Game Preview: Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
By Jair Lopez
The Houston Texans will face the Tennessee Titans in an AFC South matchup where a lot is on the line.
The Houston Texans seven-win streak will be put to the test once again as they face the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football. The Texans will have the opportunity to not only extend their current win streak but have the chance to even things out as the Titans currently have the tiebreaker since they narrowly defeated the Texans in Week 2.
The Titans currently have the second-best defense in the NFL only allowing opposing offenses to average 18.9 points per game, their offense, however, is 28th in the league they’re only averaging 17.8 points a game. The Texans, on the other hand, are scoring an average of 23.9 points per game which ranks 16th in the league and rank fifth in only allowing opposing offenses to score an average of 20.5 points per game.
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The Texans are currently in first place in the AFC South with their record standing at 7-3, the Titans are tied with the Indianapolis Colts with a 5-5 record but they are in third place since the Colts hold the tiebreaker over them. With a win against the Titans on Monday night, the Texans can widen the gap between the rest of the AFC South division. The Texans have won every game at home since losing their home opener against the New York Giants in Week 3. They are currently 3-1 at NRG Stadium meanwhile the Titans have a losing record on the road at 2-4.
The Texans winning against the Titans also holds playoff implications as all three teams in the AFC South are still statistically in it. The Texans currently hold the fourth seed in the AFC meanwhile the Colts are ninth and Titans are tenth respectively. The Texans share the same record over the New England Patriots who are ranked third and the Los Angeles Chargers who are the fifth seed in the AFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold a slightly better record at 7-2-1, but the Texans could leapfrog both the Steelers and Patriots as they have an easier schedule down the stretch.
None of the remaining Texans’ opponents currently have a record better than .500, the Texans will also make franchise history with a win against the Titans as they would extend their streak to an unprecedented eight-game win streak. The Texans will finally have linebacker Zach Cunningham and cornerback Aaron Colvin back in Week 12 after they been sidelined for multiple weeks with injuries.
The only players in doubt for the game are wide receiver Sammie Coates with an illness, left guard Senio Kelemete with an ankle injury, linebacker Duke Ejiofor and right guard Zach Fulton with their respective shoulder injuries.