A win over the 4-11 Houston Texans on Sunday, and the Tennessee Titans are your AFC South champions. The Titans will be looking for a rebound after a truly dreadful performance in the snow at Lambeau Field last Sunday night. A win here helps erase that memory a little bit and would bring a wildcard matchup into focus.
The Texans are limping home to close out the season, coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Making matters worse, star quarterback Deshaun Watson went down with an elbow injury, bringing his status for this game into question. However, interim head coach Romeo Crennel says Watson will play against the Titans.
Watson is the one good thing going right now for the Texans, who have otherwise had a dismal 2020. Watson has continued to play at a high level, even without DeAndre Hopkins to throw to. The former Clemson star has career highs in yards (4,400+) and touchdowns (30) so far in the season.
Watson’s availability alone should have Titans fans concerned, considering what this defense has done all year. No pass rush and a leaky secondary could spell bad news against Watson, who still should be able to rack up plenty of yards in this spot.
Still, Vegas likes the Titans by more than an touchdown on the road. Tennessee is a 7.5 point favorite here, as the gambling markets have sort of settled in there with the news that Watson is suiting up. The 56.5 total is easily the highest of the week.
Houston’s main issue will be slowing Derrick Henry with the league’s 31st ranked run defense. It’s obviously Henry season, and the matchup here is a juicy one. Henry ran for 212 against the Texans early in the season, now he’s just 223 yards away from a 2,000 yard season.
The issue here, as it has been all season, will be slowing down the opposing offense. Let’s see if this defense can build a little momentum in the final week of the regular season.
The Titans and Texans will kickoff on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT.