Texans Titans Betting – Texans Get Behind Foster, Win On The Road In Tennessee
Online betting players will be treated to a rivalry game this weekend when the Houston Texans head to Tennessee, and if you watched the first game, you know these two teams have no love for each other. But when cooler heads prevail, you’ll find that the Tennessee Titans won’t be able to stop the high-powered Houston attack, especially on the ground.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, December 19th, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: LP Field, Nashville, TN
- Pick: Houston Texans
What’s On The Line
The Texans (5-8) fought all the way back from a 21-point deficit to force overtime against the Baltimore Ravens, only to fall 34-28 at home on Monday night, while the Titans (5-8) continued their slide with a 30-28 loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts last Thursday night. Both AFC South teams are struggling badly, as Houston has dropped six of their last seven, while Tennessee has lost six in a row. The season is likely over for both, so pride is a factor here, and both coaches may even be trying to save their jobs at this point. Also, will we get Andre Johnson vs. Cortland Finnegan, Round 2 after the two went at it in the first meeting of the season?
Offensive Matchups: Texans Titans Betting
Houston is sixth in the league offensively, and they struggled badly against the Ravens in the first half, but they bounced back nicely in the second half. Matt Schaub threw for 393 yards and three scores, but he was also picked off twice, including one in overtime that was taken back for the game-winning touchdown. Still, the Texans can hurt you either way, through the air with Schaub, Johnson and Owen Daniels now that the tight end is back in the lineup, or on the ground through Arian Foster, who ran for 100 yards and leads the NFL in rushing yards.
Tennessee also got off to a slow start against the Colts, and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to make the game closer than it was. Chris Johnson ran for 111 yards and a score, along with 68 yards on eight catches, while Kerry Collins passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns for the Titans, although that was against a suspect Indianapolis secondary. The Randy Moss experiment is probably over as they didn’t even target him last week, and they could really use him against a leaky Houston secondary.
Betting Edge: Texans
Defensive Matchups: Texans Titans Betting
The Texans are, by far, the worst in the league against the pass, and they don’t get enough picks to validate giving up that many yards. The duo of Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason lit up the Texans, and Mason would have had a third touchdown catch if he didn’t drop a deep bomb early in the game. There are a few reasons why Houston’s pass defense is terrible: there is no pass rush outside of Mario Williams, and Brian Cushing hasn’t looked all that great after missing the first four games of the year through suspension, not to mention, he’s had to cover for the injured DeMeco Ryans. These problems aren’t helped by a secondary that is just plain bad.
Tennessee’s defense was picked apart by Peyton Manning and the Colts, who had been struggling, and the Titans also gave the Colts two first downs because of penalties. The Titans haven’t been as solid defensively as in previous years, and you can’t help but think the offensive problems have trickled over to this side of the ball. In the first meeting against the Texans, Houston ran for 188 yards on the Titans, and that’s the key to any success Tennessee will have in this game. Also, Finnegan will try to get into Johnson’s head again, trying to get the elite receiver kicked out of the game like he was in the first meeting.
Betting Edge: Draw
Notable Injuries: Texans Titans Betting
Williams (groin) looked like he was limping against the Ravens, so that is something that NFL betting players will have to monitor over the week.
Defensive linemen Sen’Derrick Marks (ankle) and Dave Ball (hip), along with cornerback Ryan Mouton (hamstring) all missed the Indy game for the Titans.
Betting Edge: Texans
Outlook and Pick: Texans Titans Betting
There is no NFL betting line out for this game yet as the Texans just played on Monday night, but Tennessee will likely be a slight favorite at home, where they are 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five meetings with the Texans, who are 2-5 ATS away from home this season. The Titans would like to avenge a 20-0 loss in Houston in Week 12 that will be remembered more for the fight between Johnson and Finnegan, and it’s doubtful we’ll see another bout between the two. We’re going with Houston to take the season sweep, though, we don’t have any faith in Collins to have two decent games in a row, and the Tennessee defense won’t be able to stop Houston’s offense, namely, Foster. He’ll allow Houston to grind down the Titans en route to a win in your sports betting book.
Stan’s Pick: Houston Texans