The Tennessee Titans appear to be badly overmatched in Week 2 when they head to Houston to face the Texans, though both teams came away with a win in Week 1.
Houston nearly fell to San Diego on Monday Night Football but pulled off a brilliant comeback to log one into the win column.
Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes in two-plus quarters as the Chargers took a 21-point lead. But Matt Schaub and his offense woke up midway through the third quarter to score 24 unanswered points, winning the game by three.
Meanwhile, Tennessee knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers—a team that has historically been a playoff contender but which missed postseason play in 2012 with an 8-8 record and now looks ready to fall apart at the seams in 2013.
Jake Locker didn't look good, but he didn't turn the ball over either. He'll need to continue taking care of the football on Sunday against the Texans, or this upcoming contest will turn into a blowout.
Here's a look at where and when you can catch the action.
When: Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Bovada)
- Over/Under: 43 pts.
- Spread: Houston (-9)
Titans Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Brett Kern||P||left Calf||Probable|
Texans Injury Report (via NFL.com)
Can Chris Johnson Carry the Titans On His Back?
The Titans drafted Jake Locker with the hope that he'd lead the offense into a bright new future as the team's franchise quarterback. The results to this point have been disappointing, as Locker's accuracy issues from college have carried over into the NFL (shocking, right?).
He completed just 11 out of 20 passes against the Steelers for 125 yards and only converted six first downs through the air.
Thankfully, Pittsburgh's offense was so atrocious that the Titans won, but Tennessee's offense as a whole was abysmal. Chris Johnson only rushed for 2.8 yards a carry, totaling 70 yards on 25 carries. That kind of production won't get it done this week against the Texans.
This is a week the Titans need Johnson to rush for 200 yards and at least a couple of touchdowns to have any chance of winning the game.
Houston looked like a sleeping giant for the first two-and-a-half quarters on Monday night against the Chargers. Once this giant awoke from its slumber, there was no way of stopping it from imposing its will on the field.
Tennessee needs to play a perfect game and hope for a bit of extra luck to come away with this road win.
It's not going to happen, though.
The Texans have too much talent in all three phases of the game to lose at home to the Titans this week.
Texans win 35-20
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