Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wrap-up: Titans 31, Texans 17
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Tennessee Titans' 31-17 win against the Houston Texans at LP Field.
What it means: The Titans halted a six-game losing skid and improved to 6-8, maintaining faint hopes of a playoff berth. The Texans dropped to 5-9 and will finish with their first losing season since 2006.
What I liked: Tennessee has had difficulty producing points on offense, but on its first three possessions it marched to 21 points and led by three touchdowns just 12:28 into the game. While the Texans have made a living out of closing such margins to make for compelling games at the end, they never got close in this one. The Titans had a lot of the ingredients that key them in good times show up -- four sacks, 130 rushing yards and a score from Chris Johnson, six catches for 128 yards from Kenny Britt.
What I didn’t like: The Texans went down so big so early that their offensive balance was thrown off, again. Matt Schaub threw 54 passes while Arian Foster got just 11 carries for 15 yards.
What I want to know: How can the Titans hold the Texans to 5-for-13 on third down conversions when they struggled so badly on third down against some inferior offenses during their last six games?
What’s next: The Titans head to Kansas City while the Texans travel to Denver.