The days are getting closer for the Week 2 game for the Houston Texans at the Tennessee Titans. What is being said about the upcoming contest for both AFC South teams?
There are just two days until the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans take the field against each other for a contest that will see one of them fend off going 0-2 to start the season and the other gaining a division win early in the season.
Both the Texans and the Titans need this victory, and both are battling some injuries toward the end of the week, but overall this is a game neither team can afford to lose just two weeks into the season since neither was able to gain a win in Week 1.
Even a loss wouldn’t end a season as 24 teams have started off a season at 0-2 and reached the playoffs, and a few of them even won the Super Bowl. Houston fans might remember one of those teams in the 1990 Oilers as they began 0-2 and eventually finished 9-7 overall to make the Wild Card round of the playoffs that season.
As for the current-day Houston squad, “intensity” is a word used by Texans cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Mathieu wants intensity from the team, with Wilson quoting Mathieu:
"“It’s going to be like a bloodbath out there,” Mathieu said. “Everybody is trying to fight to survive.”"
This will be a very intense game for both the Texans and the Titans, and it is one that should be exciting to watch. With the Texans being under a touchdown underdog in this game and knowing they must play at a higher level than how they began last week, look for Mathieu and the defense to have a better showing in the first half this weekend compared to how they played in the first two quarters of the season opener.
• Sean Pendergast of the Houston Press gave four things to watch for, including one of those being Will Fuller as he should be making his season debut this Sunday. Pendergast wrote:
"“It should be easier for guys to get open with the expected return of Fuller and his downfield speed. Last season, Fuller had seven touchdowns in four games with Watson as his QB, and the 57-14 win over the Titans was the first glimpse of the combo.”"
In Week 4 of last season, Fuller played against the Titans where he had four receptions for 35 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans played Tennessee again in Week 13, but Fuller was injured in that game. If Fuller can overcome his current hamstring injury and play this weekend, the Texans will have a more fluid offense, which would help matters a lot as the Texans search for their first win of the season.
• Looking at the Titans, they have on their roster wide receiver Corey Davis, who has had a tough team adjusting to the NFL in his professional career due to injuries his rookie season. Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean wrote about Davis in a recent article, giving his story on and off the football field:
"“Davis’ rookie season didn’t go as he had hoped. He played in 11 games and started nine. He fought injuries. The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder had 34 catches for 375 yards. And zero touchdowns.”"
Looking back at Davis’ collegiate career coming out of Western Michigan, he has all of the abilities to be great in the NFL. If he keeps away from the injuries, Davis could be a dangerous player for the Titans. Last week, Davis took that first step with six receptions for 62 yards against the Miami Dolphins. Davis is a player to watch this week for sure, and the Texans had better have a plan to stop him on Sunday.
• Tweet of the Day
Celebrate the quarterback of the Houston Texans this Friday as it is his birthday. Hopefully he’ll give himself a late birthday present and have a good day against the Titans on Sunday. Watson has all of the ability in the world to be a top quarterback in the NFL, and Week 2 should be a good proving ground to get back on track following the Week 1 loss.