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You didn’t truly believe this would be simple, did you?The Texans may be a mess this season, however they are still the Texans– the group of Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt and all those receivers and tight ends the Titans can’t cover.All that had obviously modified in 2020. The rising Titans were unbeaten, the decreasing Texans coping shift, having really fired coach Costs O’Brien. This rainy, bleak afternoon was establishing to be a declaration, a presentation of how much the balance of
power in the division had actually moved towards Nashville.Have we finally reached a point where the Titans are anticipated to win quickly and after that go do it?Not so much.It still took whatever they needed to beat Texans at their worst.It took a Titans group that keeps thriving in these outrageous high-wire acts handing out a winnable computer game and after that doing simply enough to
rescue it, 42-36 in overtime. More: Titans 42, Texans 36 in overtime: 5
observations as Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry lead awesome triumph It took 601 lawns of offense.It took Derrick Henry running for 212 yards and an electrical 94-yard touchdown prior to taking a short pass 53 lawns in overtime, followed by a direct breeze for the game-winning rating.” We saw someone taking the video game over,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Henry.”& mldr; & mldr; He actually put us on his back and brought us.
” It took Ryan Tannehill tossing for 364 yards and 4 goals and directing yet another clutch drive in crunch time, finding A.J. Brown for a 7-yard goal with 4 seconds staying in regulation.No matter how this occurred, it suggested something for the Titans to beat this specific opponent.The Texans aren’t simply a competitor for the Titans.The ties in between these sides make it more individual than that. The Texans have more looked like that older bro who’s just a little stronger, a little funnier, better looking, more effective, constantly somehow in the way.Just last December, the Texans got a big win in Nissan Arena that suggested the AFC South. For this reason every video game of last season’s Titans’ playoff run was on the roadway. Even that success for the Titans, in a sense, may be credited to the Texans. By resting their leading gamers in Week 17, the Texans assisted their divisional rival in the result that got them in. The Titans didn’t beat them straight to do it.In Sunday’s rematch, the Titans needed to hold on for dear life.But they won.To beat the Texans provides additional confirmation that the Titans are the group to beat in the AFC South. No matter the ongoing flaws– like a defense that has continuously had a difficult time to hold leads– you are what your record says you are.What difference does it make ultimately if much of the Titans’ 5-0 start has really come the hard way?Shouldn’ t have in fact anticipated that Sunday, either. The uniforms considered that away.When the Titans began stumbling away this video game they had actually been managing, it all felt oddly predestined– the obstructed short basket, Watt’s sack and fumble healing at the Titans 4, the missed out on brief field goal, the 53-yard touchdown strike by Watson to quickly counter Henry’s long objective, the interception by Tannehill after that, Watson’s fourth-down goal toss with 1:50 remaining.But after three of these heart-stopping triumphes currently this season, it also felt strangely foreseeable that Tannehill would find a way to direct that drive to require overtime, that an absolutely clutch group would continue to be that.It’s in that way in which 2020 has actually been so numerous. The Titans keep winning close video games that may have gone the other way and did not.By now, that can’t be thought about as mere luck.Even, it turns out, against the pesky Texans.Reach Gentry Estes at [email protected] and on Twitter @Gentry_Estes. Facebook Email