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Surging Jags deal Texans their 11th straight defeat
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bona fide winning streak.
The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bona fide winning streak.
Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Todman scored on some trickery and the Jaguars held on to beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.
The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight — their fourth victory in five games since a bye — and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley.
They also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.
“Our guys just really believe,” 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 (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could lead to the firing of coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak after a quarterback change, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schaub’s pass with 2:08 remaining to seal Jacksonville’s first series sweep since 2009.
Schaub came off the bench and carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in the second half.
He replaced starter Case Keenum late in the third quarter and led the team to a touchdown and a field goal in his first two possessions. The Texans were in the red zone again but failed to convert a fourth-down play with 3:37 to play. After a Jaguars punt, Hayes picked off Schaub’s next pass.
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin met Thursday in Los Angeles with NFL special investigator Ted Wells for a second round of questioning about the team’s bullying scandal, a person familiar with the situation said.
Martin was first interviewed by Wells for nearly seven hours Nov. 15 in New York. Wells then spent the week of Nov. 18 interviewing Dolphins players, coaches and staff in South Florida, and also met with suspended guard Richie Incognito.
Wells is expected to meet again with Dolphins players before issuing a report.
• Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle) and linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) will miss Monday’s game against Dallas. Cutler practiced on a limited basis.
• A judge in Lincoln, Neb., handed New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard another year of probation and 30 additional days in jail as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident last summer. The Patriots re-signed wide receiver Austin Collie.
• Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams was fined $26,250 for contact with an official.
• Cleveland QB Jason Campbell practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion and could start Sunday at New England.