Texans at Titans: 1st half thoughts


Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (41) dives forward for extra yardage against Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin (33) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans are playing a game that looks like it is between two teams who have a total of eight combined wins entering Week 17, with the Texans leading the Titans, 7-6.

One plus for the Texans in the first half as their opening drive, starting with the great kickoff return by Keshawn Martin. From there the Texans looked like an actual offense putting together a 9-play, 63-yard drive ending with Jonathan Grimes touchdown for 3 yards, the first of his NFL career.

The next two drives ended in punts and the fourth Texans drive ended with a fumble by Grimes which was recovered by Zach Brown.

Not to be outdone though, Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception on the ensuing that was intercepted by Brice McCain. That INT was just the 11th turnover forced by the Texans this season, the fewest in the NFL.

All six points by the Titans are from two field goals by Rob Bironas.

The Texans haven’t played great this game, but they are doing a little better than their opponent, so that is a plus, but neither team is that impressive thus far.

As for the stat sheet, Matt Schaub is 13-of-20 for 134 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for the Texans. Fitzpatrick is 9-of-17 for 118 yards a the QB spot for the Titans.

Grimes leads the Texans in rushing with 34 yards (10 carries) and one touchdown. The leading receiver for the Texans is also Grimes with four receptions and 35 yards.

Chris Johnson leads the Titans with 63 yards (11 carries) on the ground and Kendall Wright has 53 yards receiving on three receptions.

I doubt the second half will be anymore exciting, but we’ll see. Only two quarters remain this regular season for the Texans and Titans.

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