The Texans entered the day one game behind the Colts in the AFC South.
When the sun set on Sunday evening, they were three games behind the Division leaders.
Indianapolis shellacked the Jaguars at home, 23-3, while Houston fell to the Bengals at NRG Stadium by a 22-13 margin. The Texans fell to 5-6, while the Colts improved to 7-4. Five teams are ahead of them in the Wild Card standings, but the players say they're only foused now on beating Tennessee next Sunday.
"We just continue to take it one game at a time," left tackle Duane Brown said. "No one's giving up anything. No one's walking around pouting."
On the other side of the ball, linebacker Brian Cushing echoed Brown's comments.
"We have to take it one game at a time," Cushing said. "I feel like we have to take care of our business and today we didn't. We have to play better and we just have to win."
DeAndre Hopkins, who finished with five catches for 39 yards, said the Texans need to take care of themselves if they want to play into January.
"We have to win-out to do everything that we want to do," Hopkins said. "Going forward a couple of teams have to lose, but we don't want to count on that. We are just going to come out ready to play against Tennessee."
The Texans and Titans face off next Sunday at noon CT in NRG Stadium.