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Texans vs. Titans: Houston rolls to 4-0 with 38-14 win

The Texans outscored the Titans 24-0 in the second half to improve to 4-0 on the season with ease.

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Strong second half leads Texans to win over Titans

The Houston Texans defense got involved in the scoring on Sunday, much to the chagrin of the Tennessee Titans, and helped power the Texans to a 38-14 win at Reliant Stadium. Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson each returned interceptions for touchdowns as part of a dominant second half in which the Texans outscored the Titans 24-7 to cruise past the Titans.

With the win, Houston remains perfect on the season at 4-0. Tennessee falls to 1-3 on the year and are quickly finding themselves out of the AFC South race.

Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson got the Texans going early with a 33-yard pass on the second play from scrimmage and then another 20 yards on the following play. Schaub then capped off the seven play, 77-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to James Casey and Houston was off and running.

The Texans' second touchdown drive was a little more balanced as Arian Foster got involved and combined with Schaub to move Houston 45 yards. Foster then rumbled into the end zone from four yards out and the Texans were up 14-0.

Things didn't get much better for the Titans when Jake Locker went down hurt. He left with a shoulder injury and was called "questionable to return", but never did.

That brought on Matt Hasselbeck, who did lead the Titans on a second quarter touchdown drive, but that was all he really managed.

With the Tennessee deficit cut to 14-7, Hasselbeck did his best to let Houston run away with the game. He got picked by Manning early in the third quarter and Manning took it back 55 yards for a touchdown. Hasselbeck also threw one to Jackson, which went 64 yards the other way for six.

In between, the Texans offense continued to cruise. Foster was slowed down some by the Titans' defense, but he did get to 86 yards and Schaub was efficient through the air, adding a second TD pass. Tennessee added a late touchdown, but the game was already over as Houston improved to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Fantasy studs/duds: The Texans defense had two interceptions for touchdowns for a nice showing, while Chris Johnson racked up 141 yards for the Titans, albeit without a touchdown. Check out SBN Fantasy for more.

Odds: Houston was favored by 12 and easily covered in their dominant victory. SBN Odds has everything else.

Injury info: There is no word yet on the severity of Jake Locker's shoulder injury. That he was "questionable to return" is encouraging, but he never made it back and there has not been an update yet.

Next up: Both teams are on the road next week. The Texans get eight days off because their next game is on Monday night against the Jets, while the Titans will look to get back on track versus the Vikings.


Houston adds cushion to lead in third quarter

After the Tennessee Titans kept themselves in the game despite losing quarterback Jake Locker in the first quarter, the Houston Texans have taken firm control of the game after three quarters, leading 28-7.

The Titans have played the ball-control game thus far, rushing Chris Johnson 17 times for 86 yards. But in picking and choosing their time to strike, Tennessee turned the ball over.

On the Titans' second possession of the game at their own 32-yard line, backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck went deep to tight end Taylor Thompson. But Houston safety Danieal Manning intercepted the pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to give the Texans a 21-7 lead.

The Texans added another score soon after. Quarterback Matt Schaub found tight end Owen Daniels for a 28-yard touchdown to top off a 75-yard Houston drive that took less than three minutes.

Daniels leads the Texans with six catches for 72 yards after three quarters.

The Titans have hurt themselves with seven penalties for 73 yards.


Texans lead Titans after first quarter

The Houston Texans lead the Tennessee Titans 14-0 after the first quarter thanks to stout defense and an opportunistic offense.

The Texans methodically moved down the field on the first possession of the game, going 77 yards in seven plays to score on a Matt Schaub pass to James Casey for an 11-yard touchdown. The usual Texans suspects are leading the team thus far. Schaub is 7-for-9 for 92 yards and he's hit Andre Johnson twice for 53 yards.

Arian Foster already has 10 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. After the defense set up a drive starting at the Tennesee 47-yard line, Foster finished off a drive with a 4-yard touchdown run before the end of the first quarter.

Titans quarterback Jake Locker left the game with an injured shoulder that occurred on a sack, and his return is questionable, according to the team. Locker went 0-for-2 before leaving the game.

Tennessee only produced 38 total yards against the stout Houston defense in the first quarter.


Texans avoid Titans' Kenny Britt

The biggest inactive for the matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans is wide receiver Kenny Britt. The official Twitter account of the Titans tweeted out their inactives on Sunday, and he is the only big name. Britt left the Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions midway through the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Officially, it's an ankle sprain, and Britt isn't able to go at 100 percent with it just yet, so he'll be among the inactives.

For the Texans, there's not much of note regarding their inactive list. The team tweeted out its list from the official account and the usual suspects are on it. Cornerback Jonathan Joseph and wide receiver Andre Johnson were limited in practice throughout the week, and having them inactive would have been a major loss, but fortunately for the Texans, they'll suit up and play.

The full inactive list for both teams is below.

Texans: QB John Beck, WR Lestar Jean, CB Roc Carmichael, CB Brandon Harris, LB Tim Dobbins, T Andrew Gardner, OL Brandon Brooks

Titans: WR Kenny Britt, LB Colin McCarthy, QB Rusty Smith, RB Jamie Harper, OL Mike Otto, OL Deuce Lutui, DT DaJohn Harris

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