After a wide-open divisional race, the Texans can close the book on the AFC South today with a win over the lowly Titans. They head into the game with Brandon Weeden as their starting quarterback, despite having only been with the teams for about a month. The Titans will also start a backup quarterback, as Marcus Mariota recovers from his second knee injury of the season.
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup:
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
TV Channel: Locally broadcast on CBS with Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots on the call. Click here to check and see if you’re within the game’s coverage zone.
Line: Texans -3.5 via OddsShark.com
The Texans are on their fourth starting QB this season, and this is the one that may lead them to a division title. After T.J. Yates took an awkward slide early last week, Brandon Weeden was called into action. Weeden was claimed by Houston the day after he was waived by the Cowboys, where Weeden started three games earlier this season.
In Dallas, Weeden was if anything, accurate. He’s got a 72.4 percent completion percentage this season, but was still benched in favor of Matt Cassel after three weeks. Weeden will surely work with a simplified playbook, but it’s important he stay aggressive. The Texans have one of the best deep ball threats in the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins, and need to make sure he gets his looks.
After that, it will be up to the defense to win this game for the Texans. They’ve done it one before, when the Texans first beat Tennessee back in November. Zach Mettenberger was also the Titans quarterback then, and the Texans defense sacked him seven times en route to a 20-6 victory. The Texans have amassed 36 sacks this season, tenth-most in the NFL.