Tennessee will be looking to remain unbeaten when it hosts Houston on Sunday afternoon. The Titans stayed perfect when they blew out the Bills on Tuesday night, while the Texans are coming off a win against Jacksonville.
Texans coming off first win of seasonHouston managed to grab its first win of the season after firing head coach Bill O’Brien. The Texans played like most experts expected them to play heading into this season, beating Jacksonville 30-14 as 6.5-point favorites last Sunday. The Jaguars pulled within six points early in the fourth quarter, but Houston scored the final 10 points to ice the game. Houston needs quarterback Deshaun Watson to play well if it wants to stay in the game. The Texans are in the bottom 10 of the league in scoring, only nothing 22.0 points per contest. Watson is completing 66.9 percent of his passes, but he has thrown five interceptions. He will be facing a Tennessee defense that forced Josh Allen into two interceptions on Tuesday.
David Johnson finished Week 5 strong.— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 14, 2020
Veteran David Johnson leads the Houston rushing attack with 293 yards on 68 attempts. He had his best game with the Texans last week, rushing for 96 yards on 17 carries. Watson has several receivers that he likes to target in the passing game. Will Fuller V has caught a team-high 22 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Brandin Cooks is coming off his best game of the year, where he grabbed eight passes for 161 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown to close the game. Randall Cobb has added 19 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown. Linebacker Zach Cunningham leads the defense with 53 tackles, including two sacks.
Titans silence critics in blowout winTennessee was not expected to play nearly as well on Tuesday as it did. The Titans had missed several weeks of action after a COVID-19 outbreak within the team, but they came out on fire against Buffalo on a rare Tuesday night NFL game. The defense picked off Josh Allen twice and held the Bills’ rushing attack to 95 yards on 22 carries. Offensively, the Titans did not miss a beat against a tough defense. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for three touchdowns, completing 21 of 28 passes. He also carried the ball four times for 42 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown scamper right before halftime. Bell cow running back Derrick Henry added 19 carries for 57 yards.
Malcolm Butler made things happen + Shaky third down defense— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 14, 2020
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The Tennessee offense got wide receiver A.J. Brown back from an injury, and he changed the way the Titans played. Head coach Mike Vrabel emphasized getting Brown involved from the get-go, as he caught a touchdown for Tennessee’s first points of the night. He finished with seven catches for 82 yards. Tight end Jonnu Smith added five grabs for 40 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Malcolm Butler led the Tennessee defense with both interceptions, totaling 97 yards in return yardage. Punter Brett Kern continues to be an underrated weapon for the Titans, pinning the Bills inside the 20-yard line three times. He is often classified as the best punter in the league.
Stats & Trends
The over is:
- 4-0 in Tennessee's last four games vs. a team with a losing record
- 4-1 in Tennessee's last five AFC South games
- 4-0 in Tennessee's last four games following a win
I like this game to go over the total. Tennessee’s offense was deadly on Tuesday night and has now cashed the over in each of its last three games. The Titans benefited from Brown’s return, and Henry was not asked to do too much. They will be playing on a very short week after playing on Tuesday, which should lead to fatigue on the defensive side of the ball. Watson got things going last week and has three weapons, which can take advantage of a weak Tennessee secondary. Johnson is also coming off his best game of the season, so he should be confident heading into this one.