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

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Play-Action Pass Defense

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

Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) can not come up with the catch in the end zone in overtime against Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) at Reliant Stadium. The Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Texans love using Owen Daniels in their play-action passing game. Last season, the Titans made tight ends such as Dante Rosario look like legends. The Titans defense must stay on their toes and prepare themselves for everything from running the ball, screens and play-action passes.

Don’t forget about their wide receivers. Speaking of which…

REALITY:  The Titans did a solid job of defending the play-action passing attack. Nothing to say here.

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Defending Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins

Do the Titans have a physical cornerback who can cover Andre Johnson? Last season in two games against the Titans, Johnson had eight receptions for 112 yards. This offseason, the Texans drafted DeAndre Hopkins, another tall receiver who can shift some attention away from Johnson. If Johnson is Julio Jones, then Hopkins is Roddy White.

The Titans need a big game from Alterraun Verner or Tommie Campbell, whoever gets the nod at No. 2 cornerback. They can’t rely on too much support from the safeties because they have to focus on the ground game and tight ends.

REALITY: Hopkins and Johnson combined for 15 receptions for 193 yards with one touchdown. They kept making circus catch after circus catch, largely possible because of Schaub’s pinpoint accuracy in the last few minutes of regulation and overtime.

They didn’t seal the deal. Not a bad game overall, just a bad stretch at the end.


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