Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans – Houston Texans rivalry is in its 18th year since the expansion Texans began play and the AFC South was formed in 2002. In 34 games, the Titans are 18-16 against the Texans, including an 11-6 mark at Nissan Stadium and a 7-10 record at NRG Stadium.
In the last three seasons, the Titans and Texans have split the annual series, with the home team taking each game.
The Texans enter this week’s matchup with a seven-game winning streak against the Titans at NRG Stadium. The last time the Titans won there was January 1st, 2012.
Following that win by the Titans, the Texans won eight of the next nine overall meetings from 2012–2016. Then, on January 1st, 2017, the Titans ended the run with a win at Nissan Stadium.
In their initial meeting of 2018, played on September 16th at Nissan Stadium, Ryan Succop’s 31-yard field goal with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Titans a 20-17 victory. Blaine Gabbert started at quarterback for the injured Marcus Mariota (elbow) and earned the victory.
In the 2018 rematch at NRG Stadium, played on Monday night, November 26th, the Texans won 34-17. The Texans won despite Mariota setting a franchise record and finishing with the NFL’s second-all-time single-game completion percentage—95.7 percent (22 of 23).
The Titans franchise has a rich and storied history with the city of Houston. Under late owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr., the Titans existed as the Houston Oilers from 1960-96. In Houston, the Oilers won the first two American Football League Championships and made a total of 15 playoff appearances.
Ten players who spent a significant portion of their careers in a Houston Oilers uniform are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former quarterback Warren Moon, outside linebacker Robert Brazile, defensive tackle Curley Culp and offensive lineman Bruce Matthews.
The team moved to Tennessee in 1997 and in 1999 adopted the “Titans” moniker.
Current Titans Controlling Owner and Co-Chairman Amy Adams Strunk is a graduate of the University of Texas and resides in Waller, Texas.
Most Recent Matchups
2017 Week 4 • Oct. 1, 2017 • Titans 14 at TEXANS 57
The Texans set a franchise record with 57 points, handing the Titans their sixth largest loss (43 points) in franchise history. The Texans score the game’s first 21 points. The Titans cut the lead to 24-14 on two touchdown runs by Marcus Mariota (34 yards and two yards), but Mariota then exits the game with a hamstring injury. Texans rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson accounts for five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).
2017 Week 13 • Dec. 3, 2017 • Texans 13 at TITANS 24
After the Texas jump out to a 10-0 lead, Marcus Mariota rushes for a nine yard touchdown and completes a 24-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker. Derrick Henry’s 75-yard touchdown run to seal the win is preceded by an interception by LeShaun Sims in the end zone to end a Houston threat. The Titans total 198 rushing yards. Texans quarterback Tom Savage passes for 365 yards but is sacked four times by the Titans defense. The Titans limit the Texans to 53 rushing yards.
2018 Week 2 • Sept. 15, 2018 • Texans 17 at TITANS 20
Ryan Succop kicks the game-winning 31-yard field goal with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Blaine Gabbert starts for Marcus Mariota (elbow injury) and completes an 18-yard touchdown to Taywan Taylor. The Titans’ other touchdown comes on a fake punt, when Kevin Byard passes to Dane Cruikshank for a 66-yard score. The Titans defense sacks Deshaun Watson four times, including two sacks by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, and Adoree’ Jackson logs his first career interception.
2018 Week 12 • Nov. 26, 2018 • Titans 17 at TEXANS 34
The Texans overcome a 10-0 deficit by rushing for 281 yards and getting a pair of touchdown passes from Deshaun Watson to Demaryius Thomas. Texans tailback Lamar Miller rushes for 162 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown on the play following a failed Titans fourth-down attempt. Marcus Mariota completes 22 of 23 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns, compiling the second-best single-game completion percentage (95.7) in NFL history.