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This matchup will serve as the probable champion of the AFC South. The (8-5) Texans have seen their short-lived lead dissipate as the Titans have continued to win. Their most recent loss to the Broncos last week is what officially gave up their lead. Their defense gave up 309 yards to the third-string quarterback for the Broncos, Drew Lock, who also threw three touchdowns to cap off a total beat down. The Texans will have to find a way to stop Derrick Henry this week if they want to rebound and win the division. The (8-5) Titans have come a long way to get back in the divisional race. They are currently on a 4-game win streak and have won six of their last seven games. In their last four wins, Derrick Henry has been the major reason for their success. He rushed for over 100 yards in each game while picking up seven total rushing touchdowns. A.J. Brown has also emerged as a top receiver with two 100 yard games in the four-game span. With all the momentum on the Titans side and home-field advantage, it will be difficult for the Texans to stop them. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans matchup page.
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN
Houston Texans: WR Will Fuller V (O), RB Taiwan Jones (O), DE Carlos Williams (O)
Tennessee Titans: S Kenny Vaccaro (Q), RB Derrick Henry (Q), LB Daren Bates (O), CB LeShaun Sims (O), LB Derick Roberson (O), WR Adam Humphries (O), CB Adoree’ Jackson (O)
Houston Texans Analysis
The Texans suffered an embarrassing loss to the Broncos last week in which their defense failed to stop almost everything the Broncos threw at them. Giving up 309 yards to Drew Lock is not optimal. Offensively, nothing bad stuck out. Deshaun Watson had success both throwing and running the ball with three total touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins took over the playmaker in the passing game. Carlos Hyde ran for 73 yards on 14 carries. Nothing bad sticks out, but the defense did not get it done and will need to figure it out before Sunday.
The Titans currently look unstoppable offensively and with the Texans’ defense coming off their disastrous game, it does not bode well. The Titans heavily rely on the run game with Derrick Henry, so stopping him first will be key. They open up their full offense when he gets going, but if the Texans can power him down, they can make the Titans’ offense look unlively. Deshaun Watson just needs to continue doing his thing offensively and the Texans will be fine on that front.
Houston Texans Depth Chart
Tennessee Titans Analysis
The Titans have everything on their side moving into this game. Their 4-game win streak has catapulted them to the top of the AFC South. Derrick Henry has been huge for them lately with four straight 100+ yard games while gaining multiple touchdowns in three of the last four games. A.J. Brown has also stepped up in a huge way with two 100+ yard games in the past three games with three total touchdowns during that span. Keeping them both hot will be the priority on offense as they continue to keep their eyes on a playoff berth.
The Texans really struggled against the pass last game against the Broncos. They allow 265.8 passing yards per game which are the sixth-highest in the NFL. A.J. Brown should be a key factor if the Titans are to win this game. The Texans are also not a great team against the run which is how the Titans have found success. Derrick Henry has been the leader for the Titans and when he gets going, the team gets going. If he can hit 100 yards, the Titans are practically handed a win.
Tennessee Titans Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Do It Again Henry
Derrick Henry has gone full beast mode the past few games. He has eclipsed 100 rushing yards five times and four of those have been the last four games. He has 15 total touchdowns on the season and seven of them have been in the last four games. The Texans provided about an average run defense which is a good sign for Henry. He has blasted his 100-yard games against tougher teams. With the streak he has, it will be tough for the Texans to stop him.