4 things we learned from the Week 17 loss to the Titans


The Houston Texans went from a 2-0 start to dropping 14 straight. Who could have predicted that? Not anyone. The Tennessee Titans meanwhile finished a respectable 7-9 despite multiple injuries to Jake Locker. Here are four things we learned from the loss.

4. Chris Johnson had a strong game

In what is likely his final game until the Titans release him, Chris Johnson was one of the top players on the field, rushing for 127 yards on 27 carries and scoring Tennessee’s only touchdown- which was the difference of the game.

Johnson’s been below average all season, but was able to run all over the Texans today, and was a key part in the win.

3. Passing games were awful, defenses stingy

Matt Schaub and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for just 383 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Downright pitiful.

These are two of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league- but credit has to be given to both pass defenses, who pose top-10 pass defenses. Top wideouts Andre Johnson and Kendall Wright from each team were held to a combined 11 receptions for only 99 yards.

2. Titans defense continues to bail out terrible offense

It’s easy to overlook at how talented Tennessee’s defense is. A top-10 pass defense unit allowed just 10 points in this one.

Poor play from Ryan Fitzpatrick, a turnover machine all season and a very terrible Chris Johnson led to too many problems on offense, but the Titans stingy defense has been around all season to bail them out. This game was no different.

1. Texans need a game manager to compete

The Texans do not need an elite quarterback or mobile quarterback or anything to compete next year. With Arian Foster and Andre Johnson on offense, and a top-five defense, this team has a ton of potential. All they need is a quarterback.

Case Keenum and Matt Schaub simply turned the ball over way too many times, especially in clutch situations which cost the Texans plenty of wins this year. With the first overall pick in the draft, they just need a game manager- a quarterback who doesn’t have to play great- and only has to protect the ball for his team to win.

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