Tennessee at Houston 11-23-09

November 23, 2009


While the Houston Texans emerge from their bye week firmly in the hunt for the first playoff berth in franchise history, their next opponent is already relishing its role as a spoiler. The Texans will be the latest team to attempt to slow down the NFL’s leading rusher, but Chris Johnson hopes to carry the Tennessee Titans to a fourth straight victory in Monday night’s AFC South matchup.An improved defense and a prolific passing game led by Matt Schaub have helped Houston (5-4) to a winning record through nine games for the first time in its eight seasons.

The Titans have looked like a totally different team since the insertion of starting QB Vince Young two weeks ago against Jacksonville. Not only did Young end Tennessee’s six-game losing streak, but he has won three straight, all by a TD or more. It’s not that Young has been picking apart his opponents, just 2 TD passes and 1 INT, it’s that he hasn’t done anything to hamper the team’s chances of winning. In Kerry Collins’ last three starts, he threw 4 INTs and just 1 TD, which isn’t going to win games for anyone. This week will be a tougher test for Young since it’s against a division rival and a team that might be in the Wild Card race late in the season. Houston had its three-game winning streak snapped by the Colts two weeks ago and now is coming off a bye week so the team will be well rested. QB Matt Schaub has been solid so far this season, 17 TDs and 9 INTs, but his 2 INTs might have cost them a chance to give Indianapolis its first loss of the season. Well that and the fact that Kris Brown missed a 42-yard field goal which would have sent them into OT. The Titans may have been playing better as of late, but they are no Indianapolis.

The Titans are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against Houston. They are 6-2 to the OVER in their last eight games. Tennessee is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games after two or more consecutive wins. The Texans are 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the AFC. They are 6-1 to the OVER in their last seven games against Tennessee. Houston is 6-3 ATS in its last nine games in November.  Take the home team to cover and win.

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