By Maximillian C. Burgos | Staff Writer
The Tennessee Titans have a real shot at making it to the playoffs this year. The Houston Texans, on the other hand, will be packing their bags and heading home unless a miracle happens and they win out, which still wouldn’t guarantee anything for them.
The Texans have absolutely been decimated by injuries this year. Star defensive lineman J.J. Watt went down early in the season, hurting the defense’s morale and ability to get to the quarterback.
Up-and-coming star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is another impact player that is down for the season for the Texans. He gave the Texans’ offense a much-needed spark when he played. His playing making ability alone made the Texans a better team overall.
With all the injuries to star players for the Texans, it’ll be hard to pull a game out against the Titans who are currently in first place in their division.
The Titans will also be looking for revenge in this game. These two teams played in week four of the season and the Texans absolutely slaughtered Tennessee 51-17. In that game, Watson stood out, completing 25 out of 34 passes for 283 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.
The Texans will be without Watson this time around. Wide receiver Will Fuller IV will also not be playing on Sunday, taking away a great deep threat target for backup quarterback Tom Savage.
The Titans offense has been a mess this season, to say the least. Quarterback Marcus Mariota hasn’t exactly performed to peak potential. It could be in part to the fact, early on he was dealing with injuries and a bad offensive line. But, whatever the case is, the Titans have struggled offensively.
The Titans have been able to rush the ball with moderate and varying degrees of success. Both DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry have carried the ball for more than 500 yards this season and have scored multiple rushing touchdowns. Murray is questionable for Sunday’s game though.
The Texans defense is always formidable, but with some impact players down, the Titans might have a real shot to win. The ESPN matchup predictor gives the Titans a 59.1% chance of winning.
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