The Tennessee Titans return to their birthplace November 28th to take on the team that replaced them in Houston, the Houston Texans. Vince Young has been inconsistent as the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and there has been a definite indecisiveness on Jeff Fisher’s part in regards to the quarterback position.
The Houston Texans have struggled all season on both sides of the ball. The optimism that grew from their opening game trouncing of the Indianapolis Colts has quickly been erased. Their defense has given up big plays at key moments and the offense is lacking the explosiveness of last season. The Houston Texans defense folded like cheap tents on the New York Jets final 50 second drive at the end of their last game and that loss may be a tough one to put behind them.
Tennessee Titans Offense vs Houston Texans Defense
When Randy Moss arrived in Tennessee there was unbridled optimism from all involved. The Titans then promptly went out and lost to the Miami Dolphins and Moss only had one catch for seven yards. The focus of this offense should still be a ground and pound offense featuring star running back Chris Johnson.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young has now been benched by coach Jeff Fisher for his tirades and rantings at the end of the Tennessee Titans loss to the Washington Redskins. The new Tennessee Titans quarterback will be rookie Rusty Smith and suddenly the Tennessee Titans have gone from contenders to pretenders in the span of just two games. By the Randy Moss has played with this team for two games. Take from that what you will.
The Houston Texans defense has struggled to put it mildly. They are second in the NFL in most total yards given up and they are the only team in the NFL that is giving up more than 300 yards passing per game. This is actually an improvement over their previous average of over 325 yards given up per game.
The return of Brian Cushing has had an impact but not as much of an impact as the Houston Texans had hoped. The Houston Texans defense showed no heart in the final 50 seconds of their loss to the New York Jets and that may have been their death knell for the 2010 NFL season. The Tennessee Titans offense has the slight edge over the Houston Texans defense.
Houston Texans Offense vs Tennessee Titans Defense
Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans offense has been a dismal disappointment this season. He has been hindered by key injuries to his primary targets Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels. The one bright spot on the offense of the Houston Texans is running back Arian Foster.
Ironically the rise in production of the running game has corresponded to a drop in production in the passing game. The Houston Texans have gained 130 yards per game on the ground but are only averaging just over 240 yards per game through the air.
The Tennessee Titans defense ranks in the top five among NFL defenses and their menacing defensive line is the big key to their success. Jason Babin is the leader of this defense up front and Courtland Finnegan is the leader and mouth piece of this team in the secondary.
The Tennessee Titans defensive numbers are not impressive compared to other top defenses. They are giving up just over 100 yards per game on the ground and just under 250 yards through the air. The Tennessee Titans defense has the edge over the Houston Texans offense.
Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans: Pick & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has made the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans a pick em. This game will be decided on defense. If the Houston Texans can keep Chris Johnson under 100 yards in this game they have a chance. Matt Schaub will have to expose the average secondary of the Tennessee Titans and if his receivers are healthy this is possible. Take the Houston Texans over the Tennessee Titans.
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