Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans Free NFL Picks for Week 8

David Lawrence

Sunday, November 1, 2015 12:48 PM GMT

Tennessee is 1-5 after scoring a single touchdown at home against Atlanta. The Texans are 2-5 after getting destroyed by Miami. Luckily, they're in the AFC South, which has been terrible this year.

Opening Odds & Line Movement

Open: Odds at Pinnacle
There are no NFL odds for this game as of Wednesday as the linesmakers are awaiting word on Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota, who didn't play against the Falcons and as a result, the offense looked awful. Meanwhile, the Texans had to release QB Ryan Mallett for being late a number of times this season. At best, Houston might be a slight favorite at home even if Mariota plays, but not by much at all.

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Injuries
Mariota is feeling better after suffering his knee injury against Miami two weeks ago, but it is still up in the air as to whether he can play. If not, it is more of Zach Mettenberger and no one needs to see anymore of that. CB Jason McCourty and S Michael Griffin were limited in practice with undisclosed injuries, while LB Perrish Cox didn't practice because of his hamstring.

For the Texans, losing RB Arian Foster to an Achilles injury in a blowout sums up their season in a nutshell. When healthy, Foster might be the Texans' best offensive player, although WR DeAndre Hopkins deserves consideration. If nothing else, Foster is their most important player on offense because now, there is Brian Hoyer throwing to Hopkins, and WR Cecil Shorts is still out with a hamstring injury. If anything, the Texans should be playing for pride after going down 41-0 in the first half against the Dolphins.

 

Trends
The Titans are just 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall, and 1-5 ATS in their last six on the road. The Texans are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games, and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 at home. Keep an eye on the total as the Titans have gone over in four of their last six games; the Texans have gone over in four of their last five.

The Texans are 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Titans, who have split their last 10 trips to Houston both SU and ATS.

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