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    May 16, 2019 1:58 PM HKT

    The Houston Texans wanted to honor their late owner and founder Robert “Bob” McNair Whitney Mercilus Jersey , who died last week at age 81.They knew the perfect way to do that Monday night was to keep their winning streak going.Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight victory, 34-17 over the Tennessee Titans.“The one thing Mr. McNair wanted was a winner,” J.J. Watt said. “All he wanted was a winner. He wanted to win every week. He wanted a team that could win and bring a championship to this city. So to be able to win eight straight and to be able to win tonight for him was good, and we’re going to try to keep doing that for him.”Demaryius Thomas scored his first two touchdowns with Houston and Lamar Miller ran for 162 yards, including a 97-yard TD.The Texans (8-3) also saluted McNair by wearing decals in the shape of a football with white block letters bearing his initials of “RCM.” With that tribute on the back of their helmets, they became the first team in NFL history to win eight games in a row after starting 0-3. They lead the AFC South by two games over Indianapolis.“We need to try and keep getting better,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “We need to take the mantra that we’re going to improve every day.”The Texans trailed by 10 early before reeling off 27 straight points.Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins said there was no panic after the team fell behind in the first quarter.“We’ve been down 0-3 as a record, so being down 10-0 on the board is nothing to this team,” he said.Tennessee (5-6) finally scored again on a 48-yard reception by Corey Davis late in the third quarter, but the聽second TD by Thomas聽鈥?this one for 10 yards 鈥?made it 34-17 with just more than eight minutes left.Marcus Mariota, who missed the second half of last week’s game with a stinger, was 22 of 23 for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He completed his first 19 passes before an incompletion with just more than a minute remaining.Miller’s 97-yard breakaway in the second quarter made it 21-10. It was the longest run in franchise history and the longest in the NFL since his dash of the same length for a touchdown on Dec. 28, 2014 Deshaun Watson Jersey , with the Dolphins. He’s the only player in league history with two career rushing touchdowns of 95 yards or longer.The Titans went ahead 3-0 on their first possession, and Jonnu Smith had a career-long 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown that extended their lead less than halfway through the first quarter.Houston got going after that, cutting the lead to 10-7 when Thomas grabbed his first touchdown since being traded from Denver on Oct. 30, a 12-yard grab with about six minutes left in the quarter.Watson put the Texans on top when he scrambled 15 yards for a score on the first play of the second quarter.The Titans went for it on fourth-and-inches from the 3 later in the second, but tight end Luke Stocker was stopped for no gain.“If you look at their goal-line defense and having a lot of good knowledge of what they do on the goal line, that’s one play that had worked,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said. “It didn’t work tonight and that’s not the reason that we lost. That’s a bad play.”Miller’s long TD聽, which helped Houston set a franchise record with 281 yards rushing, came on the next play. He took the handoff in the end zone and darted through a crowd of Titans before shedding one tackle and simply outrunning the rest of the defense.“My whole mindset is just, don’t get caught,” Miller said. “Because … when we played the Dolphins, I got caught, so all the guys were giving me a hard time. So that was the only thing on my mind.”The Texans kicked a field goal as time expired in the second quarter to take a 24-10 lead into halftime.MCNAIR REMEMBEREDThe Texans honored McNair in a pregame ceremony Zach Cunningham Jersey , which included a video tribute to him while the Texas A&M Singing Cadets sang “Amazing Grace.” While the video was played, one side of the video board displayed the words: “Faith, Family, Philanthropy, Football.”Painted on both 25-yard lines was a football with his initials that looked just like the decals on the players’ helmets.Television cameras panned to several fans with signs honoring the late owner. One read: “McNair Never Forgotten.”WATSON’S WORKWatson has thrown 39 touchdown passes in his first 18 career games, which is third in NFL history behind Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (44) and Dan Marino (40). His 70 yards rushing on Monday were a career best and he tied Matt Schaub’s franchise record