Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans: Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction

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Titans vs. Texans: Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction for Tennessee

Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith (94) hits Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) in the end zone during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets of Week 2 when they faced the Houston Texans in their home-opener at Reliant Stadium. The Titans had a 10-7 halftime lead and a 24-16 lead with approximately two minutes left in the game. The Texans overcome both deficits with a game-tying drive during regulation and a game-winning touchdown drive during overtime. The Texans won, 30-24.

For the Titans, it was an exciting day for the defense and a frustrating day for the offense. During the second half, the Titans offensive ineptitude included six three-and-outs, a safety and a touchdown drive. Ironically, the touchdown came on a 99-yard drive that put the Titans up 17-16. The Titans spent most of the second half pinned back inside their own 20-yard-line. The Texans capitalized when they tackled Chris Johnson in the end zone for a safety. That’s the second consecutive week that the Titans have allowed a safety.

The Indianapolis Colts and Titans both have 1-1 records. They’re behind the Texans, who are 2-0 with a 1-0 record against AFC South opponents. The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Oakland Raiders, putting them at 0-2.

Let’s check out some of the Titans’ studs and duds from this Week 2 matchup. We’ll conclude with a grade for the pass offense, run offense, pass defense, run defense and special teams.


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