The Titans are one boneheaded coaching decision by Detroit Lions head man Jim Schwartz away from possibly starting the season 0-3. His choice to not tie the game last week in overtime with a short field goal shocked all, and might have even sent the Lions' season packing.
Instead, it leaves the only bright spot on Tennessee’s season so far.
Tennessee's defense ranks 31st in yards (477.3) and last in points (37.7) given up per game this season. Its offense isn't much better behind the worst rushing attack in all of football.
The Texans, on the other and, are arguably the best team in the NFL right now. Everything is working on all cylinders and health finally doesn't seem to be a concern, although that could change at any point for this team.
If Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster can stay off the trainer's table, Houston might find itself sitting atop the AFC at season's end.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday's matchup:
Chris Johnson Again Fails to Surpass 50 Rushing Yards
Has there been a harder fall from grace in recent memory than what Chris Johnson is in the midst of right now? Sure players hit the skids, but Johnson was on the fast track to super-stardom after rushing for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns back in 2009.
Johnson has since seen his production hit a sharp decline and is on pace for a measly 240 yards this season. It’s hard to believe that will end up being his total, but it’s also hard to imagine he finds much success this year either.
The Titans are a bad team with a bad offensive line—not a good combination for a running back trying to find his way again in this league.
The fact that the Texans come in having given up only 67.7 rushing yards per game and zero touchdowns to the opposition doesn’t bode well for Johnson either. Look for another subpar performance this week.
Houston Tallies 500 Yards of Total Offense in Blowout Win
The Texans are one of three undefeated teams remaining in the NFL (Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals). They are seventh in the league in total offense at 394.7 yards per game, fifth in the league in scoring at 29.3 points and feature the league’s second best defense, yielding only 255.7 yards while letting their opponents score a mere 14 points per game (good for third in the league).
Even if the Titans’ statistics were left out (listed above), this game points to a lopsided result in Houston’s favor. But since previous results are what matchups are based on, this game could get ugly fast.
Tennessee will certainly not be able to contain Houston’s offensive attack, nor will its offense be able keep up against the Texans’ defense.
Lots of short drives by Jake Locker and Co. will give plenty of opportunities for Schaub, Johnson and Foster to rack up serious yardage in this one.