Sunday's game was almost unwatchable by the time the second half began at Nissan Stadium on Sunday as the division leading Houston Texans turned two early Tennessee Titans miscues into 10 unanswered points in route to a 34-7 beating in the home finale for the Titans.
It really wasn't as close as the score indicated as the hapless Titans never had a chance to win the game and Texans quarterback Brandon Weeden managed to snap an eleven game losing streak as a starting quarterback in the NFL. For his career, Weeden is now 6-18 and has started games for three NFL teams in that time.
Weeden started games for the Dallas Cowboys this season and was unable to win for them, prompting his release but he beat the Titans on Sunday, and why not, the Titans are the gift that keeps on giving.
Two weeks ago the Titans looked confused and disinterested against the Jets in a 30-8 loss in New York. It seemed like the Titans had reached the bottom, but the Jets are a good, physical team and took the Titans out of the game early and never let up.
A week ago against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, the TItans rebounded with a soild performance in a loss in Foxborough which proved the critics who said the team had quit were wrong.
The Titans might not have quit on Sunday, but regardless of that or not, they are simply not a good football team. Playing without injured starting quarterback Marcus Mariota who masks some of the issues with his play, the Titans are the worst team in the NFL.
When Brandon Weeden carves up your defense you know you have issues in the secondary.
Weeden was excited to get the win on Sunday as his post-game comments show.
"It feels good. I think obviously, they gave us some opportunites on some short yard deals," said Weeden. I thought they played outstanding and really gave us a chance to win the field position battle overall."
"We had a couple of backed updrives, but we went out and started in good position. It feels good," continues Weeden. "If you look back, I came into a couple games, we won those games. I haven't started back-to-back-to-back gamse since obviously, the Dallas (Cowboys) and went 0-3. We play to win games."
And win they did, defeating the Titans for the fourth consecutive time, which ironically all came with Zach Mettenberger starting for the Titans.
The Titans are a train wreck and face perhaps the most challenging offseason in the history of the franchise. The NFL would like for the Titans ownership to sell the team, but ownership has steadfastly denied repeated rumors that the team is for sale. The Titans are working with an interim president and head coach and s slew of players on this roster that might not return in 2016.
There is speculation that general manager Ruston Webster could be fired, leading to more chaos for ownership if they must replace their president, G.M. and head coach all in the offseason.
The Titans do have Mariota, which is a promising place to start and the have just over $24 million dollars in salary cap space to work with in free-agency, but until the questions in the front office are resolved there can't be much of an improvement on the field.
Titans star tight end Delanie Walker said it best in his post game comments when he credited the Texans Sunday performance.
"They were just better than us today," said Walker. "They came out and played very well, very physical and fast. Iyt helps when you give them 10 points, that's hard to come bcakc from."
The Texans were better today, as are most teams in the NFL this season, and the Titans have a long way to go to climb out of the pit this franchise currently sits in. It starts one week from today when the final buzzer sounds in Indianapolis.
Titans ownership will officially be on the clock, and how the answer this bell is key.