Tennessee (8-7 SU, 7-7-1 ATS) was 2-4 after their first six games and their offense was floundering badly with Marcus Mariota at quarterback. At that point they made the decision to bench Mariota and start Ryan Tannehill, who they had acquired in an off-season trade with the Maimi Dolphins. Tannehil has flourished leading the Titans to a 6-3 record in their last nine games. With a victory over Houston today they would clinch a Wild Card berth in the playoffs.
Tannehill threw three touchdown passes last week agains the New Orleans Saints. It was the third consecutive week has has thrown for three touchdowns. Tannehill said “This team wants to win and we definitely want to get into the postseason….The onus is on us to go out and play well”.
Houston (10-5 SU, 7-7-1 ATS) beat the Titans 24-21 two weeks ago in Tennessee. The Texans can clinch the number three seed in the AFC with a victory over the Titans and a loss by Kansas City.
QB Deshaun Watson is coming off a poor performance against Tampa Bay last week when he threw for only 184 yards with one interception in the 23-20 win over the Bucs,
For the fifteenth consecutive time this season WR DeAndre Hopkins had 5 or more receptions, last week against Tampa Bay, tying Michael Thomas of New Orleans as the only two wide receivers to accomplish that feat this season.
After missing the last two months with a torn pectoral muscle J.J. Watt returned to practice this week and is hopeful to be able to play against the Titans.
Houston opened at -1 with a total of 49.