Tennessee showed Sunday at Houston that it doesn’t plan on being a pushover this season, but the Titans want to push through a disappointing result against the Texans.
The Titans answered the Texans’ opening touchdown with a touchdown and endured terrible field position for the third quarter before rallying to a 24-16 lead with less than five minutes left in regulation. The lead didn’t hold, however, as Houston tied the game and then prevailed in overtime.
“It’s tough. It’s really difficult,” quarterback Jake Locker said. “This is what’s tough about this sport. It doesn’t all go the way you’d like it in hard fought games like this. That’s why you love it so much, that’s why it’s so tough at times. That’s a hard one to swallow, but we’re going to have to forget about it and come back to work (this) week.”
Defensive end Derrick Morgan said the Titans feel like it’s a win that got away and that the team needs to do a better job of finishing next time.
Titans coach Mike Munchak said he liked the resiliency the team showed when things weren’t going well even if it didn’t yield the resolution of the Titans improving to 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2008.
“We had the opportunity in the fourth quarter to win that football game and that is all you can ask for when you travel on the road against a team that has won the division the past two years,” Munchak said. “Now we are going to be in (the games) and we have the personnel and the group and the heart, and our mentality is that we are going to be in these games every weekend and now we have to find a way to win them when we come this close.”
Michael Griffin said the game reminded them a little bit like Tennessee’s overtime loss at home to Indianapolis in Week 8. The Titans lagged after that emotional game, losing four of their next five.
“I feel like we’re going in the right direction, but we’re still trying to get there and put some pieces of the puzzle together,” Griffin said.
Players who lived that tough stretch don’t want to repeat it, and players who were brought in as free agents and through the draft want to prevent it.
The Titans won two road games in all of 2012 and lost 38-14 last season at Houston. This season, they’ve won at Pittsburgh, pushed the Texans to the brink and are returning for three consecutive home games (San Diego, New York Jets, Kansas City).
“We’re just going to rebound and we’re going to do what we’ve got to do next week against the Chargers and let them feel our pain,” Jurrell Casey said.
Munchak said he wants the team to build off the experience it gained Sunday to acquire what’s needed to finish opponents.
“We have to realize that’s what the NFL is all about,” Munchak said. “If you put yourself in that spot, there are great players playing. We are that type of team that can crawl back and change the momentum of a game, even when things are looking bad for a while. We did that and so we have to build on that, come back and play better, and clean up the stuff we had hurt us in this game. If we do that, we’re going to win a lot of football games.”
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