The Houston Texans head to the Land of Opry on Sunday and Nissan Stadium to play against the Tennessee Titans. Houston is 1-8 and last in the AFC South. Houston had a bye last week and was defeated by the Miami Dolphins 17-9 on November 11. Tyrod Taylor passed for 240 yards for the Texans but was picked off three times. Houston gained only 272 yards of total offense and committed four turnovers. Miami gained 262 yards and the Texans forced the Dolphins into turning the ball over five times. Houston's long list of injuries include Terrence Brooks, Marcus Cannon, Christian Kirksey, Jimmy Moreland and Laremy Tunsil.
Tennessee is first in the AFC South at 8-2 and leads the second-place Indianapolis Colts by 3 games. The Titans have won six straight with the most recent win 23-21 over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. Ryan Tannehill passed for 213 yards with one touchdown. The Titans gained only 264 yards of total offense and allowed New Orleans 373 yards of total offense. Tennessee's extensive list of injuries includes the following: Derrick Henry, Julio Jones, Briley Moore, Cameron Batson, Caleb Farley, and Sam Ficken amongst many others.
Houston needs a road map to the end zoneHouston Texans are last in the NFL in scoring with an average of 14.2 points per game. The Texans running game is next to last in the NFL with an average of 75.8 yards per game and the passing attack is 29th in the NFL with an average of 204.3 points per game. Tyrod Taylor is back under center and has passed for 656 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Phillip Lindsay is the leading rusher for Houston with 133 yards and has scored one touchdown. Brandin Cooks has caught 57 passes for 641 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Houston is 30th in total defense allowing an average of 136.9 yards rushing, 249.0 yards passing for a total of 385.9 yards per game. Houston's defense is led by linebacker Christian Kirksey, who is out injured, therefore the leading active tackler is linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill with 49. The leader in quarterback sacks is defensive end Jonathan Greenard with seven and cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. has three interceptions.
Titans continue to win without Henry and JonesDespite playing without two of their top offensive weapons Derrick Henry and Julio Jones, the Tennessee Titans have won each of the last six games. Tennessee on the season is averaging 27.8 points per game with 131.6 yards rushing and 215.9 yards passing per game. Ryan Tannehill has passed for 2358 yards with 12 touchdowns and has been picked off 8 times. Tannehill is also the leading rusher with 169 yards, due to the loss of Henry. AJ Brown has caught 41 passes for 567 yards with three touchdowns.
Tennessee is 21st in overall defense allowing an average of 23.2 points, 98.6 yards rushing and 267.9 yards passing for a total of 366.5 yards per game. Tennessee's defense is led by linebacker David Long Jr, who has a team-best 66 tackles. Linebacker Harold Landry III is the leader in quarterback sacks with 10 and safety Kevin Byard has a team-best five interceptions
- Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in the last six
- The Titans are 5-2 ATS in the last seven against a team with a losing record
- Houston is 2-5 ATS in the last seven
- The Texans are 0-4 ATS in the last four on the road