The Houston Texans wanted to honor their late owner and founder Robert "Bob" McNair, 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 Tennessee.

"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.

"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."


•Jacksonville fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and benched quarter Blake Bortles, making sweeping changes to one of the league's worst offenses. Quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich was promoted to offensive coordinator.

•Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is out for the season (broken thumb).

•The Lions put wide receiver Marvin Jones (knee) on injured reserve.

•ABC is joining the NFL draft broadcast business and will televise all three days of picks next April along with ESPN and the NFL Network.

•Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman is out for the season (broken ribs and a bruised lung).

•Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is week to week (sprained medial collateral ligament).

•The Cardinals released former Vikings tackle Andre Smith.