Monday, November 23, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Titans 20, Texans 17
By Paul Kuharsky
HOUSTON -- These were two different teams from the ones that met in Week 2.
They produced a different result, as the Titans got a fourth win in a row and dropped Houston to 5-5.
Chris Johnson said he wanted to top 200 yards against the Texans. As the game ended he looked perfectly content to settle for 151 and a 20-17 win.
It’s a win that may have achieved Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck's stated goal of destroying the Texans' playoff aspirations.
Seven teams now rank ahead of Houston, which blew its chance to get to two games over .500 and fell into third place in the AFC South behind undefeated Indianapolis and 6-4 Jacksonville.
It was a slugfest and a nail-biter with a fair share of personal fouls and controversy. Antonio Smith took a swing at Kevin Mawae on the ground. Tim Bulman tried to trip Vince Young. John Busing got called for a phantom horsecollar tackle of Chris Johnson.
And as the Texans examine consecutive losses to Indy and Tennessee, they’ll be left looking at two left-leaning field goals.
Kris Brown missed from 42 yards in Indy with a chance to force overtime two weeks ago. He missed again after a bye week, this time from 47, missing out on a chance to force overtime at Reliant Stadium on the final play.
Everything, it seems, is difficult for the Texans when it matters the most. The Titans, meanwhile, surely can’t help but think about how different things would be if they’d found a way to start 1-5 instead of 0-6.