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Houston Texans top Tennessee Titans, seize control of AFC South

NASHVILLE — With the Tennessee Titans threatening to overtake them for the AFC South division, the Houston Texans came into Nissan Stadium on Sunday and escaped with a 24-21 victory to improve to 9-5 on the season and seize control of the division.

Here are three things we learned. 

1. Not quite enough: The Titans had their chances but couldn’t quite manage to execute well enough in the scoring department (despite outgaining the Texans 432-374) or defensively (particularly late in the game) to overtake the Texans. An early-game blocked field goal loomed large as well. There’s definitely a lot to like about them: the relentless approach of that Derrick Henry led rushing attack, the spark that Ryan Tannehill has given their passing game, the physical defense that takes on the hard-nosed personality of their head coach. However, the Titans weren’t quite as potent as they needed to be. And even though the defense denied the Texans at the goal line twice, Tennessee managed only seven points off two their two interceptions on those series, and that proved costly.