NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Coming off their worst kickoff games of the season, the Titans are looking to get back to limiting the return man in their crucial game Sunday in Houston.CruikshankSmith

Mike Vrabel said he’s less worried about the kick and more concerned about covering it well.

The Titans are 25th in average drive-start given up, which doesn’t sound good. Opponents typically begin drives at the 25.5, which doesn’t sound bad.

But the five kickers they’ve used this year have only delivered 33 touchbacks. Twenty-three individual kickers in the NFL this season have delivered more, with Bradley Pinion of Tampa Bay managing a league-best 85. (Photo: Core coverage players Dane Cruikshank and Tye Smith.)

The Titans have the fourth-worst touchback percentage in the NFL at .478, and the 45 kickoffs they’ve hit that have reached the end zone are the sixth-fewest in the league. Only the Jets, Lions, Jaguars, Browns and Bears have fewer, and it’s not hard to quickly see what all of those teams happen to have in common.

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