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Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

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Perhaps the clearest confirmation of the Tennessee Titans' status as a legitimate Super Bowl contender came on Tuesday night in Nashville against the previously unbeaten Buffalo Bills.


The Titans not only looked sharp in their first game since Sept. 27, with a COVID-19 outbreak putting their season on pause following their Week 3 road victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee played with remarkable precision in all three phases, appearing in no manner disrupted by an unexpected suspension and reconfiguration of its regular season schedule.


On Sunday, the Titans (4-0) will host the Houston Texans (1-3) at Nissan Stadium, poised to maintain their early season momentum and positioned to secure a four-game lead on their primary AFC South rivals. The Texans have claimed four of the previous five division titles.


Tennessee will have to overcome the hurdle of a short preparation week while continuing to settle in on the heels of an emotional roller coaster of exacting coronavirus tests and protocols.


"I think that's what we have to do," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "You get back to work, win or lose, and still try to find ways to improve. I think that's something that we've always talked about. I think that the players understand that and appreciate that if you don't continue to improve and find ways to get better each and every week, you're not going to be where you want to be at the end of the season."


The Titans, who finished 6 for 6 in the red zone while committing zero turnovers and allowing no sacks against Buffalo, are hamstrung by the number of players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Receivers Corey Davis and Adam Humphries, fullback Khari Blasingame, tight end MyCole Pruitt and defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons remained on that inactive list on Wednesday.


Tennessee did activate cornerback Kristian Fulton from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday but he was among the inactives after not practicing in advance of the contest against the Bills.


"We are hopeful that some of those players would return that are on the COVID list here in the next few days," Vrabel said.


The Titans' impressive showing against the Bills was not lost on their upcoming opponent. Given the topsy-turvy nature of a league playing under pandemic protocols, the effort resonated.


"It was a good performance by them considering what they've gone through," Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel said. "They looked fresh. The time off, I think they were really excited about being back on the field. I think that that gave them a lift, finally playing a game after having one moved and one pushed back, and now we're finally on the field. So, I think that they enjoyed it and appreciated being out there."


The Texans got a jolt of adversity following their first victory Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, losing linebacker Benardrick McKinney to season-ending shoulder surgery. McKinney, a sixth-year veteran out of Mississippi State, had 37 tackles through four games this season.


McKinney, 27, amassed 330 tackles while missing only two games over the previous four seasons.


"B-Mac's obviously an energetic guy," Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. "A hard hitter. A guy who's been in the middle for us for a long time. So, it's definitely a tough loss to lose a guy like B-Mac. We're fortunate to have T.A. (Tyrell Adams) step in and play the way he did this past week (against Jacksonville) and we hope he continues to play at that level and obviously give us that energy he had all game long and continue to move forward.


"When you lose a guy like B-Mac, who's a captain, who's a guy everyone kind of looks to and respects, it's always difficult for you."


--Field Level Media


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Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans

Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Adams primary: Linebacker Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Will Fuller V primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Senio Kelemete primary: Left Guard Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Justin Reid primary: Safety Starter
Bradley Roby primary: Cornerback Starter
Brennan Scarlett primary: Linebacker Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Left Tackle Starter
Carlos Watkins primary: Linebacker Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandon Dunn primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
David Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
P.J. Hall primary: Defensive End Starter
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Starter
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
DeAndre Carter primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dylan Cole primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Phillip Gaines primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cullen Gillaspia primary: Fullback Substitution
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Whitney Mercilus primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Max Scharping primary: Guard Substitution
Kenny Stills primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jonathan Owens primary: Safety Substitution
Brent Qvale primary: Guard Substitution
Randall Cobb primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jonathan Greenard primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
John Reid primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Thomas primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Substitution
Kyle Emanuel primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Not active
Cornell Armstrong primary: Cornerback Not active
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Not active
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Player Position Lineup
Khari Blasingame primary: Fullback Starter
A.J. Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jayon Brown primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Malcolm Butler primary: Cornerback Starter
Kevin Byard primary: Free Safety Starter
Nate Davis primary: Right Guard Starter
Rashaan Evans primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Derrick Henry primary: Runningback Starter
Ben Jones primary: Center Starter
DaQuan Jones primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Dennis Kelly primary: Right Tackle Starter
Harold Landry III primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Taylor Lewan primary: Left Tackle Starter
Rodger Saffold III primary: Left Guard Starter
Jeffery Simmons primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jonnu Smith primary: Tight End Starter
Ryan Tannehill primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenny Vaccaro primary: Strong Safety Starter
Kristian Fulton primary: Cornerback Starter
Johnathan Joseph primary: Cornerback Starter
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jadeveon Clowney primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Daren Bates primary: Linebacker Substitution
Cameron Batson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Beau Brinkley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jamil Douglas primary: Guard Substitution
Anthony Firkser primary: Tight End Substitution
Amani Hooker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Adam Humphries primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joshua Kalu primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Brett Kern primary: Punter Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Linebacker Substitution
Isaiah Mack primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Kalif Raymond primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derick Roberson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kareem Orr primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ty Sambrailo primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Dzubnar primary: Linebacker Substitution
Vic Beasley Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jack Crawford primary: Defensive End Substitution
Larrell Murchison primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Geoff Swaim primary: Tight End Substitution
Jeremy McNichols primary: Runningback Substitution
Stephen Gostkowski primary: Kicker Substitution
Tye Smith primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chris Milton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Matt Dickerson primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Daniel Munyer primary: Center Not active
Logan Woodside primary: Quarterback Did not play
Isaiah Wilson primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Chris Jackson primary: Defensive Back Not active
Aaron Brewer primary: Center Did not play
Will Compton primary: Linebacker Not active

Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: A.J. Brown
    • Passer: Ryan Tannehill
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Anthony Firkser
    • Passer: Ryan Tannehill
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 22 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Humphries
    • Passer: Ryan Tannehill
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Pass Receiver: Darren Fells
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Period 3
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Pass Receiver: Randall Cobb
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: David Johnson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: A.J. Brown
    • Passer: Ryan Tannehill
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Pass Receiver: Brandin Cooks
    • Conv Receiver: Randall Cobb
    • Conv Passer: Deshaun Watson
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 53 Yards
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Pass Receiver: Will Fuller V
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 94 Yards
    • Conv Passer: Ryan Tannehill
    • Rusher: Derrick Henry
    • Conv Receiver: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
  • Period 5
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Derrick Henry
  • Match End


Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20
  • @Tennessee L 36 - 42
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 30
  • Minnesota L 31 - 23
  • @Pittsburgh L 21 - 28
  • Baltimore L 33 - 16
W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • @Baltimore W 30 - 24
  • Indianapolis L 34 - 17
  • Chicago W 17 - 24
  • @Cincinnati L 20 - 31
  • Pittsburgh L 27 - 24
  • Houston W 36 - 42
  • Buffalo W 16 - 42
  • Pittsburgh D 0 - 0
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 30
  • Jacksonville W 30 - 33

Next Games

  • Indianapolis(11-21-19) W 17 - 20
  • @Chicago(11-11-12) W 13 - 6
  • @Indianapolis(10-20-19) L 23 - 30
  • Cincinnati(12-24-16) W 10 - 12
  • Tennessee(12-29-19) L 35 - 14
  • @Indianapolis(12-01-19) W 31 - 17
  • Cleveland(10-16-16) W 26 - 28
  • @Jacksonville(09-19-19) L 7 - 20
  • Detroit(09-23-12) W 41 - 44
  • @Green Bay(08-09-18) L 17 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Texans @ Titans 36-42
  • Titans @ Texans 35-14
  • Texans @ Titans 24-21
  • Titans @ Texans 17-34
  • Texans @ Titans 17-20
  • Texans @ Titans 13-24
  • Titans @ Texans 14-57
  • Texans @ Titans 17-24
  • Titans @ Texans 20-27
  • Texans @ Titans 34-6

Last Injuries

Tennessee Titans

  • Kenny Vaccaro

    Prob Sun | probable

    Vaccaro missed the last game due to a neck injury, but it is not expected to impede his availability against the Colts on Sunday.

  • Tye Smith

    Ques Sun | I-R

    Smith has been added to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a shoulder injury and the team has three weeks to activate him.

