The Houston Texans will face the Tennessee Titans for the final time this season in their Week 12 matchup. Let’s take a look at what matters in tonight’s matchup.
Houston Texans (7-3) vs. Tennessee Titans (5-5)
Monday, Nov. 26 @ 7:15 p.m. on ESPN
MyBookie Line: Texans -4
The Texans have now won seven games in a row and are facing division rival Tennessee for the 2nd time this season. These two met the first time this season back in Week 2 with the Titans winning 20-17 in Nashville. The highlight of that game was the Titans’ 66-yard fake punt touchdown to open the scoring and eventually went up 14-0 in the first quarter. The Texans’ defense only gave up two field goals after that, but the offense’ slow start doomed the outcome. The Texans have gone 7-1 since that game and are in 1st place, while the Titans were right behind them after impressive wins at Dallas and hosting New England; they got their doors blown off last week at Indianapolis and desperately need this game to remain in the playoff hunt. Let’s take a look at matchups to watch for and gambling outlook for this Week 12 AFC South clash on Monday Night Football.
WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. CB Adoree Jackson
Last week at Indianapolis Colts’ receiver T.Y. Hilton was across from Jackson for most of the game and Hilton torched him with big plays down the field all day. Hilton finished with 9 catches, 155 yards, and 2 touchdowns. I expect Watson to attack this matchup all game long as Hopkins operates exceptionally well no matter the coverage, but if an undersized receiver like Hilton can exploit Jackson and get separation then Hopkins will be right at home like he always is.
The difference between this football team now and at the beginning of the season is night and day. That Week 2 matchup was a microcosm of all of the early Texans problems: not ready to play, slow start, Watson being indecisive, no red zone touchdowns, and penalties. Since that game, The Texans have come ready to play on offense and have not had to play the catch-up game during their win streak; Deshaun Watson has settled in and been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the football; the offense has been much better in the red zone in getting touchdowns and not field goals; and they are now a middle-of-the-pack team in penalties called against them instead of leading the league. This will be a completely different Texans team from the first time these teams played this season
As of this writing, the line is currently Texans -4 and the over/under is 42. I love the Texans at -4 and the over. The Texans have not played a home game since Week 8 when they put up 42 points on Miami, and I believe they can put up at least 30 points on this team as well, especially after the Titans performance at the Colts. I like the Texans in a 34-17 win.
Two things you can always control in football are effort and attitude and you have to believe Texans’ players will possess both of those. On a nationally televised game, against the team that left Houston for Tennessee, and after the passing of their owner who brought football back to southeast Texas, this team will come out firing. Bob McNair’s legacy will be felt throughout the stadium on Monday night as this unbelievable run continues and the Texans fight for an 8th straight win.
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The Houston Texans off season is here and there’s a lot of work to do to prep this team for 2019. Who are the top free agents that the team should go after? Let’s take a look at the players who would make an impact.
The Houston Texans were one of the NFL’s better success stories this season after starting the season 0-3. J.J. Watt returned as one of the league’s most dominant defensive players, while free agent signee Tyrann Mathieu was a playmaker at the safety position. Third-round pick Justin Reid was one of the league’s best rookies and a starter in the Texans’ secondary for years to come.
DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson maintained their solid connection from last year as the former was named to his second consecutive first team All-Pro. Despite being sacked a league high 62 times, Watson passed for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns as he led the Texans to a 11-5 record and the AFC South division title. Lamar Miller was only 27 yards from his third 1,000+ yard season, despite missing two games because of injuries.
While the offense did put up strong numbers, the offensive line was a liability throughout the season as Watson was constantly under pressure, while Miller and the rest of the Texan running backs had few running lanes. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson was signed to fix those problems but he broke his ankle in the season opener and did not play for the rest of the season. He is a free agent now and so is Kendall Lamm, the man who replaced Henderson on the offensive line.
Julie’n Davenport struggled at left tackle and Martinas Rankin has not shown enough to yet to be a contributor on the offensive line. While Jadeveon Clowney and Mathieu are both free agents who need to be brought back, improving the offensive line is the team’s biggest priority in the off season. The Texans need to address the offensive line in both free agency and the draft as the unit struggled to protect Watson.
In regard to bringing in help via free agency, Daryl Williams missed most of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury but he was a second team All-Pro in 2017 and is the top tackle available.
His value might not as high because of the shoulder injury but Williams is one of the league’s better tackles and the Texans need to get him in free agency to bolster their offensive line. Williams is a mauler that should help create running lanes for Miller, while keeping Watson upright in the pocket. If the Texans are unable to sign him, Ja’Wuan James and Roger Saffold are the next best offensive linemen available in free agency and both players should be targeted by the Texans.
An upgrade in the secondary is also needed as Shareece Wright struggled in coverage, while Kayvon Webster and Aaron Colvin battled to stay healthy. Kareem Jackson had a great year for the Texans but is another Texans’ free agent that has to be re-signed.
The Texans need to address their own free agents first as Clowney, Mathieu and Jackson were all vital parts to the team’s success in 2018.
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