Before the tide was turned on two plays early in the second quarter, in desperate need of a win to keep alive the Titans took an ancient lead.
Based on ESPN’s FPI, a win would have given a 40 percent chance to the Titans. The 34-17 loss to the Texans reduced Tennessee’s playoff opportunities to 13.7 percent.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel has shown he is not scared to go for it. Monday’s game was no different. Down 14-10, Vrabel revealed faith by going to it on fourth-and-1 at the 3-yard line of Houston. On the other hand, the decision to hand it off to tight end Luke Stocker about the fullback dive did not pan out.
Tennessee had the numbers in their favor when they chose to run power to the left side, where Dennis Kelly lined up as a speech qualified next to left tackle Taylor Lewan. Instead, by running away from the side of this formation, the Titans attempted to fool the Texans.
After turning it over on downs, the generally reliable Titans defense gave a 97-yard touchdown run by Houston running back Lamar Miller on the very next play. Tennessee was expecting to get field position and the cease . Instead, Miller demolished the eight-man front and outraced everybody breaking off the longest touchdown run of this season.
The two plays accounted for a swing and contributed into an avalanche of 20 points by the Texans. Additionally, it may have ended the Titans’ playoff possibilities.