The Houston Texans (0,1) traveled to LP Field in Nashville this Sunday to take on the undefeated Tennessee Titans (2-0). The Texans have not defeated the Titans in the past 6 times the two teams have met. Today marks the first game the Texans have played since Hurricane Ike hit their city last week. The Texans look to provide hope to a struggling city with a win over the Titans this week. Meanwhile, Tennessee looks to continue their undefeated streak and maintain their spot at the top of the AFC South.
On the first play of the game, Titans QB Kerry Collins threw an interception. The Texans capitalized on this costly turnover and got an easy field goal. Redeeming himself for the way he opened the game, Collins led the Titans down the field on the next drive with 51 passing yards and a 12 yard rush. LenDale White punched in the touchdown on 4th and 1 from the Houston 2.
On the first play of the Texans second drive, Michael Griffin intercepted the ball. However the ball was given back to the Texans in the next couple plays as Justin Mcariens fumbled the ball after a catch. The Texans again capitalized on the Tennessee turnover by adding another three points on their next drive. The Titans then answered back with 7 more points after Collins led another spectacular drive that ended in a 9 yard touchdown pass to TE Bo Scaife.
There were two drives for both the Titans and Texans in the second quarter. They were very similar as both teams had a mix of runs and passes. Both teams took their time and worked their way down the field. Both drives ended in rushing touchdowns. White scored his second TD of the day while Steve Slaton ran it in for the Texans. The half ended with the Titans leading 21-12.
The third quarter was a battle of defensive stands. Both teams defenses eliminated the big gain plays that were constant in the first two quarters. The only points scored in the 3rd quarter was a field goal by pro-bowl kicker Rob Bironas.
The fourth quarter consisted of the Titans taking whatever the Texans defense would give them. They played this quarter very conservative and ran down the clock as much as they could. The Texans two chances to get back into the game were abruptly ended by interceptions. Their first drive ended when Matt Schaub threw his second interception to Griffin. Houston’s second (and last) drive was ended when CB Cortland Finnegan intercepted the ball and returned it 99 yards for another Titans touchdown. This interception sealed the game and gave the Tennessee Titans a 31-12 win.
The Titans continued their winning streak and stay at the top of the AFC South as they are now 3-0. The Titans offense looked very good this week. Kerry Collins led the team going 14/26 for 189 yards with 1 touchdown. Tennessee ran for over 150 yards with White scoring 2 touchdowns on the ground. The Titans stellar defense once again showed why they are among one of the best in the NFL. They finished with 3 interceptions, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
Tennessee looked extremely well today as both the offense and the defense did their job. The 3-0 Titans will look to extend their winning streak next week when the Minnesota Vikings come to LP field. With the way the Titans are playing, I think 4-0 is definitely possible.