  • MyCole Pruitt

    Out Sun | out

    Pruitt has been held out of the previous two games due to injuries to his right knee and ankle. He will not be in the lineup against the Colts on Sunday.

  • Rodger Saffold III

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Saffold III sat out the previous game due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will take the field against the Colts on Sunday.

  • Ty Sambrailo

    I-R | I-R

    Sambrailo has been ticketed for the injured reserve list due to an undisclosed injury.

  • Larrell Murchison

    Prob Sun | probable

    Murchison was absent from the lineup during last game with a back injury, but it is anticipated that he will play on Sunday against the Colts.

  • Ben Jones

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones is hampered by a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Colts on Sunday.

  • Dennis Kelly

    Prob Sun | probable

    Kelly has an injured knee, but it is anticipated that he will line up against the Colts on Sunday.

Houston Texans

  • Charlie Heck

    day-to-day | questionable

    Heck sat out the previous contest due to an unspecified ailment. It is unknown if he will face the Colts in Week 13.

  • Nate Orchard

    day-to-day | questionable

    Orchard was held out of the lineup for the last game with an undefined injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Week 13 against the Colts.

  • Cullen Gillaspia

    day-to-day | questionable

    Gillaspia has been held out of the previous two games due to a back injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take the field against the Colts in Week 13.

  • Josh McCown

    day-to-day | questionable

    McCown has been absent from the lineup during the previous three games due to a personal matter, and it is undetermined if he will make his team debut against the Colts during Week 13.

  • Isaiah Coulter

    day-to-day | questionable

    Coulter has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a neck strain, and it is unclear if he will return Week 13 against the Colts.

  • Randall Cobb

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Cobb has been shuttled to the injured reserve list due to a toe injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Su'a-Filo has been designated for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a left ankle injury. The team has one week to activate him.

  • Kenny Stills

    day-to-day | questionable

    Stills missed the last game due to a quad injury, and it remains to be seen if he will dress for Week 13 versus the Colts.

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans blew a two-touchdown lead only to rally for a 42-36 overtime win over the Houston Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville

The Titans (5-0) amassed 601 yards, with quarterback Ryan Tannehill passing for 364 yards and four touchdowns to complement Henry. Tannehill engineered a 9-play, 76-yard drive in the waning moments, and his 7-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown with four seconds left forced overtime. In the extra period, Henry had a 53-yard reception before his 5-yard run ended it.

Deshaun Watson passed for 335 yards and four touchdowns to lead the comeback for Houston (1-5). But Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel made a late dubious decision that proved fatal.

The wild second half commenced when Texans safety Justin Reid blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt by Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Houston converted that opportunity five plays later when David Johnson scored on a 1-yard run that cut the Titans lead to 21-17 with 6:15 left in the third.

On the ensuing possession, the Titans lost left tackle Taylor Lewan to injury and the Texans capitalized immediately when J.J. Watt recorded a strip sack on Tannehill. Jacob Martin recovered the fumble at the Tennessee 4-yard line. Watson hit Randall Cobb for a 4-yard touchdown on third down and the Texans had their first lead at 23-21 following the missed PAT.

Henry responded with a 94-yard touchdown run on the first snap of the Titans' next possession only for Watson to toss a 53-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller V. When Watson threw a 1-yard touchdown to Brandin Cooks with 1:50 left, the Texans led 36-29. But a failed two-point conversion opened the door for the Titans, and they kicked it in over their last two drives.

Tennessee dominated the first half behind Tannehill, who was 14-of-19 for 149 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. The Titans had drives of 80, 71 and 85 yards and extended their streak of consecutive red-zone possessions ending in touchdowns to 10 when Tannehill hit Brown for a 6-yard score for a 14-0 lead with 12 seconds left in the first period.

The Texans sliced that deficit in half with a desperate 13-play, 82-yard march culminating in a Watson 1-yard touchdown pass to Darren Fells on fourth down at the 8:56 mark of the second quarter. But the Titans managed an immediate response with their 85-yard drive, converting a pair of third downs before Tannehill found Adam Humphries for a 22-yard strike and 21-7 lead.

--Field Level Media