Head Coach Lovie Smith handed out three game balls following the Houston Texans’ Week 16 victory against the Tennessee Titans.

Head Coach Lovie Smith handed out three game balls following the Houston Texans’ Week 16 victory against the Tennessee Titans.

After nine straight losses, the Houston Texans finally enjoyed the tradition of the victory week once again.

On Wednesday, coach Lovie Smith handed out three game balls after the Texans’ Week 16 win against the Tennessee Titans.

“Tremon Smith with special teams, certainly a big play and offensively, a lot of guys made some big plays in the game, but AJ Cann as an offensive tackle and then the defensive play ball went to Ogbo (Okoronkwo),” Lovie. Smith said Wednesday.

DB Tremon Smith had a 26-yard punt return in the third quarter after punting at Houston’s two-yard line. The Texas special teams ace also knocked down a punt in the fourth quarter at the Titans’ four-yard line, where Malik Willis and company had to start the game’s final possession. Okoronkwo recorded 2.0 sacks for the first multi-sack game of his career, adding five tackles (all solo), two quarterback hits and three tackles for loss.

Offensively, the Texans dealt with multiple injuries up front. Cann was part of a Texans offensive line that was hit by injury. Tytus Howard, starting at left guard for the injured Kenyon Green, left the game early and was replaced twice more when Jimmy Morrissey suffered an injury and Justin McCray entered the game. Both Howard and Morrissey entered concussion protocol and did not return.

“AJ has been extremely consistent all year securing the interior of that offensive line and being a really good leader there,” QB Davis Mills said. “He’s a veteran in this league and we know he’s going to do the right thing and he’s won his one-on-ones. Last Sunday he played extremely well. I think he had one of the highest marks in offense all the time. We’re excited and we’ll need him again this week against a talented defensive front. For him, he’s playing extremely well.”

The players were off until Wednesday when they returned to the team facility to prepare for another division opponent this week.

“The preparation for the Jags has begun,” Lovie Smith said. “The extra days should help us heal a little bit as well. Our injured players are getting better, which is good. The guys played our best ball in the last game.”

The Texans will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 1 in their final home game of the 2022 season. Kickoff from NRG Stadium is set for noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.

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