Houston Texans (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (3-2)
While most people have been ridiculously hyping Tim Tebow’s start with the Denver Broncos against Miami, there’s a more intriguing matchup that deserves a bit more attention this week.
You got the Houston team versus the team formerly from Houston for my pick for Game of the Week.
The Texans head to Nashville against the Tennessee Titans in a fight for the lead in the AFC South. And I’m not talking about the fight that occurred last year as seen in the above picture. But it would be quote entertaining.
It sounds strange when you hear the Indianapolis Colts not in the picture.
In a division where it’s been the Colts and everybody else, this is the year where the AFC South is up for grabs. Tennessee and Houston have been the teams that have been taking advantage.
Both teams don’t have outstanding records, but they have the ingredients to win games. Yet, some of those ingredients have been missing.
Tennessee is dead last in running. You mean to tell me running back Chris Johnson caused all that drama for nothing? Plus, they are without their top receiver, Kenny Britt, for the rest of the season.
As for Houston, their running game is one of the best, with and without Arian Foster. However, the Titans’ run defense could cause some problems, forcing the Texans to work on their passing game. That wouldn’t be much of a problem for Houston except for the fact that they will be without receiver Andre Johnson again.
Houston looked to have had this in division the bag. At one point, they were a top-5 team in my weekly rankings. But they have sunk like a stone. The Texans have suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season and the injuries are one of the major factors. Without linebacker Mario Williams the rest of the season, Houston now has to prove that they are still capable of winning without two of their star players.
Tennessee quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is having a solid season and has found a new target in Nate Washington. They’re barely staying afloat in this division, but their advantage is that they have yet to lose at home.
Defensively, both teams are pretty equal, but the offensive edge may go Houston’s way. Even without Andre Johnson, Schaub’s capable of finding his other receivers Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter and his second favorite target in tight end Owen Daniels. But Schaub also loses a bit of confidence when Andre Johnson is absent as evident in his last two games against the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.
The home field advantage and the fact that the Titans finally have a stable quarterback with experience may be what gives Tennessee the victory. Who knows? Maybe we will finally see the Chris Johnson that deserves the money he cried about in the off-season.