TEXANS TAKE FIRST PLACE: Sunday’s game was the first time the Titans and Texans have met to determine sole possession of first place in the AFC South Division, which launched in 2002. With the Texans winning to move to 4-3 and the Titans slipping back to 3-3, the Titans are in second place in the division, still ahead of Jacksonville (1-5 entering Monday night game on Oct. 24 vs. Baltimore) and Indianapolis (0-6 entering Sunday night game on Oct. 23 vs. New Orleans).
TITANS HAVE TWO MORE TO PLAY DURING HOMESTAND: The loss to the Texans was the first of three consecutive home games for the Titans. They head back to LP Field to play the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 30, followed by a home game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 6. It marks the 13th time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger the Titans/Oilers have had a three-game homestand. On the previous occasions they have played three consecutive games at LP Field (opened in 1999), the Titans have gone 3-0 once (1999), 2-1 three times (2000, 2007, 2009) and 1-2 once (2010).
TITANS AFTER THE BYE: In the “Titans era” (1999-present), the Titans now own an 8-5 record before their bye week and an 8-5 mark after it.
AVERY DRAWS BIG PENALTY: On the Titans’ first drive, wide receiver
HASSELBECK-TO-COOK TOUCHDOWN: In the third quarter, tight end
FOURTH-DOWN STOP: The Titans defense came up with a fourth-down stop late in the third quarter. With the Texans going for it on fourth-and-one, cornerback
LOCKER MAKES APPEARANCE: With 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Titans trailing 41-7, rookie quarterback
KERN’S AVERAGES UP: Punter