Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Rosharon, TX
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans. 1/1. Noon. CBS. **Official GameDay Thread**
LETS GET TO 11-5, baby!!!!
The Tennessee Titans enter their season finale needing a victory and plenty of help to reach the postseason.
The AFC South champion Houston Texans hope they won’t be carrying a three-game losing streak into their first playoff appearance.
Tennessee visits slumping Houston on Sunday hoping to set up a rematch in the wild-card round the following week, though the Titans will have to contend with Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson.
The Titans (8-7) avoided a third straight loss with a 23-17 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday, staying in the hunt for their first trip to the playoffs since 2008.
One thing helping the Titans is that the Texans seem to be only a shell of the team that routed Tennessee 41-7 on Oct. 23.
Houston got 234 total yards and three touchdowns in that contest from running back Arian Foster, who was named to his second straight Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
That victory began a club-record seven-game winning streak for the Texans (10-5), though they’ve lost two straight since clinching their first division title with a 20-19 win at Cincinnati on Dec. 18.
Houston allowed a touchdown pass with 19 seconds remaining in a 19-16 loss Dec. 22 to lowly Indianapolis despite 158 yards and a touchdown rushing from Foster.
Houston received the news Friday that Johnson will make his return for this game, though he’ll be on a play count. Johnson has played only six games this season after missing six in a row with a right hamstring injury that required surgery.
What I want to see
Come out throwing!
I always preached this with Schaub around. I scaled back on that when he went down, and even more with T.J. at the helm. No more. Come out, let the Tacks know that you mean business. Get Andre involved early, find Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen in the match-ups you want vs. their LBs, and hit Arian out of the backfield for some screens. We know we can run on these guys, so lets make them pay for stacking the box.
Like the last time, stuff CJ2k
Last time we saw Chris Johnson, he was a non-factor. Cush, OTN, Watt, and Meco were key in doing that. This time around, he's on a gimpy ankle. That said, he's still capable of doing some things vs. any defense. Let's make him wish he never walked into Reliant Stadium and hit him hard, early and often.
Contain Jared Cook.
This will be something we didn't see last time. Cook is starting to become a serious go-to-guy for the Titans and QB Matt Hasselbeck. Glover Quin needs to do some of his best defending vs. another dynamic TE. He's done OK in these situations, so a key in this game is to contain Mr. Cook and not let him get the huge plays he got vs. Jacksonville.
Momentum, Momentum, Momentum.
To sort of calm the "one and done" talk, the Texans need to build some of that. Force some turnovers, execute in all 3 phases, and of course capitalize on opportunities in the red zone when you have them. Field goals are nice when you are up 17, so let's make all possessions count!
I guess this is where I say.....