Tennessee Titans Trounced By Houston Texans Despite Run Game Revival

September 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) makes a tackle on Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) after a second quarter reception at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

It was a frustrating game for Tennessee Titans fans to watch as the Titans looked poised to upset the Houston Texans early in the 2nd quarter. The Titans defense was slow to start up, allowing a couple touchdowns early in the first quarter but rallied in the 2nd to put up an impressive defense that stifled the Texans run game and stopped them from completing passes.

The Texans defense returned the favor, though they were no match for RB Chris Johnson who finally found nice holes being created by his offensive line. Johnson ended the day with 141 yards on 25 carries.

QB Jake Locker went down on the Titans first series. His shoulder was reinjured by DE J.J. Watt. Hasselbeck came in and played the rest of the game in his place. While Hasselbeck did well, Lockers absence hurt the Titans and, in my opinion, was key in them losing the game. Hasselbeck also had a couple stray throws resulting in two pick sixes to FS Daniel Manning and CB Kareem Jackson of the Texans.

The Texans took over the game with the two touchdown interceptions. Their offense struggled to find any rhythm until late in the game. The Titans kept all of the Texans players quiet, keeping the Texans under 100 yards rushing collectively and holding Andre Johnson to 56 yards.

That game was the Titans to win with how well their defense was playing. The offense just couldn’t get it together to keep the points coming. The score is not an indication of how the Titans defense played.

If the Titans can field a fully healthy team and their run blocking stays as good as it was this game, they really are a team to watch. The first four games were the roughest on the Titans schedule. Many people had predicted the Titans would be 0-4 coming out of it, so it’s hard to be too upset, though obviously they have some issues.

Yeah the Titans lost, but there are a lot of positives to take away from a game we never thought the Titans would have a chance to win.

 

You can find me on Twitter @JustinLStewart

Topics: AFC South, Chris Johnson, Houston Texans, NFL, Tennessee Titans, Titan Sized

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  • Mecca

    Really? THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF SHOULD BE FIRED AFTER THIS…do u cats study the texans at all? Hasselbeck has NEVER BEEN THE ANSWER….how are u gonna spin this effort? Hard to root for my Oilers….u had no defensive pressure and Hasselsuck giving gifts….RIDICULOUS!!!!

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      The coaching staff didn’t throw the picks or commit the penalties. Chris Johnson got over 100 yards easily and had great blocking. The Titans didn’t allow 100 yards rushing from the best rushing game in the league.

      This game really should have been the Titans. Hasselbeck wasn’t the greatest, but that’s to be expected.

      Did you really think we were going to beat the #1 team in the NFL headed into this game?

    • http://www.facebook.com/phill.lytle Phill Lytle

      I’m not sure what the coaching staff did to warrant this much anger. As Justin said, the coaching staff didn’t throw the two pick sixes. The coaching staff didn’t fumble the ball giving up another score. Locker is the leader of this offense and it was clear they missed him. I was happy to see CJ have a good game. We need to see more of that.

      • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

        My sentiments exactly. The line actually made holes for him and they did it against one of the best defensive fronts in the league.

  • lawrenceperson

    All others things being equal, it’s generally best not to make a glaring mistake in the first sentence of your article.

    “It was a frustrating game for Tennessee Titans fans to watch as the
    Titans looked posted to upset the Houston Texans early in the 2nd
    quarter.”

    The word you’re looking for is not “posted,” but “poised.”

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Can’t be perfect every time. Article was posted almost immediately following the end of the game.

      Thanks for the heads up!

  • Modesto Koczwara

    Even though we lose, I saw a huge postive in the OL being able to run block for Chris Johnson which created holes. It was disappointing to see Chris Johnson not run to the far side like we are use to see. Is the reason he did not because we are running a zone blocking sheme now? Honestly, I think Foster brought out the best in Chris Johnson!

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      As did I. If they can keep run blocking like that, this team can really turn things around. I know things looked bad, but I’d swear on my life they’re not as bad as they look. Once we get McCarthy, Locker, and Britt back, and if the run blocking does as well as it did Sunday, we’ll be in really good shape.

      • Modesto Koczwara

        Just pray my brother!