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Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans Preview and Predictions 12-15-2019


The Tennessee Titans went from 2-4 to a tie at the top of the AFC South and are winners of four straight games, but their toughest tests remain. The Titans will try to keep the win streak alive when they host the Houston Texans on Sunday - the first of two meetings between the division rivals over the last three weeks of the regular season.

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Tennessee, which sandwiches a game against NFC South-leading New Orleans in between the matchups with Houston, is averaging 37.5 points during the four-game winning streak and is 6-1 since turning to Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback. "It needs to be loud, it needs to be packed, it needs to be filled," running back Derrick Henry told reporters of the stadium in Nashville this week. "We know at the beginning of the season it was kind of rough as we tried to find our identity. But we got this thing rolling and we need our fans to back us up. It's a big game, versus a division opponent, so we hope everybody is there and we hope it is loud." Houston had first place in the South all to itself before a disappointing 38-24 home loss to the Denver Broncos last week and has a date at Tampa Bay in Week 16 before hosting the Titans in the finale. "Obviously, we're trying to clinch this playoff berth and have some postseason games, so we just have to move on to the next and not let this happen again," cornerback Johnathan Joseph told reporters after last week's setback.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Titans -3 O/U: 51

ABOUT THE TEXANS (8-5): Houston was coming off a 28-22 victory over New England when it came out flat against the Broncos and fell into a 21-0 hole less than 19 minutes into the game. "We're not consistent," Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters. "I feel like we have a ton of consistent people on the coaching staff and on the team, but we don't play consistently. We have more wins than losses this year, but I think that's a fair criticism of this team. ... That's a reflection of the head coach. We've got to get the team to play more consistently." Houston was down 38-3 in the third quarter before Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more, pushing his total to 31 TDs on the season.

ABOUT THE TITANS (8-5): Tannehill can become a free agent after this season and is putting up record-setting numbers since getting a chance to open up the offense in Tennessee. Tannehill is the second quarterback in NFL history (Aaron Rodgers, 2011) to produce a passer rating of 130 or higher while completing at least 75 percent of his passes in three straight games and joined Russell Wilson (2015) as the only QBs with at least two passing TDs and a passer rating of 125 in at least four consecutive contests, but is consistently being asked about his future. "I think we are always talking about personnel and the roster, and I think what Ryan has done has been fantastic," Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel told reporters. "We're going to focus on this week, and we'll focus on decisions on the roster in the offseason. But Ryan is going to be our quarterback this week, and (he needs to) just continue to improve and we'll try and help him prepare and perform."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Texans WR Will Fuller V (hamstring) sat out last week and is questionable for Sunday.

2. Henry suffered a hamstring injury in last week's win but is probable for Sunday.

3. The home team took each of the last six meetings.

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Last Injuries

Tennessee Titans

  • Derick Roberson

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Roberson has missed the past two games with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Vikings in Week 3.

  • Johnathan Joseph

    Leg
    day-to-day | questionable

    Joseph departed the last game due to a leg injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Vikings in Week 3.

  • Darrynton Evans

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Evans has been held out of the previous two games with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Week 3 versus the Vikings.

  • Jamil Douglas

    Hand
    day-to-day | questionable

    Douglas has sat out the last two games due to a hand injury, and it is unknown if he will take the field Week 3 against the Vikings.

  • Vic Beasley Jr.

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Beasley has been absent from the lineup during the past two games due to a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will partake in Week 3 against the Vikings.

  • A.J. Brown

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown sat out the previous game with a bone bruise in his knee, and it has yet to be established if he will be active against the Vikings during Week 3.

  • Taylor Lewan

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lewan is ailing from an illness, but he is projected to be good to go for Sunday's clash with the Jaguars.

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Clowney is nursing a hip injury, but he is expected to line up against the Jaguars on Sunday.

Houston Texans

  • Cullen Gillaspia

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Gillaspia left the last game due to a concussion, and it is undetermined if he will be cleared in time for Week 3 versus the Steelers.

  • Peter Kalambayi

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Kalambayi was held out of the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Week 3 versus the Steelers.

  • Duke Johnson

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Johnson missed the last game with a sprained ankle, and it is unclear if he will be ready for Week 3 against the Steelers.

  • Jonathan Greenard

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Greenard has sat out the past two games due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Steelers in Week 3.

  • Will Fuller V

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Fuller V departed the previous game with a right hamstring injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be available against the Steelers during Week 3.

  • Cullen Gillaspia

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Gillaspia missed the previous game with a hamstring injury, but it is not expected to impede his status for Sunday's contest against the Ravens.

  • Tytus Howard

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Howard is hampered by an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will participate Sunday versus the Ravens.

  • J.J. Watt

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Watt has a hip injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Ravens on Sunday.