The 1-4 Houston Texans and 4-0 Tennessee Titans will square up in an AFC South divisional battle on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Nissan Stadium in Music City. We’ll look at both teams and what the top-rated sportsbooks are saying.
Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
Sunday, October 18, 2020 – 01:00 PM EDT at Nissan Stadium
A week after the Houston Texans kicked Bill O’Brien to the curb, the team finally won their first game of the season in Week 5 under interim coach Romeo Crennel. Tennessee finally returned after having their facility shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak and surprisingly shutout the Buffalo Bills 42-16.
The Texans picked up their first win of the season in Week 5, the debut of interim coach Romeo Crennel. QB Deshaun Watson threw three touchdown passes and had 359 passing yards, while the defense sacked Gardner Minshew three times in a 30-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tennessee finally got to play after a long layoff because of an outbreak of COVID-19 on the team. They defeated the Buffalo Bills 42-16 Tuesday night to remain unbeaten. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another, while RB Derrick Henry scored twice.
A Look at Texans
After an 0-4 start, Houston canned O’Brian and now they're 1-0 under Crennel.
Last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, QB Deshaun Watson had 350 yards passing and three touchdowns and for once the O-line showed they could block. Watson went down with just one sack, though he was picked off twice.
Watson, 25, has tallied over 300 passing yards in two straight games and has recorded a 1451 passing yards. Houston’s rushing offense currently ranks 30th in the NFL as David Johnson has struggled to gain yards only rushing for 293 this year. Washed up Will Fuller had 58 receiving yards last week and is now up to 332 yards.
But Brandon Cooks had a great game last week, actually his best with Houston, recording 161 yards and a TD on eight catches. Prior to that, Cooks had been targeted just 18 times and had just 138 receiving yards.
A Look at Titans
The Titans had a two weeks before Tuesday night’s blowout over the Bills who went into the game undefeated. It looked like they hadn’t practiced all week. Tennessee was even out a handful of young guys who tested positive for COVID, including their two starting receivers Corey Davis and Adam Humphries. They put a beat down on the Bills 42-16 in a primetime Tuesday night game.
Josh Allen was out-performed by backup QB Ryan Tannehill who threw three touchdown passes and rushed one in the end zone himself. Derrick Henry was held to 57 yards on 19 carries but still reached the end zone twice. Top wideout AJ Brown played for the first time since Week 1 coming off of an injury. He reeled in seven catches for 82 yards and a score.
The Texans looked like a solid team in their 30-13 victory over the Jaguars under new coach Crennel. While the Titans blew out the Bills, they’re coming into this game with a big ego and not a lot of rest in between, though they don’t have travel. Also, their defense is leaky but still manages to make some top plays.
Deshaun Watson takes the spotlight in this game, but he doesn’t have the help he needs around him.