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FINAL: Texans guarantee a winning season, win 26-3 over Tennessee

The playoff dream will live on for at least one more week.

Tennessee Titans v Houston Texans Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

It’s amazing how much of a difference a single player can make to a team. In the last two games, the Houston Texans offense had looked limp, lifeless, a bit like the BESFs today (more on that later), and just plain bad.

C.J. Stroud’s return from a concussion, after missing the last two games, was nothing short of an unmitigated success, keeping the Texans playoff hopes alive and sweeping the season series against the long time half-baked franchise Tennessee Titans.

The scoring started early and often, as the Texans only had to punt three times throughout the course of the game. All three phases of the team would contribute to the final score with a touchdown from C.J. Stroud to Brevin Jordan in the first quarter.

The offense would go on to rack up 312 total yards which isn’t much but more than enough to handle a tissue-soft Tennessee team that appeared to have given up through the course of the game.

In the second, the defense would make their contribution via a Jerry Hughes strip sack of Will Levis which led to a scoop and score from Sheldon Rankins.

And of course the glue of the team, Ka’imi Fairbairn, was perfect on the day; kicking 4/4 with a long of 51 yards.

The Traitors would only respond with a sad, end-of-halftime field goal so they could at least shout “it’s not a shutout!”

It was a complete game when the Texans really needed to start playing their best football. And the win guarantees the Texans a winning record for the first time since 2019.

There’s not much to be unhappy about with today, so let’s get to celebrating for a bit and then turn our attention to Indy for one of the most important games the Texans have had this decade.

After all, the playoffs are on the line.