Ending the home-opener streak of an injury-plagued Pittsburgh Steelers team is one thing. It’s another thing for the Tennessee Titans to pull off their second consecutive upset, one which would come against the preseason favorite to win their third consecutive AFC South championship: the Houston Texans.
As of Sep. 12, the Titans are 9.5-point underdogs heading into their Week 2 matchup against their division rival. All 13 ESPN analysts who are part of an NFL expert picks panel have picked the Texans to win this game straight-up. This was one of six games where there was unanimous agreement. Other unanimous picks include New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.
What happens when all of the ESPN experts agree? In Week 1, their unanimous picks included the Patriots (winners), San Francisco 49ers (winners) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (losers). The Buccaneers lost to the New York Jets, 18-17. The Buccaneers probably win that game if Lavonte David doesn’t make an ignorant late-hit penalty that sets up the game-winning 48-yard field goal from Jets kicker Nick Folk.
Last week, 12 of 13 ESPN analysts picked the Steelers to beat the Titans. Everyone saw how that turned out. For the Titans, this game will prove as a much greater challenge. But if they can pull off the victory, they’ll prove that they’re far ahead from where they were last season. In 2012, the Texans swept the Titans, 38-14 and 24-10.