The Titans served up more disappointment this week, falling to the Texans 27-20.
The Texans looked like they were going to run the Titans out of town. Osweiler used Will Fuller and Lamar Miller exclusively on the first two drives, scoring two quick touchdowns.
After exchanging field goals, it was gut check time. Tennessee had to find a way to jump start the offense. They did just that with a bomb to Rishard Matthews, who got behind the Houston secondary.
Two quick DeMarco Murray scores later, the Titans had tied it up at 17.
After a Houston field goal to end the half, Mariota came out firing. A big strike to Andre had the Titans in business in the redzone, but the drive stalled. Succop nailed the field goal to tie the game at 20.
After a couple of bad offensive possessions, Will Fuller flipped the game on its head. He housed a punt late in the third quarter and gave the Texans a huge boost. The offense had been non-existent since the first half.
A late defensive stand on 4th and 1 gave the Titans a shot. Just like the previous three weeks, the Titans had a shot to win it late.
Mariota and DeMarco Murray got the offense down in Houston territory, but failed to convert a key 4th down. Mariota missed Andre Johnson high on the 4th and 6, ending the Titans' chances for a victory.
Mariota finished the day with an ugly 13-29, 203 yard stat line, but he did show signs of life in the process. The Titans attacked down the field, hitting one strike to Rishard Matthews. But when it counted, the Titans couldn't deliver.
The difference in the game turned out to be Will Fuller's punt return. Without that, we likely see an overtime game. The defense stood tall, posting another second half shutout. But that was once again wasted.
Tennessee had every opportunity to throw themselves into the division title race, but the offense just couldn't muster anything when it counted. The Titans move to 1-3 on the season and look like the same team that's taken the field over the past few seasons.
We'll see what kind of effort the Titans can manage against a terrible Miami team next week.