Despite the mud on his Texans uniform, Tyrod Taylor stayed clean.
Houston's quarterback didn't turn the ball over in Sunday's 22-13 triumph in Nashville, and two weeks after he was sacked five times and hit four more in a loss at Miami, the Texans put up a nearly clean sheet.
Taylor wasn't sacked and was hit just once in the victory over the AFC South rivals. Those are impressive numbers, made all the more impressive by who lined up opposite Houston. The Titans' trio of OLB Harold Landry, DT Jeffery Simmons and DE Denico Autry entered and exited the game with a combined 22.5 sacks this year.
"The guys up front did a great job of handling their front seven," Taylor said.
Houston was without Pro Bowl LT Laremy Tunsil, as well as veteran C Justin Britt. Geron Christian Sr. started in the former's place, while undrafted rookie Jimmy Morrissey started his second career game for the latter. Morrissey was on Oakland's practice squad until late October.
Taylor completed 14-of-24 passes for 107 yards and was able to run six times for 28 more yards. Two of those scrambles accounted for the Texans touchdowns in the game. When he passed, though, Taylor and the offense did so quickly, according to Simmons.
"They got the ball out quick," Simmons said. "We've just got to run to the ball."
As clean as they were in pass protection, though, the Texans want to improve the way they run the ball. Houston's offense mustered just 83 yards on 38 carries. The running backs combined for 32 rush attempts, which yielded 55 yards. Head Coach David Culley maintained that a 1.7 yards per carry average is something that has to improve.
"We didn't run the ball as well as we'd like to run the ball today," Culley said. "We've still got to get improvement there. We're still not where we need to be running the football."
Culley and the Texans return home to Houston this evening, and they'll host the Jets next Sunday. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.
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