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Texans Look to Stay Undeafted Against Division Rival Tennessee

Posted By Dustin Kelver On Sep 27 2012 @ 9:49 pm In Houston Texans,NFL | No Comments

The Houston Texans are off to their best start in franchise history at 3-0 and they have looked like one of, if not the best team in football. Trying to hand the Texans their first loss of the season will be the inconsistent Tennessee Titans. The Titans got their first win of the season last week against the Detroit Lions and it was a barn burner, as the final score was 44-41 in overtime. For the past few seasons the Titans have been known by one player, Chris Johnson. He has really fallen off since having that 2,000 yard season and this year he has just 45 yards on 33 carries. The guy carrying this offense through the first 3 games is 2nd year QB Jake Locker. He has been very impressive this season completing 64% of his passes and has a 91.9 QB rating on the young season. However, they haven’t faced a defense as good as the Texans’ is all year long. So I expect Houston to challenge the young Locker and make him make tough and quick decisions.

The Texans defense should have no problems at all stop CJ2…Chris Johnson as he has been terrible this season. This will make Tennessee one-dimensional and should allow for the Texans to send a lot of different looks at Jake Locker. The Titans have only given up 2 sacks on the season, but again they haven’t faced a pass rush like Houston has. That will be the interesting thing to watch for on Sunday because if Houston can get to Locker and sack him this game will get ugly quick. However, if Tennessee can keep their signal caller upright then Tennessee has a shot at putting up some points and hanging in the game.

The Texans offense should have a field day on this atrocious Titans defense. They have given up the most points per game thus far (37.7) they are 31st in total yards, 30th in pass yards, and 29th in rushing yards allowed per game. This means expect Arian Foster to have a field day and potentially eclipsing 200 yards on the ground. Matt Schaub will pick apart the Titans soft secondary and the TE’s will have a HUGE day (note to all fantasy owners).

I expect this game to get ugly and get ugly quick. Chris Johnson will do absolutely nothing in the run game and Jake Locker will be sacked multiple times in this game. The Texans will have a short field to work with all day and just wear down the Titans’ defense with Arian Foster and Ben Tate.

Predictions:
Texans win easily 45-17

Matt Schaub: 18-25 250 yards 2 TD’s
Arian Foster: 30 carries 220 yards and 2 TD’s
Ben Tate: 15 carries 95 yards and TD
Andre Johnson 8 catches 85 yards
Owen Daniels 10 catches 90 yards 2 TD’s
Defense: 4 sacks 3 forced turnovers and a defensive TD

Texans offense will total over 350 rushing yards and over 500 total yards of offense.  They will hold Tennessee to under 300 total yards and double Tennessee’s time of possession.

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