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When it comes to falling short, the Houston Texans had been a model franchise in years past. Regardless of the talent that the team has fielded, they had never been able to overcome the likes of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, and had never been able to reach the postseason. However, with a season-ending neck injury to Peyton Manning before the year even began, the door was blown wide open for the Texans to make their move, and although they struggled with some injuries to the quarterback position themselves, at no point did they allow it to compromise the golden opportunity that they had been presented with. Houston has already clinched their division heading in to their regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans, and with nothing to play for, we likely wont’ see many key starters in the game.
Tennessee Titans @ Houston TexansSunday January 1, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
NFL Betting Lines: Tennessee Titans – 3
The Texans likely won’t move any higher or lower in the AFC regardless of whether they win or lose, so it would make sense to rest key starters such as Mario Williams and Andre Johnson. The Titans on the other hand come in to this game with a sense of spite after blowing their own opportunities to move in to a tie the final AFC Wild Card spot, and will be hungry for a win.
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That is reflected in Tennessee being listed as sports betting favorites for this game, as even though the Titans have lost two of their last three, they can still technically finish with the same record as the Cincinnati Bengals. Tennessee’s offense exploded last week with the tandem of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and tight end Jared Cook leading the way, as the two hooked up for 169 of Hasselbeck’s 350 passing yards and his only touchdown, which set a new single-game franchise-record for tight ends.
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After losing both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart, the Texans might not want to risk allowing rookie TJ Yates to get too roughed up, and with Johnson almost assuredly out of this game, Yates won’t even have his top receiver anyway. Houston has found ways to win games regardless of who is under center thanks in big part due to the running back tandem of Arian Foster and Ben Tate, which has spearheaded the league’s second-ranked rushing attack. The defense has been tremendous as well under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, and ranks in the top-five against both the run and pass.
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The rushing attack and defense should be enough for the Texans to at least keep this game close at home in their final tune up before the postseason. Tennessee may have more to play for, but in this case, they are simply not the better team, and will have a tough time covering listed as the sportsbook favorites.Bet Titans Texans Pick: Houston Texans