Houston Texans lose to Tennessee Titans 23-16
The Houston Texans lost their third straight game to the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans scored first when rookie receiver Jordan Reed caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter.
But Houston recovered after a Tennessee safety knocked down Reed.
“The safety hit me right in the back and it was really bad,” Reed said.
“I didn’t think it was serious at first.
I didn’t want to go to the hospital.”
Reed missed the next four games with a torn ACL.
He also suffered a strained left hamstring.
Houston’s offensive line was struggling, with Ryan Mallett and Josh Smith not practicing in full pads.
Mallett said Smith and Mallett had some soreness.
Mallet said Smith had an MRI on his right hamstring and Smith said he’s feeling better.
Mallett also said he expects Smith to play Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.
“We’re working really hard with our quarterbacks and it’s going really well, so we’ll just keep working,” Mallett told reporters.
The Texans’ offense scored three touchdowns in the first half, including a 19-yard scoring run by quarterback Trevor Siemian to make it 19-0.
The offense did not score again in the second half.
“There’s no doubt we’re on a mission,” Siemian said.
Siemian completed 23 of 33 passes for 256 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions.
He threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions in the Texans’ 26-16 loss.
“He did everything he could to be the guy we wanted to be, and it wasn’t there,” said Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who caught four passes for 88 yards.
“So it was definitely a frustrating week for us.”
The Texans were leading 28-14 at halftime before the Titans came back and won the game by a score of 23-14.
“They were just out of control,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said.
Houston coach Gary Kubiak said he believes he can improve the Texans play in the future.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Kubiak told reporters after the game.
But I feel like I’m the head football coach.”