By: Angel Rick Leal
Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans
Monday – November 26 – 7:15 p.m.
TV – ESPN
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
Records Before Game
Tennessee Titans ( 5 – 5 )
Houston Texans ( 7 – 3 )
When the Houston Texans take the field tonight against the Tennessee Titans not only are they coming in with a seven game winning streak, but they will also be in their first game since the passing of Robert C. McNair, the players will all carry a reminder of the teams late owner and founder. The players will all have a small decal on the back of their helmets of a football with the simple white block letters bearing his initials of “RCM.” Now the Texans will continue that quest without McNair and now under the guidance of Cal McNair, who’s been serving as the team’s chairman and chief operating officer and will take over in the wake of his father’s death.
Their next challenge will be facing a Tennessee team that is expected to get quarterback Marcus Mariota back after he missed the second half of the Titans’ 38-10 loss to Indianapolis after suffering a stinger.
The AFC South-leading Texans lost to the Titans 20-17 in Week 2 in a game that Mariota missed because of an elbow injury.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel, who worked as an assistant in Houston for the past four years, thinks that his team is better than it was in that game, but knows that the Texans have improved, too.
”Other than last week, we probably were playing better defense than the first time, but you never know,” he said.
”The great thing about this league is you have to prove it every week. Every day that you come to work, as a player in this league and as a coach in this league, you have to prove your value to the team. We have to get to work and be able to practice and prepare against a good football team.”
The Titans currently have the second best defense in the NFL only allowing opposing offenses to average 18.9 points per game while their offense is however 28th in the league averaging 17.8 points a game. The Houston Texans on the other hand are scoring an average of 23.0 points per game giving them the ranks of 16th in the league and 5th in only allowing opposing offenses with an average of 20.5 points per game.
Houston’s QB Deshaun Watson continues to show better pocket awareness in his second year. While Watson often bolted at the first sign of trouble last season, this year he’s buying time to find open receivers and now is up to 18 touchdown passes with 275 rushing yards.
Houston has fielded one of the league’s top defenses this season giving up 330.5 yards per game which places them at number seven in the NFL. They’ve only generated 28 sacks but with players like JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, they’re still one of the most feared pass rushes in the NFL.
I predict the Houston Texans will continue their win streak in a close game at NRG Stadium.
Houston Texans 30
Tennessee Titans 23