A Coaches Take: 4 Reasons the Texans Beat the Titans

***Disclaimer: The AFC South is BAD! The Houston Texans are the only decent team in the division, but are 3-1 with no wins against any team over .500 this season. That being said, when these teams play each other in division games, someone has to win. This week it was the Texans.

TEXANS EARLY SUCCESS

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The Texans made the most of their first three drives scoring two touchdowns and a field goal to rack up 17 early points in the first quarter. Then Houston capitalized on a Titans penalty to add 3 points with a field goal as the half ended. That would be all the scoring for the Houston Texans Offense

TITANS PENALTIES

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The Titans shot themselves in the foot all game with 93 yards in penalties. Defensive penalties of 12 men on the field and pass interference both led to field goals made by the Texans.

MARIOTA PLAYED HORRIBLE

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Photo Credit: Teresa Walker/AP Pro Football

This was not a good game for the young signal caller. His 34.8 QBR was indicative of his poor play. This entire game saw Mariota throw pass after pass that was tipped, deflected, or should have been intercepted.

WILL FULLER IS THE X FACTOR

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Photo Credit: Houston Texans

When DeAndre Hopkins disappears, enter Will Fuller. Offensively, Fuller accounted for 7 receptions, 81 yards, and 1 touchdown to boost the struggling Brock Osweiler’s stats. But the game changer was Fuller’s 67 yard punt return for a touchdown that proved to beat the difference in this 27-20 win.

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