Titans in it against Texans at half

HOUSTON -- The Tennessee Titans looked doomed but the quarterback change has given them life.

Jake Locker was knocked out of the game with a left shoulder injury as he was hammered by safety Glover Quin in the first quarter. He’s in street clothes wearing a sling on his left, non-throwing, arm.

The Titans trailed 7-0 when he got hurt and 14-0 shortly thereafter. But the play-calling seemed to be much better on the second-quarter TD drive that covered 78 yards in seven plays and cut the score to 14-7.

Chris Johnson continued to run far better than he has this season, and Matt Hasselbeck found fullback Quinn Johnson on the right for a pretty 17-yard gain and threw twice to space in the middle of the field, hitting Nate Washington for 13 yards and right end Craig Stevens for a twisting 19-yard score.

Early this felt like it’d be a blowout. Houston should come out of intermission and re-establish control with better run stopping against CJ that will get the Texans in better pass rush situations.

But right now things are very much up in the air and we’ve got a ballgame.

It may stay that way if coordinator Chris Palmer and Hasselbeck can pick up with what worked in the first half.