Titans vs. Texans: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time and More
How good are the Houston Texans? I don't think anyone really knows the answer to that just yet, but the team keeps winning.
Most recently they knocked off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Denver. Although the Texans have a more talented roster, beating the Broncos at Invesco Field is no easy task. As it stands, they are the only undefeated team remaining in the AFC.
Despite taking a nasty and illegal hit from Joe Mays, Matt Schaub threw four touchdown passes in the win. Below you can see the hit and the third of Schaub's four touchdown throws.
The Texans will host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Titans won a wild overtime game that featured a Hail Mary pass, a redo of the Music City Miracle and a spectacular grab by Nate Washington. When the smoke cleared the Titans took a 44-41 decision from the Detroit Lions.
Check out Washington's grab here:
The Titans are now just 1-2, so things are far from ideal on their side. They will need a special effort if they hope to come out of Houston with a win. Here are the specifics on this AFC South matchup:
When: September 30, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas
Live Stream: Directv Sunday Ticket (Pay Service)
Radio: KILT-FM (100.3 FM) in Houston, 104.5 WGFX-FM in Nashville, Tenn.
Spread: Texans (-12) per OddsShark.com
No injuries have been reported for either team at this point. Despite the shot Schaub took that caused him to lose part of his ear, there has been no talk of him missing a game.
He only missed one play after the hit on Sunday.
Per the Texans official Twitter feed, Jonathan Joseph did not practice on Wednesday. Stay tuned for more information on his availability.
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
Arian Foster should be an automatic start every week, and that point should be stressed facing the Titans—Tennessee is giving up 150 yards per game on the ground.
In 2011, Foster only played in one of the two meetings with the Titans. In that game he ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He is a good bet to shine in this one.
Many fantasy owners—including myself—are waiting on the week Chris Johnson blows up. If it doesn't happen soon, you and I may have to drop him. I think we'll be waiting at least one more week. He's struggling and the Texans have been stuffing the run.
They are allowing just 67.7 yards per game on the ground. You should sit CJ this week.
Andre Johnson will have to be the Titans' top priority in the passing game. The Texans' star receiver will probably see double teams throughout the day. That should open the field for Kevin Walters.
He had a touchdown catch vs. the Broncos on Sunday. Walters has eight grabs for 123 yards on the season, and he's my fantasy sleeper.
What's At Stake
The Texans have dashed to a 3-0 record to start the season. Having already defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, nothing would look better than a 4-0 start highlighted by a division record of 2-0.
The Titans can't afford to slip to 1-3. The Texans are threatening to run away with the division. If the Titans lose, they will be a full three games behind the Texans in the division. That would be a near insurmountable deficit.
Tennessee needs this win badly.
What They're Saying
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak isn't providing the Titans any bulletin board material. The Texans Twitter feed quotes him acknowledging the Titans' rough early schedule, and the team's respect for CJ.
Kubiak: Titans might have played toughest schedule in all of football thusfar. We have tremendous respect for RB Chris Johnson.— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 26, 2012
This is the professional way to approach any game, but especially one against a divisional rival. That said, the Titans early schedule hasn't been easy, but they were blown out in the first two weeks of the season by the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers.
That would imply that they aren't close to those teams. Playing against an overrated Lions team they barely won a wild game at home. Whether he admits it or not, Kubiak knows his team is superior. As for CJ, his offensive line has to be as shaky as his confidence right now.
It has been seven weeks since his last 100-yard game.
Jake Locker was also very complimentary of the man who could be driving him to the turf on Sunday. Here is what he said about Texans defensive end J.J, Watt, via the Texans Twitter feed:
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Titans QB Locker on DE @jjwatt:He's played so well, has a physical presense on the inside. He's become a game changer.— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 26, 2012
Watt has become one of the more dominating and disruptive forces in the NFL. He picked up where he left off late last year and in the playoffs. He has 5.5 sacks through three games and three tackles for a loss.
Texans Player To Watch: Arian Foster
There is almost no way the Titans can win this game if the Texans run the ball effectively. Since 2011, the Texans are 8-3 when Foster goes over 100 yards, and they are 3-0 in games where he scores two or more times on the ground.
The team has other weapons, but stopping Foster must be the Titans' top priority.
Titans Player To Watch: Chris Johnson
To say CJ is struggling is an understatement. His season-high for rushing yards is 24, and he's averaging a woeful 1.7 yards per carry.
If the Titans are to have a shot at upsetting the Texans they will need their star running back in his 2009 or 2010 form.
Key Matchup: Texans Defensive Line vs. Titans Offensive Line
The Titans O-Line must get a push to create opportunities for the running game. If CJ sees the limited amounts of daylight he's seen thus far, it'll be a long Sunday afternoon for the Titans.
Matching up against Watt in pass protection will be no picnic. They must keep their young quarterback upright as often as possible. The Titans can't win this game without a solid performance from their O-Line.
On the Hot Seat: Johnson
I could have gone with Titans head coach Mike Munchak, but he has a young quarterback and the team's best receiver Kenny Britt missed the first game of the season, and he was slowly incorporated into the attack in Week 2.
He did have six receptions Sunday, so that should help the offense even more. That leaves CJ as the primary playmaker the Titans need to shine. He has struggled the most, and he is also the highest paid.
How long will it be before Munchak starts to feel like his fantasy owners?
Too many stars have to align for the Titans to win this game. The Texans are a better football team, and they are at home. Nothing is an exact science in football, but Houston should win this game 20-3.
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