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Titans – Texans (16-19, ap.): Case Keenum wins on character

Tennessee Titans (5-9) – Houston Texans (8-6): 16-19 (after overtime)

One minute 30 left in overtime. While the Titans have already punted twice, and Will Levis is in the blue tent, Case Keenum (23/36, 229 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int), for his first game with Houston since 2014, escapes opposing pressure and found Devin Singletary (26 rushes, 121 yards, 4 receptions, 49 yards) for 41 yards. Two actions later, the runner thinks he scores the winning touchdown, but it is canceled for a holding. Never mind, Ka'imi Fairbairn gave his team the victory with a 54-yard field goal on the gong.

The result is rather deserved for the Texans who played without CJ Stroud, Will Anderson, and who saw Jimmie Ward come out with a concussion. Facing the Titans who had ironically chosen to use an “Oilers” throwback jersey (the name of the franchise when it was in Houston), DeMeco Ryan's players dominated the lines. Will Levis (17/26, 199 yards, 1 Int) went through hell (7 sacks) before leaving due to injury.

An offensive offensive line

The Titans offered almost nothing in attack: a good offensive series finished on the ground by Will Levis after passes of 37 yards for Treylon Burks and 33 yards for Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (6-0), a field goal obtained despite a 19-yard fumble, and that's it.

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Tennessee was completely overwhelmed by the Texans defensive line which put Will Levis through an ordeal (7 sacks). On the 7th, in overtime, the rookie remained on the field for a long time and could have been seriously injured. When running, it's not better. In 20 touches of the ball (16 races, 4 passes), Derrick Henry recorded only 10 yards.

Houston still more in the race, Tennessee eliminated

On the Texans side, it's not much more encouraging. In the absence of CJ Stroud, the attack lacks edge. For his big comeback, Case Keenum starts by shooting himself in the foot when Elijah Molden intercepts him and rushes into the enzone (13-0).

Behind, the visitors are progressing more than their opponents, but they are ineffective in the redzone. Results, they accumulate field goals to find themselves trailing by 7 points during the 4th quarter. Dalton Schultz then comes out of his box and offers an advantageous position on a superb receptionallowing Noah Brown to equalize on a 3-yard reception (16-16).

The defenses dominated overtime before Keenum found the light extremely narrowly. The victory remains encouraging for Houston, which can still dream of the playoffs at 8-6. The Titans are eliminated.

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