NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans and coach Mike Munchak have an ambitious agenda for their season finale: Just win.
That may not sound like much, but the Titans have lost five straight at home. Their 2-5 record is a constant reminder of where this season's high expectations went so wrong.
Munchak said Monday winning is certainly better than the alternative and no one wants to head into the offseason on a loss.
"The only way to have fun in this league is to win, even though it's only going to be our seventh," Munchak said. "We wish it was a bigger number than that. That's all we can control. So it's have a good week, enjoy Christmas but be focused and ready to play a game on Sunday."
Beating Houston on Sunday would give the Titans a two-game winning streak heading into the offseason with a 7-9 mark — a one-win improvement over last year's 6-10 record.
The Titans split their home games in 2012, and having only two wins at home this season isn't close to what Munchak or the Titans wanted even with the last three by a combined eight points. Munchak said the key is winning Sunday to prevent the skid from dragging into the next season.
"You want to put all that stuff to rest and doing that by winning the last one," Munchak said.
The Titans have clinched second in the AFC South with their 20-16 win at Jacksonville last week. They already were set to play the NFC East in 2014, and finishing second slots them into a trip to Kansas City and either a visit from the Jets or Miami.
Receiver Nate Washington is among the Titans who aren't ready to focus on next year just yet.
"We have one more game left so the season is not over," Washington said after the win over Jacksonville. "We have another game we need to win."
He certainly helped with six catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.
The Titans also looked like the run-oriented team Munchak talked all offseason of wanting to be. They ran 44 times, the most since they ran 49 times against the Jaguars on Nov. 11, 2009 — the season Chris Johnson ran for 2,006 yards. Their 182 yards was the second-best performance this season with the Titans running for 198 in a win Nov. 3 at St. Louis.