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Titans visit Houston looking for 5th straight win overall

TENNESSEE (4-2) at HOUSTON (1-4-1)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS

APPLICATION: Titans by 2, according to .

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Titans 4-2, Texans 3-2-1.

SERIES RECORD: Titans lead 22-18.

LAST MEETING: The Titans beat the Texans 28-25 on Jan. 9, 2022 in Houston.

LAST WEEK: Titans beat Colts 19-10; The Texans lost 38-20 at Raiders.

TITAN’S OPEN: OVERALL (31), RUSH (20), PASS (29), SCORING (21).

TITANS DEFENSE: OVERALL (26), RUSH (4), PASS (31), SCORING (T17).

TEXANS OFFENSE: OVERALL (25), RUSH (24), PASS (25), SCORING (T25).

TEXANS DEFENSE: OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (21), SCORING (20).

REVENUE DIFFERENTIAL: Titans plus-3; Texans plus-2.

FEATURE TITANS PLAYER: Derrick Henry. The two-time NFL rushing champion has the third-best rushing average against a single division since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger at backs with at least 20 games. Henry is averaging 99 yards per game against the AFC South, trailing only Barry Sanders, who averaged 104.7 yards per game at NFC Central. Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of his last 10 league games.

TEXAN PLAYER WATCHED: RB Dameon Pierce. Not only does he lead all rookies in 504 rushing yards, that puts him fifth in the NFL. He had 117 yards from scrimmage last week, his fourth straight game topping at least 100 yards.

KEY MATCHUP: Henry again. The Titans running back has rushed for at least 100 yards in three straight games this season and hit his season-high 128 yards last week. The Texans are bottom in the NFL, allowing 164.7 rushing yards per game.

KEY INJURIES: Texan WR Nico Collins was out of practice Wednesday and is likely to miss the game with a groin injury. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill needed a hiking boot to leave the stadium after beating the Colts. He didn’t practice on Wednesday, but he hasn’t missed a start since becoming a starter in mid-October 2019. Titans ILB Zach Cunningham, who Houston missed last December, is back in training after missing three games with an injured elbow. OLB Bud Dupree, who has just returned from an injured hip, is now struggling with a sore hamstring.

SERIES Game Notes

These teams split last season, with each winning away. The Titans are seeking their fourth straight win in Houston and their fifth straight win within the AFC South. The Titans earned a wildcard berth in the 2019 Regular Season Finals, their first AFC South title since 2008 in the 2020 Regular Season Finals, and a 2,027-yard rushing season for Henry and the AFC No. 1 with their win Concluding the 2021 regular season. …These teams are 10-10 at NRG Stadium. … The Texans replaced the Titans in Houston in 2002 after Bud Adams moved his then-Oilers to Tennessee in 1997.

Stats and stuff: The Titans have won four straight games. Another win would mark a third straight season with at least a five-game winning streak. … Tennessee’s .857 win ratio with a 12-2 record in the AFC South since 2020 is the best in the NFL, and the Titans have had a .692 win ratio in the division since Mike Vrabel was hired as coach for the 2018 season. … Titans QB Ryan Tannehill has gone three straight games without an interception. … The Titans used 20 different starters on defense. … The Titans allow an NFL-stingiest conversion of 27.8% on third downs. … Titans rookie P Ryan Stonehouse leads the NFL with a punting average of 54.9 yards. … Texans QB Davis Mills completed a season-high 302 yards for his fifth game with at least 300 yards pass last week. Mills has had two TD passes in two of his last three games. Mills threw for 301 yards with three TDs and a 128.5 passer rating in the previous game between those teams. … Texan RB Dare Ogunbowale had five catches for a career-high 54 yards last week. … Texan WR Brandin Cooks had received at least seven catches for at least 55 yards in his last two home games. … Texan TE Jordan Akins had a season-high 68 yards to lead the team last week. … Texans DE Rasheem Green had a season-high last week with two tackles for losses and a sack. He’s had at least a half sack in four of five games this season.

FANTASY TIP: Henry. He also has an NFL-record five games with at least 200 yards rushing and at least two TDs, three of which came in each of his last three games against the Texans.

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