The Houston Texans (10-1) have struggled mightily the last two weeks, becoming the first team to go through two overtime games in the span of five days. However, they were able to come out with the win both times, although in fairly controversial circumstances against the Detroit Lions.
In both wins the Texans demonstrated that they are a well-rounded team capable of winning games in a number of different ways. However, a porous secondary and numerous injuries (which have contributed to the porous secondary) have raised red flags.
Against the Tennessee Titans (4-7), a healthy Texans team should have no problem. Titans quarterback, Jake Locker has not yet established himself as a legitimate passing threat in his second year. Although he has shown the occasional flash of brilliance he has been inconsistent in the six games he has started this year. The midseason loss of his offensive coordinator, Chris Palmer (replaced by Dowell Loggains for this week's game) is unlikely to help matters. Running back, Chris Johnson is in the middle of one of his best seasons after a slow start. The Texans defence will look to stop Johnson first and foremost. If they can do that, they will be well on their way to covering the 5.5-6.5 point spread.
Meanwhile the Titans’ defence will need to stop the Texans’ multiple-headed attack. When passing, quarterback, Matt Schaub has tight-end, Owen Daniels and receiver, Andre Johnson – who showed that he is healthier late in the season than he has been for the past few years. Meanwhile, all-pro running back, Arian Foster continues to be a threat on the ground and catching passes out of the backfield. Foster has already topped 1,000 yards this season and could conceivably post his best year yet. Through the air, he has not been as successful in the past yardage-wise but he has already equalled his season-high of two receiving touchdowns.
This should be a game that the Texans easily win. However, the game against other division rival, Jacksonville Jaguars should have been an easy victory too, yet it took overtime for the Texans to come out victorious. Titans have not had much of a home advantage thus far this year and the Titans should come out with the win. After two weeks of struggling against inferior teams, the question is whether the Texans will live up to their billing or be too tired from two overtime games, leading to another close encounter.
The game will be shown on CBS at 1 PM EST in Tennessee and Texas. Viewers in other areas will be able to watch through other means such as Sunday Ticket or internet streaming sites.