The Tennessee Titans finished their 2011 season with a 23-22 victory over the Houston Texans and finished with a 9-7 record. The Titans finished out the season going 4-2 in their last six games but could not overcome losses to the (at the time winless) Colts and a last minute loss to the New Orleans Saints. I will have more analysis on the season in my next blog.
The Texans came into the game locked into the 3rd seed in the AFC and decided to rest Arian Foster and Jonathan Joseph. They looked sharp on their first drive and took a 7-0 lead behind T.J. Yates passing and Ben Tate running. Yates left the game after their first drive with an apparent shoulder injury. Jake Delhomme finished the rest of the game and played well after not playing this season. The Texans were a 2 point conversion from beating the Titans, but an errand snap spoiled their comeback.
The Titans were led by Matthew Hasselbeck who finished the day just shy of 300 yards passing, finishing with 297 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Chris Johnson filled in with 61 yards on 15 carries. I sound like a broken record…but the Titans struggled once again with the running game. The inconsistency will drive us fans up a wall. This component of the offense (or lack thereof) will definitely have to be addressed in the off season.
The game went back and forth with no team holding a lead bigger than 7 points. The Texans matched the Titans point by point. The game was tied on three different occasions. The Texans only had a chance because the Titans inexplicably had fullback Ahmad Hall trying to run out the clock. On that very important play Titans’ offensive coordinator sent Chris Johnson in motion (like the Titans were going to pass?) and pitched the ball to Hall, only to have a Texans’ defender come and pop Hall, which forced the fumble. Good thing the Titans held on for the victory.
With the Jets losing, the Titans needed the Raiders and Broncos to win on Saturday. Both teams failed to follow the plan and the Titans played their last game of the season. Nonetheless, the coaching staff can look to build on a 9-7 season going into next OTA’s and training camp.
Well, as they say…wait ‘til next year!
About the Author
Written by Robert Krueger
Robert has been a sports fan his entire life. He lives just outside of Los Angeles, CA and is a HUGE Tennessee Titans fan. His passion for the Titans goes way back to the first time he watched Earl Campbell on MNF against the Dolphins. Robert says “he was a beast bowling over the defenders like they were bowling pins”. He has a B.S. degree in Marketing from California State University Northridge. He likes all sports and he follows the following teams: Titans, Lakers, Dodgers, USC Trojans, LA Kings, US MNT (Soccer). You can follow him on twitter @krueger_323