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NFL Week 8 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 17, Houston Texans 10

Houston, Texas, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans rode the legs of Derrick Henry to hold off the Houston Texans, 17-10, and win their fifth consecutive game of the season.

Offensive spotlight: Henry racked up 190 yards after contact, showcasing his bruising rushing style. Henry finished with a pending 86.0 rushing grade on 32 carries, including 11 first-down runs, 219 yards and two scores.

Defensive spotlight: Jeffery Simmons was at it again wreaking havoc on the interior for the Titans' defensive line. He registered six total pressures — three quarterback hits, two hurries and a sack.

Rookie spotlight: In his first NFL start, Malik Willis was more of a footnote to the Titans' offensive success. The rookie signal-caller registered only a 33.8 passing grade on 10 pass attempts, pending review, and finished with a 50.2 rushing grade on six such attempts.

Offensive line spotlight: The Texans' offensive line surrendered 14 total pressures — eight hurries, four hits and two sacks — on the day, and Kenyon Green and Scott Quessenberry accounted for 12 of them.

Box Score

Passing
Tennessee Titans
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Malik Willis 2.4 6 / 10 55 5.5 0 1
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Davis Mills 9.88 17 / 29 152 5.2 1 1
Rex Burkhead 1.2 0 / 1 0 0 0 0
Rushing
Tennessee Titans
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Derrick Henry 38.8 32 219 6.8 2 41
Dontrell Hilliard 10.5 8 83 10.4 0 30
Malik Willis 2.4 5 12 2.4 0 6
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Dameon Pierce 14.1 15 35 2.3 0 16
Davis Mills 9.88 3 8 2.7 0 6
Receiving
Tennessee Titans
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Derrick Henry 38.8 1 1 9 9 0
Dontrell Hilliard 10.5 1 1 12 12 0
Robert Woods 3.6 2 2 26 13 0
Austin Hooper 1.5 1 1 5 5 0
Chigoziem Okonkwo 1.3 2 1 3 1.5 0
Cody Hollister 0 1 0 0 0 0
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Dameon Pierce 14.1 5 3 16 3.2 1
Brandin Cooks 11.3 6 4 73 12.2 0
O.J. Howard 4.4 3 2 24 8 0
Brevin Jordan 3.9 4 2 19 4.8 0
Troy Hairston 2.7 2 2 7 3.5 0
Phillip Dorsett 1.6 5 1 6 1.2 0
Jordan Akins 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 0
Rex Burkhead 1.2 1 1 2 2 0
Dare Ogunbowale 1 1 1 0 0 0

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