Texans run for 281 yards in 34-17 victory over Titans

AP

The Texans won their eighth consecutive game with a relatively easy 34-17 victory over the Titans.

Houston moved to 8-3, maintaining its two-game lead over the Colts in the AFC South. The Titans fell to 5-6.

The Texans and Colts play in two weeks.

It was the first game the Texans have played without their owner, Bob McNair, who died last week. The team honored him before the game and then during the game with a convincing win.

Houston gained 281 of its 462 yards on the ground, with Lamar Miller gaining 162 yards on 12 carries, including a 97-yard touchdown. It was his most rushing yards since he picked up 175 on 14 carries for Miami in a game against the Texans in 2015.

Deshaun Watson gained 70 yards and scored a touchdown on nine carries. He appeared to lose a fumble at the end of a 34-yard run to the Tennessee 12 in the fourth quarter, but replay upheld the ruling on the field that Watson was down by contact.

Two plays later, Watson threw his second touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. Thomas scored on touchdowns of 12 and 10 yards, catching four passes for 38 yards.

Watson finished 19-of-24 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 74 yards.

Marcus Mariota was nearly perfect, finishing 22-of-23 for 303 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

The Texans sacked him six times, including 2.5 by Christian Covington and 1.5 each by J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Watt also had a forced fumble that the Titans recovered.

Derrick Henry lost a fumble, and the Titans were stopped short on fourth-and-one from the Houston 2.

21 responses to “Texans run for 281 yards in 34-17 victory over Titans

  1. The Titans are pretty good at home but on the road, their defense is no longer as dominate. It’s like they wised up to play the best game they ever possibly could over the last five years against New England a few weeks ago and then, chose to throw in the towel from that point onwards. That one game was their super bowl.

  2. 281 yards rushing? Where is the defense?

    It’s like football is a video game or something.

    (sarcasm alert)

  3. Put the Colts on Monday Night Football instead of the trash Titans not once, but TWICE?! Let’s admit it: the Jagaurs and Titans only made the playoffs last year because Luck was out for the year and Watson suffered a season-ending injury. Can’t wait for Colts-Texans on Sunday Night Football, week 14, who will end the winning streak on Sunday Night?

  4. I heard a radio interview with Watson’s college coach shortly after he was drafted where he said, “He will win you a Super Bowl”. I’m starting to believe him. Probably not this year, but that kid is absolutely for real.

  5. footballseasonrules says:
    November 26, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    It’s like they wised up to play the best game they ever possibly could over the last five years against New England a few weeks ago and then, chose to throw in the towel from that point onwards. That one game was their super bowl.
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    This syndrome is called “Jacksonville Jaguaritis”.

  6. jrquiz says:
    November 26, 2018 at 11:47 pm
    Quite possibly it’s Watson vs Mahomes in the AFC Championship game. That would be epic.

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    Or more likely Ben and Brady

  7. Dont let mental Mike Mac here about all that running. Hey mike how about a great strategy, run on first and second and then throw on third they will never figure that out.
    Yes the one run was for 97 yards and it was cool to see. Even these guys by the time he got to the 10 he looked gassed.
    Pretty good game. I would not discount Houston with that pass rush and QB play, they are contenders for sure.

  8. For those who didnt watch the titans jumped out to a 10 point lead in no time. Then forced a fumble on the kickoff and bein snake bit as they always are didnt get the recovery. If they would have it would have been 17-0 easily. Thr game changed completely when mike vrabel decided to be a meathead and run a tight end on the goal line who has never carried the ball.Then the titans quit on him. Cant blame em.

  9. Laugh at me if you must, but after I saw them on Hard Knocks a couple seasons ago, I became a believer. Texans are on the way up, and so is Cleveland.

  10. Dallas is my NFC team. Houston is my AFC team would love to see an all TEXAS SUPER BOWL that way I could not lose.

  11. It took a while for that Texans pass rush to get going but once they did… yikes. They were in that backfield all day. They had no answer for Covington in the middle. Too much attention paid to Watt. Once the rolled protection back to the middle Watt got loose with 1.5 sacks, forced fumble and a TFL. All in the second half. I will say that Lewan did a good job on Clowney.

  12. Thr game changed completely when mike vrabel decided to be a meathead and run a tight end on the goal line who has never carried the ball.

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    Vrabel made the decision to go for it, which I liked. The OC Lefleur decided to give it to the TE, which I did not like. I’d rather direct snap to Henry or something like that.

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