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First Look: Titans vs. Texans

Posted by Craig Peters on December 24, 2013 – 1:37 am

The Titans (6-9) host the Texans (2-13) on Dec. 29 at LP Field in the regular season finale. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

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Tennessee defeated Jacksonville 20-16 on the road last week to record its sixth win of the season and match its total from 2012. The Titans got 91 rushing yards and a touchdown from Shonn Greene, 90 rushing yards from Chris Johnson and six catches for 117 yards and the game-winning score from Nate Washington. Tennessee’s defense held Jacksonville to 85 net yards and three points in the second half to allow the team to rally from a 10-point deficit in the game’s final 24 minutes. Houston fell 37-13 (after trailing 16-13 in the third quarter) in its home finale to Denver. Injuries to Arian Foster and Ben Tate have hurt the Texans’ offense, but the defense is still solid.

Team stat comparisons

Shonn Greene rushed 19 times for 91 yards and a touchdown at Jacksonville.

Shonn Greene rushed 19 times for 91 yards and a touchdown at Jacksonville.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 19th (338.6)
Rushing Yards/Game: 15th (116.2)
Passing Yards/Game: 21st (222.4)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-3 (tied for 18th in NFL)

Houston’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 7th (318.0)
Rushing Yards/Game: 24th (120.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 3rd (197.5)
Points Allowed/Game: 26th (27.5)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 15th (341.3)
Rushing Yards/Game: 20th (115.3)
Passing Yards/Game: 10th (225.9)
Points Allowed/Game: 19th (24.7)

Houston’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 11th (351.2)
Rushing Yards/Game: 19th (111.9)
Passing Yards/Game: 16th (239.3)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-17 (tied for 31st in NFL)

Series history

The Titans lead 14-9, despite dropping the past three meetings, four of the past six and five of the past eight.

The previous meeting

Houston was able to rally for a 30-24 overtime victory in Week 2 with a touchdown run by Foster, who added a two-point conversion late in regulation, and a TD pass from Matt Schaub to DeAndre Hopkins in overtime.

The Titans took a 24-16 lead with 3:07 remaining in the game after Alterraun Verner returned an interception of Matt Schaub 23 yards for a touchdown. Verner’s “pick 6” followed a nine-play, 99-yard touchdown drive that was capped with a 10-yard pass from Jake Locker to Delanie Walker for a 17-16 lead with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter. Locker also threw a touchdown to Kendall Wright in the first quarter.


The Titans are trying to record their second straight win for the second time this season and snap a five-game losing streak at home. Tennessee was pleased with the rushing attack that outgained Jacksonville 182-63 Sunday and wouldn’t mind having another game with nearly a 2:1 run:pass ratio. The Texans have lost 13 in a row but eight of those have been decided by seven points or less. A preseason pick for the Super Bowl by many, Houston is now in contention for the top overall pick in the draft that is awarded to the team with the worst record.

The turnover ratio has loomed the largest for both teams this season. Tennessee is 6-2 when it has a turnover ratio of even or better and 0-7 when it doesn’t. The Texans, meanwhile, are minus-17 in turnover ratio, undermining a defense that ranks seventh in yards allowed, third in passing yards allowed and seventh in opponents’ third down conversion percentage (35.0).

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3 Responses to “First Look: Titans vs. Texans”

  1. By addicted2football on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply

    Chalk this one up as a win, meaningless as it may be because there is no way in Hades Houston will even attempt to win this game and hand the 1st overall pick to the Rams via the Redskins. Titans win, finish 7-9 and pick somewhere close to 15th in the upcoming draft, mostly because we won head to head matchups against 3 team that will potentially have the same record as us (Steelers, Jets, and Rams are all presently at 7-8). Does anybody think we have a player in Tyler Wilson? I personally think we should put him in Sunday to see what he can do. In a worst case scenario for 2014, we cut Fitzpatrick, roll with Locker, Rusty Smith and Tyler Wilson. The worst thing that could happen is we end up with a high draft pick in 2015 and go for a QB in the 1st round. Opinions?

  2. By addicted2football on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply

    I’m opposed to trading up for a QB this year, mostly because we already gave our 3rd rounder to the Niners for Justin Hunter. A trade up this year would cost us our 2nd rounder and probably our 1st rounder for 2015, and in my opinion, that’s WAY too expensive.

  3. By addicted2football on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply

    My pre-combine draft wish list: Round 1 MLB CJ Mosley, Round 2 ROT JaJuan James, Round 4 TE Joe Don Duncan, Round 5 RB Antonio Andrews, Round 6 ss Hakeen Smith, Round 7 Bennett Jackson. The last 2 picks could change if we re-sign Verner and Pollard.

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