NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans know they only have themselves to blame for not being 2-0 with a win over a division rival to start the season.
They were still disappointed Monday after a 30-24 overtime loss in Houston, knowing they had an 8-point lead with less than 5 minutes left and couldn't finish off the win. But the Titans were also looking for the silver lining in the loss.
"You hope that's the positive we get out of it, that we went toe to toe with a very good team and we came up short," coach Mike Munchak said Monday. "That's obviously not good enough, but we can play with anybody."
And for the next several weeks, they get to prove it at home.
Tennessee plays its next three games at home starting against with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, followed by visits from the New York Jets and Kansas City.
The Titans, Miami (2-0) and Minnesota (0-2) are the only teams in the NFL to open the season with their first two games on the road.
"To be able to come home to familiar territory where we don't have to travel the day before the game, we can be in a routine for these next three weeks without having ... to travel or go anywhere," said safety
Still, the Titans know they missed a big opportunity against the two-time defending AFC South champs in Houston. They led 24-16 with 4:59 left with the offense putting together a 99-yard drive for a touchdown and cornerback
Even after the Texans tied it up at 24, the Titans still had the ball and 1:53 left with the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history in
"We were on the sidelines thinking it had a chance to be a monster play, and we didn't make it," Munchak said.
The Titans never touched the ball again as Houston won the toss, and the defense couldn't make the needed stop. Safety
"This is going to help us for later on in the season," Pollard said. "I've been in this position before. It's about the team coming together and saying we're going to make a stand. ... Right now we don't want to feel this way again."
The Titans also allowed Locker to be sacked four times and hit repeatedly. Left guard
"If we can fix those things, we're only going to be that much better and to know we're not that far off from winning games is encouraging to us," Levitre said.
The Titans need to take advantage of this home stand. After this stretch, they go to Seattle and then host San Francisco before their bye. They wrap up the season with four of six on the road too. With 13 new veterans and seven draft picks, Sunday will be the first home game for plenty of Titans.
"From what I hear it's going to be a great atmosphere," Levitre said.
NOTES: Munchak said they are trying to decide if RB