Sports Minute: Titans need to avoid letdown hosting Texans in AFC South
HOUSTON (1-4) at TENNESSEE (4-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE - Titans by 5 ½
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Texans 1-4; Titans 1-3
SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 19-17
LAST MEETING - Titans beat Texans 35-14 on Dec. 29, 2019 in Houston
LAST WEEK - Texans beat Jaguars 30-14; Titans beat Bills 42-16
AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 25, Titans No. 6
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (30), PASS (9).
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (31), PASS (8).
TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (9), PASS (17).
TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (27), PASS (23).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Romeo Crennel took over as Houston's interim coach after Bill O’Brien was fired last week and won his debut on Sunday to become the first coach in NFL history to win two debuts as an interim coach. ... Texans QB Deshaun Watson threw a season-high three touchdown passes last week. He has thrown for 10 TDs and run for two more in four career games against the Titans. ... RB David Johnson ran for a season-high 96 yards against Jacksonville. ... WR Will Fuller had a touchdown catch last week and has had one in two of his last three games against the Titans. ... WR Brandin Cooks had eight receptions for a season-high 161 yards vs. Jaguars. He’s had 18 receptions for 415 yards and four touchdowns in his last three games against the AFC South. ... The Texans got their first takeaways this season last week on two fumbles. They are the only team in the NFL without an interception. ... DE J.J. Watt recovered a Jaguars fumble and has forced a fumble in seven of his last eight games against the Titans. ... DE Jacob Martin had a sack and forced a fumble last week. ... LB Whitney Mercilus recovered a fumble vs. Jacksonville and has a sack in his last two games. ... LB Zach Cunningham had two tackles for losses and a sack last week and is tied for first in the NFL with 53 tackles. ... Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill threw three TD passes without an interception last week for his ninth game with two or more touchdown passes and no interceptions since 2019. ... WR A.J. Brown had 82 yards receiving and his first TD of the season on Tuesday. He has had more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in his last two games against the Texans. ... TE Jonnu Smith has five touchdown receptions combined in his last three home games. ... CB Malcolm Butler had seven tackles, a tackle for a loss and two interceptions in Week 5. ... CB Johnathan Joseph has defended a pass in three straight games. Joseph defended 118 passes and had 17 interceptions in nine seasons with Houston. ... LB Harold Landry had his first sack of the season Tuesday. ... DE Jadeveon Clowney defended a season-high two passes in Week 5. The Texans selected Clowney with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft and he had 29 sacks and forced five fumbles in five seasons with the team. ... Fantasy tip: Titans RB Derrick Henry ranks third in the NFL with 376 yards rushing and ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the last meeting with Houston.
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