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Titans Thinking Upset As They Visit AFC South Rival Texans On Sunday

Posted by Stan Simmons on 9/11/2013 7:39:13 PM

The Houston Texans trailed after each of the first three quarters of their Monday Night Football match up at the San Diego Chargers in week one before pulling it out a close win by outscoring them 17-0 in the fourth quarter. It might not have been the start they wanted, but a win is a win and now the Texans are back home looking to build on the online sports betting victory. Next up, a date with a Tennessee Titans’ team that is on the road for the second week in a row after knocking off the Pittsburgh Steelers week one. Tennessee did just enough to get the job done against an overrated Steelers’ team in their stadium, but this will be a much tougher test on the road against an AFC South rival.

Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Sunday September 15, 2013 – 1:00 PM ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
NFL Sportsbook Line: Houston – 9

The Titans can prove they are for real with a win at Houston, but it certainly won’t be easy after they lost both meetings against the Texans last year. Jake Locker and company will have to do better than the 229 total yards they put up against Pittsburgh, while the defense must step up once again.

NFL Betting Preview: Tennessee Titans

The Titans’ defense held the Steelers to just 195 total yards, sacking Ben Roethlisberger five times and forcing a pair of turnovers in the win. Those are excellent numbers to take from week one, but the Texans have a much more complete offense and this will be the much tougher test. The offense will really need to pick it up with Locker in particular on the hot seat after throwing for just 125 yards in week one. Chris Johnson ran for 70 yards on 25 carries, and he isn’t going to get much more room to operate against Houston.

NFL Betting Preview: Houston Texans

The Texans’ defense struggled early on against the pass in particular, but stepped up with the game on the line and shut things down as Houston outscored San Diego 24-0 to close out the game. Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips will likely dial up even more pressure up front in week two, as the defense looks to be even more aggressive early on. Matt Schaub struggled early on against San Diego, only to break out in the second half and lead the fourth-quarter comeback to finish with 346 passing yards and three touchdowns. The running back tandem of Arian Foster and Ben Tate will continue to split touches in the backfield, but Schaub could play a bigger role as the Texans continue to work on improving their vertical attack.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Houston proved in the second half of its week-one online betting win that it is still a legitimate contender in the AFC, but there is work to be done and it won’t get any easier against a division rival looking to score a big upset win. The Titans may not be ready to take down the Texans in their own building, but they should at least be able to keep this game within reach down to the wire.

NFL Betting Pick: Tennessee Titans +9


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