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Week 13 Game Recap: Houston Texans 13, Tennessee Titans 24
What you need to know
The Texans lost Alfred Blue
, C.J. Fiedorowicz
and Braxton Miller
due to concussions. This is not a positive development for Fiedorowicz who suffered his third concussion this season.
left the game after one reception after being hit low and was lost for the game with a hamstring injury.
The Titans offense did just enough for the victory again this week, led by their rushing attack with nearly 200 yards on the ground. Derrick Henry
busted off another 75-yard touchdown run this week to ice the game late in the fourth quarter. Marcus Mariota
also rushed for a touchdown while passing for just 150 yards as he rarely attempted deep passes. Delanie Walker
found the end zone and led the team in receiving for the second straight week as he was the only Titans receiver with a notable fantasy performance.
|QB Tom Savage, 81 offensive snaps, Pass: 31 - 49 - 365 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
Somehow Tom Savage
put together his best career yardages passing day of his career throwing for 365 yards on the day. Savage was cruising when he had his full complement of skill players but when C.J. Fiedorowicz
, Braxton Miller
and Bruce Ellington
all were lost, the offense was looking for any type of answers. Savage spread the ball around nine different receivers and really had no choice. His only two targets as the game wore on were DeAndre Hopkins
and Stephen Anderson
were the go to players. Anderson benefited the most from Savage who hit him for 4 yard touchdown pass on a broken play and then late in the game hit him with gains of 25 and 22 to keep the chains moving. Savageís biggest mistake came on ball he threw up to Hopkins where he was expecting him to stay outside but a late move inside allowed the defender to intercept the ball in the end zone. With a makeshift offensive line and banged up skill group, Tom Savage
somehow was able to keep the Texans in the game.
|RB Lamar Miller, 65 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 56 - 0, Rec: 4 - 38 - 0 (4 targets)|
It was tough sledding for the run game and Miller only had 5 carries for 11 yards in the 1st half. The second half it was a different story when Miller put up 45 yards on the gourd and 38 more yards catching 4 passes. Miller continues to be the Texans 2nd best offense threat on the field. The Texans continued to run the football and it finally opened up some in the second half.
|RB Andre Ellington, 47 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - -4 - 0, Rec: 5 - 56 - 0 (6 targets)|
The Texans had Ellington in for a small offensive package and concentrated throwing him the football. His first reception came out of the backfield for 29 yards but then with all of the injuries the Texans put him at slot wide receiver. Ellington was being taught where to lineup as the game went on and what routes to run on the field. He caught three passes from the slot just being claimed two weeks ago.
As long as DeAndre Hopkins
is on the field, he will get the majority of the targets. Hopkins missed an early TD when he could not get his right foot down after completing the catch. Hopkins caught 8 passes for 80 yards and his second half was tougher because coverage was rolled over his way with no real threats at other positions. The Texans did try to take the lead on a deep ball to Hopkins but was picked off with Hopkins and Savage not being on the same page.
Two weeks in a row Braxton Miller
has put together strong games and this one was a 4 reception for 71 yards. Millerís biggest catch of the day came on a vertical route to the middle of the field for 57 to set up the Texans first score of the day. Miller continues to show growth as a player when the ball is headed his way and is playing at a high level as a wide receiver split out and in the slot.
Anderson had a strong game going for 79 yards and even a touchdown catch for 4 yards on a broken play. He had a couple bad drops but he was able to make some clutch catches down the stretch for 25 yards and key 22 yard reception on 4th and 19. Anderson will more than likely be the Texans primary tight end target moving forward with more injuries to the group.
|QB Marcus Mariota, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 23 - 150 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 23 - 1|
had another mediocre day that was saved by his rushing productivity. He was held to less than 200 passing yards for the second straight week. Mariota's rushing touchdown came from nine yards out as he made a great read to keep the ball and roll left instead of handing it off to Derrick Henry
. Mariota even fooled the cameraman with how good of a fake this was as he accelerated to the left side and easily made it into the end zone for the Titans' first touchdown of the day. Mariota had another nice run near the end of the half as found nothing he liked downfield and proceeded to outrun three Texans' defenders to the edge for a 12-yard gain and a first down to get the Titans into field goal range. His day through the air was not as spectacular as Mariota struggled with accuracy on a number of throws. He missed a wide open Jonnu Smith
in the end zone early in this game as Mariota tried to run for the first down but was stopped. Mariota did perform well when not under pressure though, as his offensive line did a solid job throughout the game in pass protection with all 150 of Mariota's passing yards coming from a clean pocket. Mariota's lone touchdown pass was a beauty though as he found Delanie Walker
across the middle of the field with a very accurate throw for the 24-yard score.
|RB DeMarco Murray, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 66 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)|
Demarco Murray finally had a solid game as this 66 rushing yards marked his highest rushing yardage total since Week 3. Murray's workload was equaled by Derrick Henry
as they received the same amount of carries, but Murray received most of the carries throughout the first half. Murray made a nice move to pick up 13 yards on a screen midway through the second quarter for his longest reception of the day. He also had a few nice runs of over 10 yards throughout the first half as he looked explosive when in space. Late in the third, Murray showed great vision with no running lanes open in the middle of the field, bouncing a run to the outside as he picked up 22 yards and a first down. That would be Murray's last gain of the game as Derrick Henry
dominated the touches in the fourth quarter.
finished with an equal amount of carries as Demarco Murray here but outshined Murray on the stat sheet due mostly to two big plays on the day. Henry had a carry midway through the second quarter on which he made a nice move in the backfield to evade one tackle, then shed off a couple more tackles on his way to near the end zone before having the ball popped out from behind him. Thankfully for Henry, the ball barely missed the pylon and went out of bounds instead of through the back of the end zone, which would have been disastrous for the Titans. Henry's other big play was the 75-yard game-icing touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Henry took the pitch out of the backfield and absolutely turned on the burners as he blasted through the arms of defenders and simply outran the Texans secondary with his astonishing speed. Outside of those two plays, most of Henry's gains were minuscule as he would have averaged around 3.5 yards per attempt without that 75-yard run factored in.
|WR Eric Decker, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (6 targets)|
saw more playing time this week with Rishard Matthews
out again. Decker actually led the team in targets with six, but he managed to catch just half of those targets for 27 yards. He was targeted on three straight plays on a Titans drive midway through the second quarter, one of which was a deep ball that Decker just missed on. Decker also did a great job drawing a couple of pass interference penalties that would not show up on the stat sheet but was impactful in moving the Titans down the field.
|WR Corey Davis, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (4 targets)|
caught one pass for 13 yards on the first play of the game, but he was relatively invisible aside from that. He was targeted four times and did haul in one other catch, but Davis couldn't get anything going as he was fairly well-covered for most of the day.
finished as the Titans' top receiver for the second straight week, as his stat line looked nearly identical this week as it did last week. Walker started slowly with just one 11-yard reception and a busted screen in the first half. However, Walker had a big drive late in the third quarter, starting with an 18-yard deep ball on a nice route on the right side. Walker later had a close play that would have been a big first down called back to give the Titans a fourth-and-one that they would convert. The play after converting that fourth down, Mariota found Walker across the middle of the field for a 24-yard touchdown pass. Mariota threw a strike to hit Walker in full stride as Walker ran a great route across the middle of the field and easily sprinted into the end zone.