chargers faced a ferocious pass rushing duo in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb and we all saw just how much it can affect Rivers when he doesn’t trust his linemen to keep him clean.Fortunately, Jones lines up on the right side of the defensive front which means he will go up against LT Russell Okung for the majority of the game. Okung, who went to the Pro Bowl last year as an alternate, should be able to keep up with the lengthy Jones with some added help from Whisenhunt who showed he can really help eliminate prolific edge rushers with his play-calling, i.e. Womens Travis Benjamin Jersey , Myles Garrett earlier this season.3.) The Chargers need to start fast on Sunday in order to right the ship following a demoralizing loss.One of the themes to the Chargers win streak was that the team started finding a way to score a touchdown on their opening drives when they were unable to achieve the feat at all during the entire 2017 season.Things started to slip during their last contest against the Oakland Raiders when Rivers was unable to complete a single pass until almost five minutes into the second quarter. Luckily, the Raiders are the Raiders.Even with the recent slow starts, the Chargers are still ninth in points per game (26.2), sixth in total yards per game (400.8), and ninth in both passing and rushing yards per game with 276.9 and 123.9, respectively.

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