Found September 16, 2013 on
It seems as if a slow start is going to be a trend for the Tennessee Titans this season. After immediately handing the Pittsburgh Steelers two points last week, the Titans gave up 79 yards on the ground leading to a Houston touchdown on their opening drive Sunday.
Though down a touchdown to start their opening drive, Jake Locker connected with former first-round pick, Kendall Wright, for Locker’s first of two scores in the ball game. The drive was kept alive after a J.J. Watt hands to the face penalty against rookie guard, Chance Warmack.
With the score even for most of the game, these two teams slugged it out by rushing the football and delivering bone-crunching blows on the defensive side of the ball.
Leading 10-7 at the half, it looked like Tennessee was in control of the game. However, a strong Texans defensive front continued to hammer Locker all afternoon by only giving up 148 yards through the air and recording four sacks.
The Texans regained the lead in the third quarter after Matt Schaub connected with Owen Daniels for a second touchdown by a Houston tight end on the day. Tennessee answered with a score of their own when Locker connected with Delanie Walker for a 10-yard touchdown pass and Walker’s first touchdown as a member of the Tennessee Titans.
Stifling the Texans offense for most of the day, the Tennessee defense attempted to put the game away late in the fourth quarter. Cornerback Alterraun Verner intercepted a ball and returned it for a touchdown with just over 4 minutes to play to put the Titans up by 8.
Although they didn’t look like it, the Texans are a veteran team that won the AFC South just a season ago so a late surge was to be expected. After driving down the field and scoring a touchdown, the Texans were forced to go for two to tie the game. Running hard up the right side, running back Arian Foster, stretched the ball over the goal line to tie the game at 24.
This game was headed to overtime…or was it?
Houston was able to stop the Tennessee offense and regain possession of the ball for one last drive. Second year kicker, Randy Bullock, who already missed two kicks on the day was set to win the game for his team for the second consecutive week. After an attempt to “ice” the kicker, Bullock was set to tee off again. This time, safety Michael Griffin, dove from the left side to block the field goal. Luckily for Bullock, a flag was thrown as Griffin crossed the line of scrimmage before the ball was snapped resulting in a 46-yard field goal attempt instead of a 51-yarder. Tennessee used their final timeout in an attempt to ice Bullock one final time. On to try number 4…
As the kicked sailed over the line scrimmage, it began to curve and hit the left upright and was no good. The game remained tied at 24 and was headed to overtime after all.
After winning the toss and electing to receive, rookie receiver, DeAndre Hopkins decided it was time for him to take over the game. The rookie out of Clemson had a game high 117 yards and scored the winning touchdown to complete the comeback and give the Texans the edge over the Titans, 30-24.
Even with a valiant effort from Tennessee, which was unexpected to say the least, the Texans won a game that went down to the wire after trailing for the second week in a row.
Jake Locker did throw for two touchdowns but threw for less than 150 yards while Chris Johnson touched the ball 25 times for less than 100 yards. With a defense that was able to hold the Texans off for most of this contest, the Titans need to figure out a way to win football games through the air and not rely solely on their ground game to carry the team week after week. The Titans are 1-1 and the season is still young but you cannot give away a game to a division rival in overtime this early in the season.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Titans running back Shonn Greene injured a knee against Pittsburgh (Week 1) and did not play last week against Houston.
According to multiple reports, Greene underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday night and is expected to be out several weeks.
"We hoped we'd get through this process of giving him a couple days to see how it responded," Titans head...
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says running back Shonn Greene has had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Munchak announced Tuesday night on his weekly radio show that Greene had surgery Monday.
"He thought he'd be able to play this week actually so he rehabbed it, he was running but he couldn't quite get over the hump," Munchak said.
"So he had...
The Tennessee Titans know they only have themselves to blame for not being 2-0 with a win over a division rival to start the season.
They were still disappointed Monday after a 30-24 overtime loss in Houston, knowing they had an 8-point lead with less than 5 minutes left and couldn't finish off the win. But the Titans were also looking for the silver lining in the loss.
Kenny Britt is big enough strong enough and fast enough to make a big impact for the Titans every week.
Through two games however the wide receiver has been mostly invisible. He was benched for a stretch of the 30-24 overtime loss to the Texans on Sunday because coaches were tired of his mistakes and his lackadaisical approach to blocking.
If the Titans are going to be potent on...
Antonio Johnson did his best worm dance after almost recording a sack. On the ensuing play, the Tennessee Titans returned a Matt Schaub interception to the house, and provided us with another great celebration fail
The Tennessee Titans were without veteran running back Shonn Greene during Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Houston Texans. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the Titans back had minor surgery on Monday to repair the knee and could miss some more time this season.#Titans running back Shonn Greene had arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, per sources. Could miss a few weeks—...
Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene will miss a few weeks after having his knee scoped on Monday.
Greene, 28, was injured in the Titans season opener against Pittsburgh and did not play in Week 2.
The Titans will be without Greene for two to four weeks. Jackie Battle figures to pick up some carries in short-yardage situations.
#Titans running back Shonn Greene had arthroscopic...
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson might see a heavy workload Sunday against the Houston Texans.
The man brought in to share those carries Shonn Greene is "very doubtful" to play NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning.
Greene injured his right knee in the second quarter of the Titans' Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and didn't...
Kenny Britt may be giving the thumbs up to unrestricted free agency. (AP Photo)
A year ago, tight end Jared Cook decided to leave the Titans in order to test unrestricted free agency when the team wouldn’t pay him the money he desired. He rejected the tight end-position franchise tag and ended up signing a 5-year, $35.1 million deal with the Rams. Now, it appears that Kenny Britt...
By the NFL's official numbers, here's how the Titans lined up in yesterday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Texans.
Offense (70 total)
QB: Jake Locker 70
RB/FB: Chris Johnson 57, Collin Mooney 20, Jackie Battle 13
TE: Delanie Walker 59, Craig Stevens 34, Taylor Thompson 5
WR: Kenny Britt 60, Nate Washington 58, Kendall Wright 32, Justin Hunter 8, Michael Preston...
The Tennessee Titans will travel to Reliant Stadium as they try to keep their upset trend going. Houston showed last week that it doesn’t lay down, overcoming a 21 point deficit to defeat Philip Rivers and his Chargers with a last gasp field goal. The Titans on the other hand, leant on their strong defensive [...]
The Tennessee Titans held Houston and its many offensive playmakers in check for most of the day on Sunday.
With the game on the line late, the overworked defense simply couldn't stop the Texans anymore.
Rookie DeAndre Hopkins grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Texans rallied for a 30-24 win.
With Andre Johnson out after being shaken up in the fourth quarter...