TENNESSEE (4-2) at HOUSTON (1-4-1)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS
LINE OF BET: Titans by 2½, as per FanDuel Sports Betting.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Titans 4-2, Texans 3-2-1.
SERIES RECORD: The Titans lead 22-18.
LAST MEETING: The Titans defeated the Texans 28-25 on January 9, 2022 in Houston.
LAST WEEK: The Titans beat the Colts 19-10; The Texans lost 38-20 to the Raiders.
ATTACK ON TITANS: GLOBAL (31), RUSH (20), PASS (29), SCORING (21).
TITANS DEFENSE: GLOBAL (26), RUSH (4), PASS (31), SCORING (T17).
TEXANS OFFENSE: OVERALL (25), RUSH (24), PASS (25), SCORING (T25).
TEXANS DEFENSE: GENERAL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (21), SCORING (20).
REVENUE DIFFERENTIAL: Titans plus-3; Texans plus-2.
TITANS PLAYER TO WATCH: Derrick Henry. The two-time NFL rushing champion has the third-best running average against a single division since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger among guards with at least 20 games. Henry is averaging 99 yards rushing per game against the AFC South, trailing only Barry Sanders who averaged 104.7 yards per game at NFC Central. Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of his last 10 divisional games.
TEXANS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Dameon Pierce. Not only does he lead all rookies with 504 rushing yards, which ranks him fifth in the NFL. He had 117 yards from scrimmage last week, his fourth straight game topping for at least 100 yards.
KEY MATCHUP: Henry again. The Titans running back has rushed for at least 100 yards in three straight games this season and just broke his season-high 128 yards last week. The Texans are last in the NFL, giving up 164.7 rushing yards per game.
KEY INJURIES: Texans WR Nico Collins was unable to practice Wednesday and will likely miss the game with a groin injury. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill needed a walking boot to leave the stadium after beating the Colts. He didn’t practice Wednesday, but hasn’t missed a start since becoming the starter in mid-October 2019. Titans ILB Zach Cunningham, dropped by Houston last December, is back at the training after missing three games with an elbow injury. OLB Bud Dupree, who just returned from a hip injury, is now struggling with a hamstring injury.
SERIES NOTES: These teams went their separate ways last season, each winning on the road. The Titans are looking for their fourth straight win in Houston and their fifth straight win inside the AFC South. The Titans clinched a prime berth in the 2019 Regular Season Finals, their first AFC South title since 2008 in the 2020 Regular Season Finals, and a 2,027-yard rushing season for Henry and the No. No. 1 in the AFC with their victory to close out the 2021 regular season. … These teams are 10-10 at NRG Stadium. … The Texans replaced the Titans in Houston in 2002 after Bud Adams moved his then-Oilers to Tennessee in 1997.
STATS AND STUFF: The Titans have won four straight. Another victory would mark a third straight season with at least a five-game winning streak. … Tennessee’s .857 winning percentage with a 12-2 record in the AFC South since 2020 is the best in the NFL, and the Titans have a .692 winning percentage in the division since Mike Vrabel was hired as coach for the 2018 season. … Titans QB Ryan Tannehill has gone three straight games without an interception. … The Titans have used 20 different starters on defense. … The Titans allow the NFL’s stingiest 27.8% conversion on third downs. … Titans rookie P Ryan Stonehouse leads the NFL with an average of 54.9 yards. … Texans QB Davis Mills had a season-high 302 passing yards last week for his fifth game with at least 300 passing yards. Mills has had two touchdown passes in two of his last three games. Mills threw for 301 yards with three touchdowns and a 128.5 passer rating in the previous game between those teams. … Texans RB Dare Ogunbowale had five catches for a career-high 54 yards last week. … Texans WR Brandin Cooks has had at least seven catches for at least 55 yards in his last two home games. … Texans TE Jordan Akins had a season-high 68 yards last week to lead the team. … Texans DE Rasheem Green had a season high with two tackles for loss and a sack last week. He’s had at least a half sack in four of five games this season.
FANCY TIP: Henry. He also has an NFL record of five games with at least 200 rushing yards and at least two touchdowns, including three in each of his last three games against the Texans.
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