Some of the Tennessee Titans’ worst defeats in the last couple years have come against the Houston Texans. Ultimately, though, the Titans did not let the Texans get the best of them.
Each of the last four years Tennessee has split the season series with the franchise that took its spot in southeast Texas.
The last three times the Titans had to win the second game in order to do so. They will try to do it again Sunday (noon, CBS) when they play their first home game in a month.
The Texans rolled to a 38-14 victory in this season’s first meeting, Sept. 30 at Houston. That was the game in which Jake Locker sustained a second shoulder injury, which caused him to miss the next five games.
A year ago, the Titans bounced back from a 41-7 loss at home in September and won 23-22 on the final Sunday of the regular season when Houston had little at stake. In 2010, Houston notched the only shutout in series history, 20-0, in September but Tennessee answered with a 31-17 victory in the rematch. In 2009 the teams traded three-point triumphs capped by the Titans’ 20-17 victory at Houston.
The Titans are 2-3 at LP Field this season, but their last appearance there was one they’d like to forget, the 51-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4.