After a week 1 upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers, most analysts were talking about how bad the Steelers were, not how far the Titans have come. That continued up until the Houston game. Everyone discounted the Titans. Yes, the Titans lost, but they did prove something along the way. The Titans have game.
On offense, the Titans drove down the field on the first drive, going up first. Quarterback Jake Locker actually looked more comfortable than ever. He finished the game 17-of-30 for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Although these aren’t stellar numbers, they prove to be solid.
He didn’t get much help from wide receiver Kenny Britt, who had several dropped balls. But, wide receiver Kendall Wright had a stellar game with seven receptions for 54 yards and a TD.
Running backs Chris Johnson and Jackie Battle assisted Locker on offense. Johnson finished with 96 yards running, showing signs of the quick, “dash” Titans fans got used to several years ago. Battle saw more action with running back Shonn Greene out for the game with a knee injury.
The defense was able to force quarterback Matt Schaub to throw two interceptions and the Titans capitalized with 10 points off turnovers. The rush defense had a bit of a problem controlling the Texans’ two-back attack with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Tate finished with 93 yards and Foster added 79, but it was much improved from last season overall.
No one gave the Titans enough credit coming into this game, much less this season. But after upsetting the Steelers and keeping the game with the Texans close, other teams better look out: the Titans are well on their way back into the mix.