When Houston Has the Ball
The Texans may get back star wide receiver Andre Johnson this week in a move that would be enormous for the Houston offense. With Johnson on the field, defenses must respect the deep ball and assign two defenders to the receiver. Without Johnson, defenses have been walking extra men into the box and keying on the run game.
Houston needs a better game from the running backs this week to squeeze out a division win. The Tennessee Titans are No. 10 in the league against the run, but the Texans have the best offensive line in the game. Needless to say, the battle in the trenches will be epic this weekend.
The Titans have played very good defense this season, but their weakness is rushing the passer. Tennessee has just 11 sacks this season. If the Titans can't pressure Schaub, they'll lose this game.
When Tennessee Has the Ball
Remember when Chris Johnson was the best running back in football? During the 2011 season Johnson barely gets mention when talking about what the Titans need to do on offense.
Johnson has been a letdown, but Matt Hasselbeck hasn't been. Hasselbeck has been brilliant, getting the ball to Kenny Britt and Nate Washington and putting up enough points to take Tennessee to three wins. Hasselbeck will face a tough defense this weekend when Houston comes to town, even without Mario Williams at linebacker.
Houston's secondary is much improved from its 2010 unit. Hasselbeck will face constant pressure and heavy coverage all day.
Prediction: Houston 27, Tennessee 21