Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
Four turnovers forced by the Titans’ defense keyed the team’s second win in a row after an 0-6 start. And it was the defensive backfield that led the charge, with picks by Rod Hood and two of the players who went to the Pro Bowl last season but struggled early, Chris Hope and Cortland Finnegan.
As in last week’s win over Jacksonville, the Titans played to formula, allowing quarterback Vince Young to manage rather than feel the game on his shoulders. The defense produced the turnovers and Chris Johnson ran for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 34-27 victory.
Young also got two big catches from Justin Gage, including one where he climbed the ladder and got buried by a pair of defensive backs before a tough crash landing. Gage was more notable to this point for drops than catches, but had four catches for 97 yards.
For the second week in a row Young was efficient and poised. He ran for a seven-yard score, completing 12 of 19 passes for 172 yards with no touchdowns, but no interceptions either.
Houston and Indianapolis beat the 49ers in San Francisco’s last two games.
The Titans are three wins behind the Texans and six behind Indy, but matched their AFC South rivals’ success against the Niners. They also won out West for just the second time in 11 chances since 1999.