KEY PLAYER FROM GAME
The key player from this game was obviously Deshaun Watson. Watson, in his 3rd career start, easily had his best game of the season. Watson went 25-34 for 283 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Watson also had 4 rushes for 24 yards and another touchdown this time on the ground. The entire Texans team controlled this game from the start which was led by Watson as the Texans put up the most points in franchise history in front of 71,804 people at NRG Stadium.
GAME RECAP AND ANALYSIS
Today was just not the Titans day from the time the game started. On the Titans first possession, Marcus Mariota threw an interception that led to the Texans first touchdown of the day. The Titans then went 3 and out on their next two possessions in which the Texans responded with touchdowns on both of them and took a quick 21-0 lead less than a minute into the 2nd quarter. The Titans finally got on the board in the second quarter on a beautiful 35 yard touchdown run by Mariota. However, while it looked like that touchdown run might spark the team, it did not. The defense today had quite possibly one of the worst games in recent memory for the Titans. The secondary had no idea what was going on throughout the game. It seemed like as Deshaun Watson had a QBR of 125 and only 9 incompletions to 25 completions. Kevin Byard did have his first career interception finally and the end of the first half and that was the only good thing for the defense all day. The Titans offense was just plain absent today as they had only 41 offensive plays for 195 total yards compared to the Texans 78 offensive plays for 445 total yards. The Titans turned the ball over 5 times as well with two INT’s each between Mariota (who left the game with a hamstring injury) and Matt Cassel (who threw a pick 6) and a fumble. This was the worst game in recent Titans memory and could be compared with the 59-0 loss to the Patriots in 2009.
NOTE: Marcus Mariota will undergo an MRI on his hamstring on Monday.