Johnson, Texans won the game and the fight
The Houston Texans weren’t ones to underestimate the Tennessee Titans and starting rookie quarterback Rusty Smith. From the start, the Houston Texans began with pressuring young Smith with a Mario Williams sack on the Titans’ offense’s first play of the game. It didn’t stop there, the heavily criticized Williams, Amobi Okoye, Glover Quin, Bernard Pollard and Brian Cushing all had excellent days on the field in the Texans 20-0 win over their division rival Titans.
The Texans shut down the Tennessee Titans offense in the first half. Quarterback Rusty Smith only had 50 yards and an interception while running back Chris Johnson only produced 3 carries for 2 yards. On the other hand, the Texans offense had a slow first quarter but was on track by the second. Foster already had totaled 114 yards while Matt Schaub totaled 137 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The first half interception went to Glover Quin, who had been stuck with the Texans last two losses. In the first half, the Titans only had two first downs compared to the Texans’ 15 first half first downs.
The Texans’ revved up their second half offense and defense against a confidence-dunked Titans team. Titans’ standout runningback CJ2K was nicknamed CJ(-2) and ended the game with only 5 yards rushing. Additionally, Smith threw two more picks to Glover Quin, who cashed in on his first hat trick of picks in his NFL career. Foster finished the game with thirty carries for 143 yards, including many impeccable run plays that made Titan defenders miss, as well as nine receptions for 75 yards. Andre Johnson had himself a different game this season, not to mention his NFL career. Johnson had his most offensively-involved game since the Redskins game, finishing with nine receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. However, he was ejected in the fourth quarter for falling into the self-proclaimed “dirtiest player in the league,” Cortland Finnergan. Johnson was ejected for throwing punches at Finnergan, who laughed in wake of two to three haymakers to the face. Johnson’s ejection didn’t slow the Texans though. Houston finished with 24 to Tennessee’s 9 overall first downs. Additionally, the Texans offense touted 346 total offensive yards compared to the Titans’ lowly 162 offensive yards.
The Houston Texans were coached to tip-top form, and the addition of excellent execution brought the Texans their first shutout win of the season. The Titans, who bid their offensive coordinator their bests in his battle against cancer, leave an emotional week with the loss. Rusty Smith failed to impress, and even worse, Titan playmakers Randy Moss and Chris Johnson were pratcically invisible against the Texans’ defense. Houston heads to Philadelphia to battle Michael Vick and the Eagles on Thursday night. The question there is, will the league be instituting any penalty more than a fine against Andre Johnson for his punches thrown at Cortland Finnergan in the fourth quarter.