by throwing a TD pass in his 16th straight game.INJURIESTitans cornerback Malcolm Butler left in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return. … Houston WR Keke Coutee didn’t return after injuring his hamstring in the third quarter.UP NEXTTitans: Host the New York Jets on Sunday.Texans: Host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Derek Anderson went from having the Buffalo Bills lure him out of semiretirement one week, to taking over the starting job for injured rookie Josh Allen the next.So much for the 35-year-old having any chance of easing his way back into football some 10 months since attempting what Anderson once thought might well have been the last pass 鈥?an incompletion 鈥?of his 12-year career."Things that happen in this game never amaze me," Anderson said after practice Wednesday, a day after being informed he'll start in Buffalo's game at Indianapolis on Sunday."I was fully aware of what I was getting myself into coming here," he added. Obviously, not ideal. But we're going to do the best we can."It's not an ideal situation because Anderson was signed to serve as Allen's mentor. Allen, however, is now listed week to week after the first-round draft pick sprained the right elbow on his throwing arm in a 20-13 loss at Houston last weekend.What's also troubling is how the Bills (2-4) had little choice but to go with Anderson ahead of turnover-prone backup Nathan Peterman Lonnie Johnson Houston Texans Jersey , who has already thrown four interceptions in less than four quarters of playing time this season.Coach Sean McDermott acknowledged Peterman's struggles as playing a factor in his decision, before adding: "I feel like this is the right decision for our football team right now."That leaves the Bills putting their trust in a newcomer unfamiliar with their playbook and personnel. There's also the rust factor, given Anderson attempted just eight passes in three games with Carolina last season, and is 2-2 in four starts over the past seven years."Yeah, I think that's obvious," McDermott said of Anderson's limited playing time.On the plus side, McDermott said: "He brings experience, leadership, presence to the table and he's worked hard the last week and a half here to get himself up to speed."Anderson laughed when asked how long it might take to become accustomed to starting again."Hopefully, very quickly," he said. "It'll take a minute to get used to it. But I think we'll have a good plan."That plan remains a work in progress, with Anderson preparing to inform offensive coordinator Brian Daboll by kickoff which plays he's comfortable visualizing and which ones he can't so they can be removed from consideration."I'm not a rocket scientist, but I'm pretty smart Lonnie Johnson Jersey 2019 ," he said. "Yeah, we're getting there."Anderson, who has a 20-27 record as a starter, is at least familiar with several coaches.McDermott was the Panthers defensive coordinator during most of Anderson's seven seasons in Carolina. Daboll held the same job in Cleveland in 2009 when Anderson went 3-4 in replacing Brady Quinn as the Browns starter.Anderson is also reunited with receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who spent his first 3陆 seasons in Carolina before being traded to Buffalo a year ago.Anderson will become the third quarterback to start this season and ninth to start a game since the Bills selected EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2013 draft. The list includes Matt Cassel, who took the first snap on a trick play in the 2015 season opener before giving way to Tyrod Taylor.The Bills' intention to gradually develop Allen as a backup was scrapped after Peterman faltered in a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore. Allen started the next game and is 2-3 since.The 23-year-old's development will now be limited to watching from the sideline and studying game film."I'm looking at it as a blessing in disguise right now to see how he operates," Allen said, referring to Anderson.Allen spoke while wearing a brace covering most of his right arm.He was hurt while being struck from both sides by Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney. Mercilus hit Allen's throwing arm just after the quarterback released the ball for a 39-yard completion to Benjamin. He stayed in the game for one more play 鈥?an incompletion to Zay Jones 鈥?before going down to one knee."I knew at that point that me staying on the field was going to hurt the team," he said. "It (stinks) but it is what it is."Allen said it was the combination of being hit twice that caused the injury.McDermott said a second medical opinion confirmed the initial diagnosis of Allen's injury being a sprain and not requiring surgery.