Even a pouring rainstorm didn't put a damper on the Houston Texans, who snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 22-13 win in Tennessee.
The Texans defense picked off Titans QB Ryan Tannehill four times while special teams added a takeaway on a muffed punt return. QB Tyrod Taylor completed 14-of-24 for 107 yards, no interceptions and rushed six times for 28 yards and two touchdowns.
"It's tough to win in this league no matter who you play, and we tell our guys this," Head Coach David Culley said. "At this point in the season, records don't matter. Records do not matter."
With the triumph, the Texans also ended the Titans' six-game winning streak and their own 17-quarter streak without a touchdown on the road.
"With eight weeks of losses, that's tough to go through as a coach, as a player, as an organization," Taylor said. "But it was great to come out and get this win on the road today versus a team that was hot."
The Texans improved to 2-8 on the season and will return to NRG Stadium for a three-game home stretch against the New York Jets, the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks.
The Texans defense came up with an interception and a key fourth-down stop in the first half. Houston's offense scored on three of their first four possessions (two field goals, one touchdown, one punt). In the second half, the Texans defense allowed two touchdowns but ended three Titans' possessions with an interception and one on downs.
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill finished with a team-high 12 total tackles (six solo), two quarterback hits, one interception and two passes defensed. DB Desmond King ll had two interceptions against his former team, adding eight tackles (seven solo) and two passes defensed.
"We played good team ball," Grugier-Hill said. "We're just so excited. I can't even talk right now. I'm so excited."
Houston took an early 3-0 lead after a 43-yard field goal by K Ka'imi Fairbairn. The Titans' second possession ended in a red zone interception. Grugier-Hill picked off Tannehill and returned it 82 yards to the Titans six-yard line.
The Texans converted the short field into a field goal to take a 6-0 lead.
After the defense forced a three-and-out on Tannehill and the offense, Houston finally found the end zone. Taylor scrambled and leaped in for a seven-yard touchdown to cap off a seven-play, 76-yard scoring drive. Fairbairn missed the extra point attempt as the Texans took a 12-0 lead with 7:43 left in the second quarter.
The Titans offense was on the move towards the end of the second quarter. Tannehill led a 10-play drive to the Houston 24-yard line, but the half ended with an intentional grounding call on the quarterback and a ten-second runoff with nine seconds remaining.
The Texans held onto their 12-0 lead at halftime.
Taylor scored his second rushing touchdown midway through the third quarter. A muffed punt return by the Titans was recovered by DB Tremon Smith at the Tennessee five-yard line. Three plays later, Taylor scrambled five yards for a touchdown to give Houston a 19-0 lead.
The Titans avoided a shutout when Tannehill threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to WR Dez Fitzpatrick on the only possession of the third quarter. Randy Bullock missed the extra point, and the Titans trailed 19-6 with 2:24 left in the third quarter.
The Texans got their third takeaway of the day in the fourth quarter as the Titans were looking to score. King picked off Tannehill at the Houston one-yard line.
The Titans nearly had another turnover at the goal line when Tannehill fumbled at the one-yard line, but TE Anthony Firkser recovered in the end zone as Tennessee trailed by six, down 19-13 with 7:47 in the fourth quarter.
"You know, they started rolling a little bit there, and we had to check ourselves and bring it back in," Grugier-Hill said. "They scored two touchdowns, pretty much back to back. So we just had to control that."
Tannehill threw two more interceptions in his next two possessions. King picked off Tannehill a second time, and Fairbairn kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Texans a two-score lead.
DB Terrence Mitchell recorded his first interception of the game on the next drive, and the Texans held on to a 22-13 lead to snap their eight-game losing streak.
With the win, the Texans improve to 2-8 on the season and will return to NRG Stadium for a three-game home stretch against the New York Jets, the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks.
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