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HOUSTON VS TENNESSEE PREVIEW
By Brad Lorkovic (LORK 88)


Last week was a new record for Houston, the 1st time that weíve ever won back to back home games. Not only that, we destroyed the Jaguars and destroyed the pessimism (for the most part). Now we face the Tennessee Titans, a team at the bottom of our division that shouldnít be underestimated. Bud Adams is out to destroy Houston, so it wouldnít come as a surprise if they made this their big game of the year. At this point, I see it being a game of momentum. Who has more momentum: Houston after Battle Red Day or Tennessee coming off their 1st win and bye week?

Houstonís Running Game vs. Tennesseeís Run D: Again like always, weíve got to be able to run the ball. Lundy came off the bench last week and was able to provide us a much needed spark for our running game that most wouldíve considered dead. Gado and Lundy both need to be able to run the ball consistently. Tennessee has been thrashed in the running game by good rushing teams (LT and Michael Turner combined for 209 yards rushing), so I donít think itís uncalled for to expect 125 from our running game. As for Tennessee, their tacklers and run stoppers are mostly their LBs Bullocks, Thornton, and Sirmon which means 2 things: Their Defensive Line isnít doing their job as well and runners are able to get to the second level. The loss of Haynesworth has left a big hole in the middle so far, and their DEs LaBoy and Vanden Bosch are better served as pass rushers (LaBoy is questionable as well). Overall, I could see it being a decent game against the run as long as our O Line plays possessed like it did last week.

Houstonís Passing Game vs. Tennesseeís Pass D: This has been our best form of offense week in and week out, and I donít see this changing this week. Pac Man has been improving as a CB, but thatís not saying too much after a dismal rookie year. Opposite him is Reynaldo Hill who took advantage of being underestimated last year, but has been playing poorly thus far. At Safety, Chris Hope is back there along with Lamont Thompson. Hope is playing great, being 2nd on the team in tackles and having 2 INTs (against Manning and Bledsoe). Thompson on the other hand is a big question mark. Some of the time he looks solid back there, other times he looks lost. In terms of pass rush, its not what it was last year. Vanden Bosch still gets pressure, but the loss of Haynesworth in the middle isnít the same. With a weaker secondary than weíre used to playing, I can see AJ and Moulds playing a big factor in this game. TEs will also help out as safety valves if Tennessee gets pressure or blitzes too much. Should be an interesting battle, but as long as Carr can stay upright, this will be what separates us in this game.

Tennesseeís Rushing Game vs. Houstonís Run D: This will be the biggest challenge of the game. Starting the season, Tennessee had RB question in terms of who to start, but after their most recent game against Washington, Travis Henry had a career day rushing for 178 yards and separating himself from the pack. In fact, the past 2 games, Tennessee has rushed for over 170 in each of them. This to mean screams out ďshut down the run!Ē We on the other hand still need to play the run better. Mario has been a big help as heís been more effective getting penetration on run plays, but the middle needs to come up big this game. Itís our biggest weakness and Tennessee will look to expose it. Our LBs will have to do a good job of stopping anything from getting past them and need to plug holes fast. If we can shut down Henry to under 100 yards or any long runs, weíll be in good shape.

Tennesseeís Passing Game vs. Houstonís Pass D: Simply put, our pass D is horrible. However, this week I feel we have a real solid chance of doing well against an unproven Vince Young. So far this season, heís had 1 game where his rating over 70. He has decent targets at receiver (Givens and Bennett) and especially at TE (Troupe), but he has had trouble finding them. His completion percentage is under 50 as well. The problem has been making Vince force bad decisions. Whether itís fumbles or bad throws, itís been the biggest downfall of Tennessee this season. On our part, it will require pressure up front and effective blitzes. Mario has been improving steadily in the pass rush as has Ryans, but it will require other like Peek and the DTs to get involved as well. In terms of coverage, Faggins returned and came up with a big play forcing a fumble last week. Robinson has been decent but is still satisfied with his play which isnít what it was his rookie year. Our safeties have been decent in run support, but still struggle with deep passes. If we can get pressure up front and force bad decisions, consider this one game we could come out on top in our weak spot.


Position Battle
QB Advantage: HOUSTON
RB Advantage: TENNESSEE
WR Advantage: HOUSTON
TE Advantage: TENNESSEE
OL Advantage: TENNESSEE
DE Advantage: HOUSTON
DT Advantage: TENNESSEE
LB Advantage: TENNESSEE
CB Advantage: PUSH
S Advantage: TENNESSEE
K/P Advantage: HOUSTON
RET Advantage: PUSH

Key Factors To The Game
1) Force bad decision on behalf of Vince Young. Letís face it, Vince isnít a great passer. Less than 50% completion, more INTs than TDs, I could go on and on. However, you give any QB enough time and even they can find someone open. Therefore, I say we keep Vince confused all day. Zone blitzes, stunts, max cover 2, anything to throw him off we need to do. Just a heads up, heís 0-3 when he turns the ball over twice or more.

2) Run effectively. Oh yes, itís back like Lundyís running game! Last week we had a huge spark from him and had over 125 yards rushing for the first time in it seems like forever. Last week when we ran effectively, we were able to control the clock, have longer drives, and keep our defense off the field. The result? We destroy Jacksonville. Tennessee has been known to give up big running days to RBs so I say we go straight at them to balance out our offense and keep them guessing all game.

