Nashville, TN – In Week 4 of the 2017 season, the Tennessee Titans traveled to the Houston Texans to face the defending AFC South champions and fell to the Texans by a score of 57-14.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw an interception to Safety Andre Hal on the Titans opening drive and the Texans capitalized by scoring on a two-yard rush by rookie Quartherback Deshaun Watson.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadiumon Oct. 1, 2017. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
On the following Houston possession, the Texans raised the lead to 14-0 on an eight-yard pass from Watson to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans added a third touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, a 16-yard score from Watson to WR Will Fuller V to increase the lead to 21-0.
Mariota put the Titans on the board in the second stanza with a 34-yard rushing touchdown, cutting Houston’s lead to 21-7.
DT Jurrell Casey manufactured a third-down sack on Watson but Houston K Ka’imi Fairburn was able to convert a 50-yard field goal to put Houston up 24-7. The Titans cut the lead to 10 points on a Mariota two-yard touchdown run. After rookie CB Adoree’ Jackson was called for defensive pass interference, Houston took over at the Tennessee one-yard line as Watson ran in his second rushing touchdown of the day. Fairburn missed the extra point as Houston extended its lead to 30-14.
After Mariota threw his second pick to Hal, S Kevin Byard returned the favor by intercepting Watson in the red zone to halt Houston’s drive and end the first half. Houston opened the second half with an eight-minute, 14-play scoring drive, which culminated in Fuller’s second score as Houston went up 37-14. In the third quarter, QB Matt Cassel took over as Mariota exited the game with a hamstring injury.
Texans RB Lamar Miller added an eight-yard receiving touchdown in the fourth as Houston extended the lead to 44-14. Cassel turned the ball over on three straight possessions, first on an interception to Texans S Marcus Gilchrist, then on a pick six to LB Dylan Cole and finally he fumbled the ball while being sacked. Houston converted another field goal in the fourth and finished the game with a 57-14 victory.
Titans 14, Texans 57
2017 Week 4 | Sunday, October 1st, 2017 | 12:00pm CT | NRG Stadium
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TopicsAdoree' Jackson, AFC South, Andre Hal, DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson, Dylan Cole, Houston Texans, Jurrell Casey, Ka'imi Fairburn, Kevin Byard, Lamar Miller, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, Nashville TN, National Football League, NFL, NRG Stadium, Tennessee Titans, Titans, Will Fuller V