Preview: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

9/29/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The divisional showdown that has completely shifted gears over the last few seasons is set for Sunday afternoon in Houston, former home of the Titans. The Houston fans make certain to remind the Titans that they have completely lost affinity for the franchise that left them scratching their heads, waiting for another team to fill the void left by the Oilers departure. 

Blog Photo - Preview: Tennessee Titans at Houston TexansBut back to the players, Chris Johnson has struggled more than words can describe, but stats can sum up in about five words. 33 carries, 45 yards, 1.4 YPC. Those are his season numbers through three games. Yikes. On the flip side, Arian Foster has rushed for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns in three games, leading the Texans to their current 3-0 record. 

The Titans have proven their defense needs work. The defensive line can't get consistent pressure, the linebacking core can't plug the run defense and the secondary is flawed on the outside as much as on the inside. They have yet to surrender less than 30 points to an opponent this season, which doesn't bode well for the Titans as they are set to face an explosive Texans offense this weekend. 

The tides have shifted in the AFC South of late as the Colts are transitioning from the Peyton Manning era, the Titans are working to recover from the Vince Young blunder and the Texans are riding the wave of success. If the Titans have any opportunity at turning around their season, Week 4 in Houston is their opportunity. Defense needs to be at a surplus because they won;t always have the success they did against Detroit last week with trick plays and long returns.

Andre Johnson will have a big day (barring injury) as the secondary will be unable to cover him one-on-one over the course of the game. Also, Courtland Finnegan, Johnson's nemesis from the past, is no longer in a Titans uniform, so the assignment will most likely shift to Jason McCourty who is undersized, but gritty. 

Prediction: Texans 34, Titans 20
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