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PK TV: Discussing Texans 19, Titans 16 OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The bad ones seem to get worse and worse.

First-down stubbornness on offense was a killer for the Titans in their 19-16 OT loss to the Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium. Give it to Derrick Henry, let him run into a penetrating brick wall and head The Paul Kuharsky Podcastback to the huddle. It was maddening, and it's what I wrote about off of the game.

I know you'll want to dig into that and the official end of the sliver of playoff hopes this team had. We also haven't spoken since the team decided to end things with Teair Tart, and while he was;t playing with a lot of effort, he'd probably have helped limit Devin Singletary a little considering he dominated this game with 121 yards on 26 carries and another 49 on four catches.

He was the sort of physical running back the Titans are supposed to put forth on a weekly basis, but that was a dead idea in this game.

Let's gather for our usual post-game discussion where you can vent and we can hash out what we saw and didn't see.

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Titans' First-Down Offense Keyed Embarrassing OT Loss to Texans

Titans' First-Down Offense Keyed Embarrassing OT Loss to Texans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel, Tim Kelly and the Titans’ offense threw up their hands in frustration and hopelessness. They had no solutions.

Then they threw their hands together in prayer, trying the same old thing over and over because at times in the past a grind-away run game had ultimately produced fruit.

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Will Levis suffers a lower leg injury vs. Houston/ Angie Flatt

That was a ridiculous expectation Sunday at Nissan Stadium when Derrick Henry was never going to be the path to beating the Texans but the Titans kept giving him the ball. He carried 16 times for 9 yards – an astounding 0.6-yard average – in a 19-16 overtime loss as the Titans dropped to 5-9 and their slim playoff dreams were snuffed out.

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Titans vs. Texans: Who Will Come Out on Top? A Look at the Matchups and Surprising Players to Watch

Titans vs. Texans: Who Will Come Out on Top? A Look at the Matchups and Surprising Players to Watch

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Can the Titans match the effort, intensity, and consistent play that they showed Monday night versus the Dolphins?

Can they string together two wins against teams that have playoff aspirations?

The Texans need this win, the Titans want this win. This game has a chance to be one of the better NFL games this weekend.

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Tyjae Spears/ Angie Flatt

I expect to see the best out of both teams.

If we are going to see the best out of the Titans it must include good performances from Derrick Henry, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyjae Spears and of course Will Levis. I am not ready to throw Chig Okonkwo in this group of consistent performers yet, but over the past few weeks, he started to emerge out of his long hiatus.

The Titans have the edge when it comes to veteran players who know how to play deep into an NFL season. The Texans are not as experienced and rely heavily on their young players for production.

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Titans Moving On From Teair Tart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans are parting ways with Teair Tart after season-long issues reached a breaking point. The defensive lineman's been upset over his contract situation and the team is unsatisfied with his effort and attitude.

At his best during his four seasons, Tart was a key run-stuffer for the team. But his relationship with the Titans has tumbled this season as the feeling has been he could have gotten more playing time and been more effective if he’d gotten better conditioned.

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Teair Tart tackles Saquon Barkley

He was on the final injury report last week with limited participation on Saturday for personal reasons and a questionable designation for the Monday night game in Miami, in which he played 31 of 72 defensive snaps. He been a non-participant in two practices this week with a non-injury related designation that was denoted as  personal. 

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Titans' Talk From Halftime of Thursday Night Football

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Coming off the glorious comeback in Miami, the Titans are putting back on the Oilers uniforms to host the beat-up Texans.

Sadly, it seems unlikely C.J. Stroud will return from his concussion to play, denying us a meeting between an offensive rookie of the year candidate and Will Levis, and instead giving us Davis Mills and Levis in a game that always has special meaning to the Adams family because of the Houston element.

Can the Titans carry over last week's big finish?

We gathered at halftime of Thursday Night Football and discussed the trajectory of Treylon Burks, the obstacle the Texans present and all the other things that were on your mind as the Titans start their final month with the first of three of four games at home.

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After The Heist At Hard Rock: Titans' Past, Present And Future

After The Heist At Hard Rock: Titans' Past, Present And Future

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans’ Monday night win over the Dolphins was statistically the biggest upset of the 2023 NFL season with Tennessee entering the game as 13.5-point underdogs in Miami before coming out with a 28-27 win. The only thing more shocking than the result was how it happened.

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This wasn’t the Titans catching a bunch of lucky breaks or finding a vintage Derrick Henry performance in their stocking. It was quite the opposite. Outside of an early Jaleel Johnson strip sack – aided by a mishandled snap by the Dolphins – and a Tyjae Spears fumble that bounced out of bounds, Tennessee mostly found themselves on the wrong side of the “luck” coin in this game.

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The Analytics Of The Titans' Upset In Miami

By JAKE DOWNARD

Jake Downard is a law student who creates NFL and NBA content focused on analytics on Twitter as @JakeAndBall. He also works with fanspo.com. A glossary of the analytics terms he uses is at the bottom of the piece.

For a glossary of the metrics and terms used in this post, please see this earlier file.

The Miami Dolphins have the best offense in the NFL. This season, they rank first in total yards of offense, first in yards per game, first in passing yards, and second in rushing yards. Tua Tagovailoa is right in the thick of the MVP race, Tyreek Hill is on pace to break the single-season record for receiving yards, their offensive line has graded out as a top-10 unit throughout the season, and the duo of De’Von Achane and Raheem Mostert have been tremendous running the ball. 

 

Tennessee Titans running back Tyjae Spears (32) catches a pass over Miami Dolphins linebacker Bradley Chubb (2) during the second half of an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Dec. 11, 2023.
Tyjae Spears/ © Jim Rassol / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Titans’ defense, on the other hand, has struggled mightily as of late. They dealt Kevin Byard to the Philadelphia Eagles in late October, allowed over 300 passing yards to Gardner Minshew and the Indianapolis Colts last week, and were without Jeffery Simmons Monday night. The Dolphins were undefeated at home, and the Titans were winless on the road. The sportsbooks, the Titans’ fanbase, and the vast majority of the NFL media expected the Dolphins offense to do unspeakable things to the Titans in Miami. 

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How The Unstoppable Dolphins Were Taken Down By The Titans

How The Unstoppable Dolphins Were Taken Down By The Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are no moral victories in a closely played game against a team that is significantly more talented. 

The Titans didn’t need one after coming from behind to win a game versus what was supposed to be an unstoppable Dolphins offense.  

In a game that was easy to predict the outcome, the Titans' defense decided that wasn’t going to be the case.

Dec 11, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) celebrates after defeating the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Will Levis/ © Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This is why they play the games. What looks good on paper, what is supposed to happen doesn’t always come to fruition when there are emotions, momentum and humans playing the game.  

The Titans' defense, especially the red-zone defense was dominant, allowing yards and chunk plays, but making the necessary stops. 

The Titans’ offense came to life in the second half. A combination of big first down throws to DeAndre Hopkins, and the check down throws to Chig Okonkwo and Tyjae Spears by Will Levis showed not only his maturation but his ability in critical situations to be decisive.   

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