Game day is almost here. On Sep. 15, the Houston Texans will host the Tennessee Titans in the first AFC South divisional game of the season. Both teams entered this contest with a 1-0 record. This is the home-opener for the Texans, who are coming off a 31-28 Monday Night Football victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Titans pulled off an upset road win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-9.
Are the Titans ready to compete with a playoff-caliber team? The Texans are expected to win their third consecutive AFC South championship. Their only major weakness is found in the defensive backfield. After Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady ripped them apart last season, the Texans entered this season hoping that Ed Reed would improve their secondary. Reed has yet to dress up for them. He may debut this week.
All eyes are on Jake Locker. Can he take advantage of the vulnerabilities that this secondary will present? Last season, Chris Johnson had 38 carries for 192 yards in two games against the Texans. Johnson started this season with 25 carries for 70 yards. Shonn Greene is questionable with a knee injury. If he doesn’t play, Jackie Battle is more than capable of picking up the tough yards.
Let’s take a glance at seven keys to victory for the Titans. Who are 10 players that could have a significant impact on this contest?
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