Tennessee Titans: Reviewing Week 2 Keys to Victory vs. Houston Texans

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Tennessee Titans: Reviewing Week 2 Keys to Victory vs. Texans

Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs with the ball against Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (56) at Reliant Stadium. The Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, Titan Sized gave seven keys to victory for the Tennessee Titans in their Week 2 matchup against the Houston Texans. Here was that article. Below is a listing of those seven keys:

  • Quarterback Play
  • Trench Warfare: Offensive Line
  • Trench Warfare: Defensive Line
  • Play-Action Pass Defense
  • Defending Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins
  • Fast Starts
  • Finishing Drives

What this a fair, honest and accurate assessment? Let’s take a look at each synopsis and see whether the Titans accomplished it.

 

Quarterback Play

There’s no doubt that the Texans’ main weaknesses is their defensive backfield. They have limited cornerback depth and Ed Reed hasn’t returned from an injury. If J.J. Watt or their blitzers aren’t reaching the quarterback, then expect a lot of opportunities for opposing quarterbacks.

Can Locker take advantage? Last season, Locker completed 21-of-45 passes with three interceptions. Unlike last week’s performance which featured a 42-to-20 run-to-pass ratio, the Titans need Locker to make more vertical passing plays. They must establish a more balanced offense if they’re going to have any chance of pulling the upset.

REALITY: No bum shoulder and no instability at offensive coordinator to blame this on. Locker had his opportunities. He didn’t come through. If Locker doesn’t rush the pass on a 3rd-and-1, then Kenny Britt gets a first down and possibly a touchdown. Furthermore, Locker got away with two potential interceptions, missed Delanie Walker on a downfield throw and bobbled a shotgun snap.

Pocket presence and inaccuracy. Those are two of the ongoing issues for the young quarterback.

FAILURE (0 of 1)

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