- The Tennessee Titans have won four straight and six of their last seven games
- The Houston Texans suffered an embarrassing home loss to Denver in Week 14
- Read below for a prediction on how the point spread will move in this AFC South contest
The Houston Texans (8-5) travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans (8-5) in a Week 15 showdown with first place in the AFC South on the line. This is the first of two late-season meetings between these divisional foes as they play again in Week 17. The Titans opened as 3-point home favorites.
Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans Odds
|Houston Texans||+3.0 (+105)||+153||Over 48.0 (-110)|
|Tennessee Titans||-3.0 (-125)||-173||Under 48.0 (-110)|
Odds taken Dec. 8
A Nightmare Loss for the Texans
The Texans faced a struggling Denver Broncos team at home with a rookie quarterback making his second career start in Week 14. Instead of Houston taking advantage of an opponent it should beat, the Broncos and quarterback Drew Lock came out on fire and finished with a 38-24 win. At halftime, the Texans trailed 31-3 and Lock completed 16 of 19 passes for 235 yards and three scores in the first half alone.
While Houston did score three touchdowns in the second half, this game was never in doubt for Denver. This was a major blown opportunity for the Texans and head coach Bill O’Brien said he was responsible for Houston’s disappointing performance.
As he always does after defeats, Bill O'Brien took the blame. And he deserved it. But he's got players who should be embarrassed to show their faces in Houston this week after the putrid performance they put on in the 38-24 loss.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 8, 2019
Remember the Titans
The Titans traveled to Oakland and whipped the Raiders 42-21 to improve to 8-5. It was Tennessee’s fourth consecutive win. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sensational again, completing 21-of-27 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Tannehill has been a different player since escaping from Adam Gase and replacing Marcus Mariota in the starting lineup for the Titans.
RYAN TANNEHILL HAS THE LAUNCH CODES 🚀#TENvsOAK
— PFF (@PFF) December 8, 2019
Tannehill improved to 5-1 as the starting quarterback for the Titans. Derrick Henry rushed for 103 yards and two scores. It was his fourth consecutive effort with 100 yards or more on the ground and also his fifth straight game with at least one touchdown. Henry is third in the NFL in rushing, just 35 yards behind Nick Chubb.
Against the Spread in 2019
The Texans are 6-7 against the spread this season. As 8-point favorites against Denver, the Texans lost by 14. Houston has been favored six times this season and is 1-5 ATS as favorites. While the Texans did win four of those six games, they failed to cover in all but one. Houston is 5-2 ATS as underdogs this season.
Tennessee is quietly one of the hottest teams in the NFL both on the field and in the betting world. The Titans have covered in four straight weeks and in five of six weeks after beginning the season 2-5 ATS. Tennessee has been favored in each of the last three weeks and won all three by double digits.
Texans at Titans Week 15 will be the No. 1 game on CBS called by Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson.#Titans
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) December 9, 2019
Will the Line Move?
Don’t expect the line to have much movement throughout the week. While the Titans are red hot, Houston is due for a bounce back performance. The Titans have won four in a row at home while the Texans are 2-3 on the road.
Some injuries to watch for Tennessee are Henry and safety, Kenny Vaccaro. Henry was banged up in the win over Oakland but remained in the game. Vaccaro left after sustaining a concussion.
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