When the Texans hung 57 points on the Titans earlier in the season, I couldn’t wait for the alleged “revenge game” in Nashville. The Titans would come out firing on all cylinders, with their fans all rowdy - only to get gutter-stomped yet again by Deshaun Watson’s division-leading Texans on their way to coasting to another AFC-South title.
Welp. Things haven’t quite worked out that way, have they? Though the Titans aren’t likely to return the favor by giving Houston a proper bludgeoning, they are clearly and rightfully favored to win. Let’s see how the BRB staff sees this one going...
Tim: Titans 20, Texans 17.
I'm quite tempted to pick the upset here. I don't think the Titans are very good, and it's not unreasonable to envision the Texans' defense contributing a touchdown to the effort.
I simply can't get past Tom Savage's penchant for turning the ball over. Call it a Tennessee win on a field goal in the last minute or two of the fourth quarter.
Diehard Chris: Texans 19, Titans 16.
The Texans are bad, but the defense is still solid. The Titans are bad, poorly-coached on offense, yet have a good record. Though I have little confidence in Tom Savage behind an offensive line that will be WORSE this week due to injury, I think he can work that HORRIBLE Tennessee secondary enough to sponsor the All Field Goal Offense, coupled with a defensive score, to push Houston to a win.
Also, it’s the Titans. It’s basically the last game of the season that I can really get myself excited about - just purely for my hatred of that team.
BFmf’nD: BE-SFs 20, Texans 13.
While this is a relatively good match-up for us, I still think Tom Savage's play does the team in. Again. Ad nauseum.
On defense, with Mike Mularkey's befuddling decision to continue to start and feed DeMarco Murray is a good thing for the Texans. Marcus Mariota has not been good this year, and his young WRs are still learning.
On offense, the BE-SFs of Methoptamia are 25th in DVOA, and that secondary is downright flammable.
Then again, we're starting Tom Savage, the guy who was picked to start the first game of the year.
Titan Matt Weston: Texans 20, Titans 13.
The Texans take down the Titans. That's right. You heard me. Houston is one of the better run defenses in the NFL. They are going to put exotic methmouth into the dentist's chair, rub some paste on its gums, yank some stalactites out, and scrub away. Tennessee has to throw the ball deep against Houston to win, something they have struggled to do all season. If Houston's defense can prevent getting beat deep, they'll shut the Titans down.
From there, it's going to be a lot of DeAndre Hopkins. He's been great against Tennessee over the course of his career, and I think Tom Savage (or T.J. Yates, because Savage may die with Kendall Lamm playing left tackle) can get him the ball enough times to eke out enough points.
TITAN UP, baby.
Mike Bullock: Texans 24, Titans 20.
The Texans in their current state are a good football team crippled by adversity. The Titans in their current state are an imitation of a good team. Broken contenders beat fake pretenders. H-Town FTW!
UprootedTexan: Texans 23, Traitors 20.
I think the Texans all rally around the cause of smacking Mariota's mustache off of his face just enough to get the win.
Brett Kollmann: Titans 20, Texans 16.
Marcus Mariota has struggled as of late, but Tom Savage is just barely the second worst quarterback that I have seen play in Houston during the Bill O’Brien era, and that’s REALLY saying something. Games are won and lost under center, and I trust the Titans’ QB a lot more than I trust ours. Yuck...
Kenneth L.: Texans 24, The Backwood Boys 18.
The Titans have feasted on some pretty terrible opponents. Mariota is in dangerous territory, having thrown more picks than touchdowns. The Texans held Murray and Henry to 38 yards rushing last game. If the Texans can limit Rishard Matthews down the field, I think they can win this one.
What are your thoughts, BRB? Do you see Houston scratching out a win against their rival? Or will Tennessee avenge their destruction at NRG earlier in the season?
Please use the comments section to give us your game predictions. Though it’s hard to get excited about the Texans right now - come on - it’s the Titans! Hatred knows no record! Hatred cares not for injured superstars! Hatred cares not who the quarterback is! These people think Warren Moon and Earl Campbell are part of their history - to which I say - NAY!