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Defense suffocates Titans in 34-6 win

The Texans defense suffocated Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.

In the 34-6 victory at Nashville, Houston allowed just 30 rushing yards on 11 carries.

They held the Titans scoreless until the 1:31 mark in the fourth quarter.

It was a dominating effort, and it started with a Quintin Demps scoop-and-score defensive touchdown in the first quarter.

"It was really important for us to come out here and start fast," head coach Bill O'Brien said of the safety's 33-yard return. "That was huge for our team."

 "That really got us going," O'Brien said.

On the day, Tennessee was 4-of-16 on third down. The Texans came up with four takeaways, three of which were on the defensive end. The other came on special teams. Defensive end J.J. Watt caused one, when he strip-sacked Zach Mettenberger. It was third-and-goal at the one for Tennessee, but Watt dropped Mettenberger at the 9-yard line.

"We didn't want them to get into the end zone," Watt said. "Your defense is holding on to a shutout, and we've been playing great all day. You don't want to let them in. That's my job."

Watt also had a tackle for loss and a batted pass in the triumph. 


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