Andre Johnson Injury: Tennessee Titans Will Take over AFC South

Luis BatlleContributor IOctober 9, 2011

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans is seen by team doctors after he pulled his hamstring against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Johnson left the game becasue of the injury. Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

The most recent injury update from CBS Sports on Houston Texans wide receiver, Andre Johnson, has the Pro-Bowl talent missing the next two weeks of action after needing to undergo a "minor procedure to repair a right hamstring injury."

More than anything, this means big things for the Tennessee Titans going forward, as both are tied for the AFC South lead at 3-1.

Who would have thought the Titans would be off to a winning start with running back Chris Johnson running for just 199 yards through four weeks. The Titans, led by veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, have won three of the first four games of the season when people around the league, fans and analysts least expected it.

Hasselbeck has thrown for 1,152 yards and eight passing touchdowns on the season, and his eight touchdowns rank sixth and 1,152 yards eighth in the league.

Much has to be said of this tough, explosive defense as well, as the Titans rank in the top 10 in both rushing and passing defense. The team allows just 212 passing yards and 87.8 yards per game on the ground.

What makes the run defense all the more impressive? The Titans have gone up against the likes of Peyton Hillis, Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Talk about three running backs who easily are top 12 running backs in the league.

The Titans now go up against a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers team in Week 5 before heading into a Week 6 bye-week. If the Titans are able to dominate a sub-par offense in Pittsburgh with their defensive talent, expect the Titans to be looking at a 4-1 record going into Week 7.

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans calls out a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Reliant Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 17-10. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Bob Levey/Getty Images

As for the Texans, no Johnson means a world of issues for the team. With much of quarterback Matt Schaub's game depending of the production of Andre Johnson, expect the offense to see its fair share of struggles the next two weeks.

This week the Texans go up against the Oakland Raiders, a team that has played dominant football and features an emerging star in Darren McFadden, the league leader in rushing yards with 468 on the season.

Following the Raiders, the Texans travel to Baltimore to take on Ray Rice and the Ravens, as things shouldn't look to be any easier for Houston.

When it's all said and done, Andre Johnson's injury may well mean a two-game skid for Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans, as their passing game is essentially the identity of the team on offense, with Johnson being the centerpiece.

Expect the Texans to drop at least one of the next two games, while the Titans should surely head into the bye-week with at least a one-game cushion in the AFC South.