3) Travis Johnson, Anthony Weaver Iím calling you out this weekend! We need our play in the middle to be big. Itís been a big hole on defense in terms of pass rush and run stopping. My opinion is that if we can stop them in the middle or at least slow them down, it can allow our other defensive playmakers to do what they do best. If we get a big game from these 2 DTs, I can see it being a good game in our favor.
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Despite some of the Titan trolls claims to the contrary, Carr to Johnson is going to kill the Titans this week. The Titans have one thing going for them and that's the running game. The Texans won't totally stop it, but they will slow it down enough. VY will make a few rookie mistakes and the Texans will capitalize. If the Texans' running game is on, it'll be all the better.

My prediction: Texans 31, Titans 13
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The game against the Traitors, I mean Titans, is still the biggest in my book. I say Houston in a close one, both teams playing for bragging rights into next game this year.
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I believe it'll be the s by 3 or less.
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Despite some of the Titan trolls claims to the contrary, Carr to Johnson is going to kill the Titans this week. The Titans have one thing going for them and that's the running game. The Texans won't totally stop it, but they will slow it down enough. VY will make a few rookie mistakes and the Texans will capitalize. If the Texans' running game is on, it'll be all the better.
Agreed. I honestly think that the Texans will have a 2 TD spread, at least, by the end of this one. I am being as objective as possible and I honestly think that last weeks win is going to give the boys something to shoot for. They will roll in fast (like they have done in almost every game this season) but they won't give it up in the 3rd quarter.

David will hit five different receivers for 200+ yards, 3 TD 1 INT. AJ gets a TD and 90 yards. Lundy has less than 100 yards with TD.

On a limb here but I think Jameel Cook will have a good game with a few receptions and maybe a TD. Dunno why but I think David might try to hit him in the endzone in this game. We'll see....

Texans - 31
Titans - 17

I would love for this to come true. Of course there is a little bit of in those stats but oh well.

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I picked Titans. Vince has something to prove to the Texans.
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Well if the Texans want to go anywhere this season they must beat the Titans. The Titans are coming off an impressive game against the Redskins, but we should beat these guys. The key obviously to stop or slow down Travis Henry imo. You slow down the running game and you force VY to make throws. I'm a VY fan except for the 2 games he plays against us every year.
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Vince Young needs more experience with throwing the ball down the field. He's had some good passes but others were ummmm not great.
I agree with you Nawzer. The way to beat the Titans is to stop the running game.
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Texans by eleventy, mark it down.
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Im gonna go with 31-13 Texans. 3 TD's for Carr, 1 for Lundy. If we stop the running game early and get a lead, we can run away with it.
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I'm going to go with Titans 35, Texans 14.


Last time I did this, the Texans beat the Jags 27-7, so I will do it again for good luck .
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You guys look really optomistic about this game,we beat a jags team that had key losses such as mike peterson and banged up qb,not saying we won that game with luck, just saying were not quite there yet, but Im still going with........

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but we have to play the Titans hard, we cant take them for granted. Gotta Grind it out

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I heard David Carr on the radio this afternoon saying the Titans like to stop the run by putting an extra guy in the box. Well if that's the case, they're still doing a cruddy job. They're last in the league in rushing defense. Wali Lundy and the other running backs have to take advantage of this. David Carr also said that they have a lot of one-on-one matchups with the secondary. Andre Johnson and Eric Moulds should have a field day. I think the Texans win this one by 10. Maybe more. Our offense seems to be gelling more and more and our pass protection is actually decent. Hopefully our running backs can be consistent. I still think our defense is below average, but Vince Young isn't going to beat us with his arm or his legs. He's not good enough to do that just yet. He's still a raw talent. We have to stop the run though. They're passing offense isn't very good, but the running game is.
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You guys look really optomistic about this game,we beat a jags team that had key losses such as mike peterson and banged up qb,not saying we won that game with luck, just saying were not quite there yet, but Im still going with........

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Texans-24

but we have to play the Titans hard, we cant take them for granted. Gotta Grind it out

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And the Titans have lost Haynesworth, they have a rookie QB, a very questionable defense at best, and they never had anyone as good as Henderson, R. Mathis, or Fred Taylor. If the Jags were as beat up as people say, they were still a better team than the Titans.
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Honestly, I really dont see how we lose this one. Our passing game is one of the best in the NFL and we've done good against some top pass defenses so I think we detroy them thru the air. If we can keep up and match them running the ball, I think we've got this one. As far as my score prediction which I kept out of the preview so it wouldnt take away from the overall preview is:

TEXANS: 24
TITANS: 13
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Im gonna go with 31-13 Texans. 3 TD's for Carr, 1 for Lundy. If we stop the running game early and get a lead, we can run away with it.


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I call that well placed confidence. Texans 31 tennecantsee 13.
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this one comes down to DEFENSE. Texans gotta stop the run and pick off passes....
On the offensive side, I would say we gotta go to Daniels and Moulds to be successful...AJ or Walter for the long ones....Lundy might get 50yds. If Kris Brown starts missing FGs... then we're screwed.
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Texans by two tds.

Demeco 1 1/2 sacks.

Lundy 125yds rushing.

DC gets 225 yds passing.

VY: who cares? He is now allied with the dark side of the force.
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