This game scares me a little bit. The Texans have become a very good team. The run they are on is a little like the run the Titans got on in 2006. They aren't a playoff team, but nobody wants to play them right now.
The key to this game for the Titans is limiting the big play. Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Steve Slaton are all big play guys. Slaton had a couple of big runs in the first meeting, and he is the only back to get 100 yards against this defense all year. You can bet the defense will remember that on Sunday.
Johnson was very quiet the first time these two teams met. He managed just 2 catches for 29 yards but has 92 catches for 1,201 yards already this season. Cortland Finnegan played great against him last time, and it doesn't worried me when Finny is lined up on his side. I do get a little worried when he is line up on Nick Harper and mainly because of the bum ankle.
On offense the Titans just need to take care of the ball. The Texans have struggled against the run this season, so I look to see a steady dose of both Smash and Dash. LenDale has gotten a lot more carries in the last few games, and I think a lot of that is to save some of the wear on Crazy Legs. This week should be more of the same.
I predict a Titans' win, but I don't think it will be as lopsided as the first meeting. Titans 24-17
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