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Wild ride ends the wrong way | Vandermeer's View

Houston Texans
19 Oct 2020, 18:02 GMT+10

Marc Vandermeer

This was one of the wildest Texans games we've ever seen. During the second half you could feel that a classic was brewing. The only question was which team would go home happy.

Down 14 points twice in the first half, Houston cut the deficit to 11 by the break.

In the second half, the offense erupted, with a huge assist by the defense and special teams. A J.J. Watt strip sack, Bradley Roby pick and Justin Reid field goal block set up TD drives, as the Texans exploded for 26 points after intermission.

For the third time this season, the Texans took the lead into the 4th quarter. They have won only one of those games.

This time, Houston drove for a TD inside the two minute warning. Romeo Crennel elected to go for two to basically put the game out of reach. The Texans didn't make it and had to settle for a seven-point lead.

The way the Titans galloped down the field on the ensuing drive showed that it was the right call. The defense had a rough day, despite the takeaways, and gave up over 600 yards, by far the most in franchise history.

After the Titans tied the game on A.J. Brown's ultra-reviewed catch with four seconds left in regulation, the Texans were denied the ball by the coin toss gods and had to go right back on defense in the extra session.

This enabled Tennessee to put Derrick Henry back into the game, being a non-hurry-up situation. His 53-yard catch-and-run was later followed by the five-yard game winning TD out of the wildcat formation.

Henry ran for over 200 yards, including a 94-yard gut-puncher in the 4th quarter that enabled Tennessee to retake the lead after Houston grabbed it in the third. But the Texans never flinched and stormed right back in front.

Watson threw four TD passes. Will Fuller had his third 100+ yard game of the season and is putting together a Pro Bowl campaign. Darren Fells had a career best 85 receiving yards and a score. Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks had touchdowns.

The fact that the Texans played turnover free, got two takeaways and a blocked kick and lost shows you how difficult things were in stopping the Titans attack. Ryan Tannehill threw four TD passes and is now 14-4 as a Titans starter.

The defeat sends the Texans to 1-5 with mighty Green Bay coming into town next week. The schedule shows no mercy and the Texans need to regroup quickly to stay with the Pack and have a chance to leave the building smiling.

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