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- Play Calling:
- The Titans win games, but they do not excel in play calling. They didn’t on Sunday against the Texans. It takes them too long to get the offense into a rhythm. Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 15-of-23 passes for 150 yards. A home game against a weakened division rival should not give an ascending team this much trouble.
- Late in the third quarter, facing 4th and 1 from the Texans 27, the Titans attempted a conversion. They converted and on the next play, Titans TE Delanie Walker found the end zone.
- Personnel Utilization:
- The Titans running game saved the day for the Titans again. Derrick Henry closed the game out after the Titans leaned heavily on running back DeMarco Murray in the first half. Henry sealed the game with a 75 yard TD run. At some point they will learn that Henry is their best back and should be their workhorse.
- The Titans do get their reserves ready to play. Cornerback LeShaun Sims playing for a concussed Logan Ryan intercepted a Tom Savage pass in the end zone that was intended for DeAndre Hopkins with 1:08 left in what was then a 17-13 game. Sims stepped up in a crucial situation for his team. .
- The Texans personnel played well considering suffering key injuries throughout the game on both sides of the ball. They also had their reserves ready to play at a high level.
- In-Game Adjustment:
- The Titans got off to a slow start and were down 10-0 but fought back and scored 17 in a row to win this game. They kept their attention on running the ball when they realized that they couldn’t move the ball down the field via the air.
- Clock Management:
- The Titans used their timeouts on defense in a 10-7 game. After the Texans drove and missed a field goal, there was enough time for the Titans to kick a 43 yard goal right before the half.
- The Titans lost a challenge when they challenged a first down ruling on a Tom Savage completion with 6:29 in the third quarter. The ruling on the field was upheld.