Houston Texans: Underdogs could play spoiler for Titans in Week 17

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans can spoil a Titans AFC South championship.

Besides Deshaun Watson‘s success, the 2020 Houston Texans season has been one to forget as the season finale puts the Texans at NRG Stadium against the co-leader of the AFC South, the Tennessee Titans.

The Texans (4-11) could play the spoiler role against Tennessee, because if the Texans can defeat the visiting Titans, and the Indianapolis Colts defeat the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars (who defeated the Colts in Week 1) it would be the Colts winning the division. If the Texans lose to the Titans, it will be Tennessee winning the division title.

The Texans could also defeat the Titans and the Colts lose to the Jaguars, and it would be the Titans who win the division championship.

It is certain though, if the Houston Texans can defeat the Titans on Sunday it would at least make the ending a little better for what has been an awful season, which would give everyone something to celebrate in the final game of the ’20 campaign.

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The betting odds from The Action Network has the Houston Texans as +7.5 underdogs for the game, and looking back to their first meeting in Week 6 (Oct. 18) it was the Titans winning in overtime by a 42-36 score over Houston.

This season the Houston Texans have lost by seven games by eight or less points. With all that has occurred since before the offseason with the Texans, that is a positive feat in some aspects. The Texans started off on the wrong foot as they traded an All-Pro receiver, fired the head coach/GM after an 0-4 start, battled too many injuries to mention, and have just have some bad luck in clutch moments.

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In looking at some stats from the last meeting, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was 30-of-41 for 366 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception. He was sacked twice that game for a loss of 22 yards.

On the opposite side it was Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson finishing 28-of-37 for 335 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Watson was sacked twice in the game for a loss of 15 yards, but he also rushed the ball four times for 26 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

With the Houston Texans battling injuries to their secondary, and to the offensive line — as both tackles could be out for the Week 17 game — there isn’t much hope for a win by them. As for the previous points spread for the Texans, who knows what can be achieved when Watson is on the field and has the football for the Texans.

The good thing about it being Week 17 is this is the final week of seeing this roster and coaching staff on the field at the same time.

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Knowing that next season will bring a lot of changes to the franchise, some that will hopefully bring much needed improvement to the roster and coaching staff for the foreseeable future, the end of this season is a positive in itseld — win or lose this Sunday.