Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few thoughts on the Tennessee Titans' 30-16 loss to the Houston Texans at LP Field:

What it means: The Titans didn’t pose any real challenge to pulling even with the Texans in the AFC South, dropping to 2-6 on the season in their first game with rookie Zach Mettenberger as their quarterback. The Titans struggled mightily on third down, as usual, and Mettenberger threw a pick and lost a fumble. The defense, meanwhile, was shredded by running back Arian Foster, who scored three touchdowns.

Last chance: There was some buzz about this team heading into this game because of the change to Mettenberger at quarterback. But attendance was poor, and those who came didn’t hesitate to leave early. Costly personal seat license investments mean a lot of people commit to season tickets, but people are using them less and less.

Shiny stars: Foster finished with 20 carries for 151 yards as he paced the Texans' offense. On the other side of the ball, J.J. Watt had two sacks, a forced fumble and a batted pass. While Houston and Tennessee vie to become competitive in the division, the Texans can follow their stars while the Titans have not developed anyone of nearly that magnitude.

Game ball: Let’s be honest, it’s a real stretch to fill the category in a blowout loss against another bad team. I’m going to go with cornerback Jason McCourty, who followed Andre Johnson around and limited him to seven catches for 55 yards and no catch longer than 13 yards. Houston found plenty of plays in plenty of places, but McCourty helped steer Ryan Fitzpatrick elsewhere and minimized the damage when Johnson got his catches.

What’s next: The Titans reach the midpoint of their season and their bye week. They’ll return to action in two weeks with a trip to Baltimore to face the Ravens.