By Cody Stoots

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) –  The Houston Texans defense rebounded from one of their worst outings ever and played solid against the Tennessee Titans in a 20-6 win on Sunday.

The Texans recorded a franchise-record seven sacks in the game as they moved to 3-5 record on the season.

The Texans offense would struggle early in the game starting with two three-and-out drives and then punting after a seven play drive. The Titans offense wouldn’t be much better as they managed a field goal on their opening drive but would also fail to move the ball well in the first quarter.

The Texans most successful first-half drive would end in the final moments of the first quarter as Brian Hoyer found DeAndre Hopkins for a 21-yard pass in the corner of the end zone. The Texans would lead 7-3.

The second quarter’s start saw the Titans fumble the ball on a kickoff, but the Texans offense would falter. They would gain just four yards and settle for a field goal to make it 10-3 Texans.

Jadeveon Clowney would be on and off the field multiple times. He left early in the first quarter only to return. He would then leave again and head to the locker room. He returned to the game but left again for the locker room.

The Texans would stymie a Titas drive under two minutes and then kneel the ball to take it to halftime with a 10-3 lead.

The Titans opening drive of the second half would get stopped dead in its tracks thanks to Whitney Mercilus. Two sacks by the outside linebacker forced the Titans to punt from mid-field.

Field position would catch up with the Texans after their punt as the Titans barely moved the ball but was still in field goal range. The 44-yard field goal would hit making it 10-6.

The Texans would answer almost immediately as Brian Hoyer completed a 42-yard strike to Nate Washington who pulled it down in the end zone. The Texans would lead 17-6 with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

Zach Mettenberger would again find the turf at NRG thanks to a J.J. Watt sack to end the third quarter. The first interception of Kevin Johnson’s career would follow to start the fourth allowing the Texans to take over midfield.

The Texans would wind up punting the ball, but Watt’s impact was felt again. A strip sack of Mettenberger allowed Jared Crick to recover the fumble setting the Texans up on the Titans ten yard line. They would add a field goal to make it 20-6.

The ensuing Titans drive would stall thanks to Mercilus’ third sack of the game and Jared Crick’s first sack. The Texans would punt before the Titans again had their drive disrupted with a big sack.

J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus had a meeting, the time was in the fourth quarter and the location was Zach Mettenberger’s lap. Each shared a half sack and the defense would bat down a third down pass to force another Titans punt.

The Texans will head into their bye week for week 9 before heading to Cinncinatti to take on the Bengals on Monday Night in week 10.

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