Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
Sunday – November 1 – 12:00 pm CT
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
The fortunate thing about Sunday’s game between the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans is that one of the teams will get end a losing streak that runs either four or five games. With a win, just maybe that team will make a valiant attempt to save their season. On the unfortunate side of things, the loser will be left to contemplate the needed upgrades for next season.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien got what he wanted and that’s backup quarterback Ryan Mallett being cut from the team after missing the team flight last Saturday to Miami. Maybe a move like that will ignite those who did make the flight but have yet to play up to their capabilities. In last week’s defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, 44-26, the team showed some good signs late in the game. Also late in the game they suffered a season ending loss of running back Arian Foster with a torn achilles. Alfred Blue will step in as the starter for the remainder of the season.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer can now relax and just run the team without the threat of being replaced by Mallet which happened earlier in the season. He will have the luxury of facing one of the leagues worst defense’s in the Titans, who surrender 28.4 points and 370.9 total yards a game, highlighted by a horrendous 129.2 on the ground.
Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will get his second start of the season as he replaced rookie signal caller Marcus Mariota who is out with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Mettenberger must play well against a talented but underachieving Texans defense if he wants to get his first NFL win after going winless in his previous seven starts.
Prediction: Texans 24 – Titans 14