In a battle of backup quarterbacks, Houston is a small favorite to win in Tennessee this week.
The Titans opened as a five-point underdog Sunday, but the announcement that Texans QB Brian Hoyer is still recovering from concussions closed the gap. Weeden is the fourth different QB to start a game for the Texans this season, and they signed B.J. Daniels in a backup role as insurance earlier in the week.
After last week’s win over the Colts, the Texans now control their own destiny in the AFC South. With a win they can clinch the division, due to a strength of victory tiebreaker over Indianapolis.
Marcus Mariota avoided playing J.J. Watt and the Texans completely this season. These teams first met on November 1st, when Zach Mettenberger was sacked seven times during a 20-6 Texans win.
Tennessee is 3-11, but all of their wins have come inside the division. They might be 1-6 overall at home this year, but they’ve covered in two home games against the division this season.
With two backup QBs, the point total has been set at 40.5, You’d be lucky to sniff that, as the Texans defense dominated Tennessee in their last meeting. The real question will be Weeden, and if he take shots down the field to Pro Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins.
The OddsShark computer is predicting 21.1 – 19.2 Houston victory.
Houston vs. Tennessee prediction: Houston SU & ATS