The Houston Texans open the doors of Reliant Stadium for the first time this season and welcome the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon in Week Two.
Houston and quarterback Matt Schaub rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat San Diego 31-28 in the closing seconds of Week One. Schaub passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns, with one pick, as Houston put up 17 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning 41-yard field goal by Randy Bullock.
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing also tied the game with under 10 minutes left by taking his first career interception 18 yards for a touchdown.
Going 34-for-45, Schaub hit veteran receiver Andre Johnson 12 times for 146 yards, but he saved the touchdowns for tight ends Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham. Daniels had five catches for 67 yards and two scores.
Running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate were limited due to the comeback, and combined for 112 yards with no scores.
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While the Texans put together an invigorating moral and mental victory last week, Tennessee might have done the same by shutting down Pittsburgh for 16-9 win.
New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who served his suspension for Bounty Gate, appears to have his player’s ears.
Linebacker Zach Brown and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey recorded four of the Titans five sacks, and as a team they hit quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another of six times. Tennessee also took advantage of a dilapidated Steelers offensive line, and only allowed 31 rushing yards, second best in the NFL’s first week.
Running back Jackie Battle provided the Titans only touchdown, capping a 12-play 49 yard drive made possible by defensive back Alterraun Verner’s interception in the second quarter. Kicker Rob Bironas sent nine points through the uprights, the longest being a 44-yarder in fourth for a 13-2 advantage.
Chris Johnson rushed for 70 yards on 25 carries, helping the Titans chew up clock, and quarterback Jake Locker went a serviceable 11-for-20 for 125 yards.
The game begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS or watch a live online stream by purchasing NFL Game Access here.
Betting Odds: Houston is favored by 10 points.
Over/Under: 43 points
Prediction: Houston 17, Tennessee 10