11 observations from Texans' ugly 17-10 loss to Titans

That was a bad performance all the way around for Houston. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans were dominated by the Titans as their season of futility rolled on. Derrick Henry led Tennessee to a 17-10 rout of Houston. Here are 11 observations.

1. The Houston Texans played their worst game of the season. The Tennessee Titans dominated despite starting a rookie backup quarterback. This is an unacceptable result in the second year of the current front office.

2. Davis Mills was running or scared or running scared all day. The offensive line stunk. Lovie Smith said his team was dominated on the offensive line. A.J. Cann is apparently an all-world player as the multiple replacements for him on Sunday were ineffective.

3. Kenyon Green has had some rough weeks. Last week in Las Vegas a costly false start in a close game. This week Jeffery Simmons used Green to tackle Dameon Pierce. Like, he pushed Green into Pierce until Pierce was stopped. A highly touted lineman like Green is supposed to have a high floor, Sunday he was in the basement of expectations.

4. Dameon Pierce is all effort all the time. Effort can only take the running back so far. The Texans couldn’t run the ball to take some pressure off the need for a passing game and the passing game wilted.

5. Davis Mills played poorly when there was time to throw. He was tentative on deep passes. Slow to make decisions. It was a poor performance on plays where he had a chance. In most plays, he didn’t.

6. The shine is off Pep Hamilton. A less-talented team looked more effective on offense down the stretch last year than Hamilton’s group this year. He has been a tremendous disappointment. Hamilton called a pass play for Rex Burkhead after a Steven Nelson interception put the Texans deep in Titans territory. It was a momentum-killing decision.

7. The defensive tackles on this team can’t set the tone. Roy Lopez didn’t start after a few poor weeks of play. Rookies Thomas Booker and Kurt Hinish aren’t the answer as primary defensive tackles. Maliek Collins didn’t play. They give way to a poor linebacking corps that can’t tackle well.

8. The linebackers were once the deepest group according to head coach Lovie Smith. The linebackers are likely the worst position group. Rookie Christian Harris is an athletic freak, but he’s still learning. The rest of the room leaves plenty to be desired.

9. Head coach Lovie Smith might have trouble with defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. The defense, despite adding talent in the offseason, is worse than last year. The team looks to be out of answers on defense.

10. Brandin Cooks declined to talk about his situation with the team. Cooks has been liking articles on Twitter about him potentially being traded. Cooks was previously clear didn’t want to be traded but when asked about that comment today he made it clear he wasn’t going to talk about a potential trade.

11. The undefeated Eagles come to town in just four days for a tougher matchup than the one the Texans faced on Sunday. The short week at home won’t make much of a difference when the talent gap is as wide as it is between the Eagles and Texans.

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