Optimism: Texans’ defense
With the way the Titans are throwing the football right now, offensive coordinator Arthur Smith must be licking his chops with the prospect of facing the Texans’ No. 27 pass defense in Week 15. It’s also a defense that doesn’t sport elite pass-rusher J.J. Watt, who is currently on IR.
Houston is also fresh off a game in which Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock just torched them for 309 yards and three scores in his second career start
Ryan Tannehill and the Titans offense are firing on all cylinders of late and come into this game as one of the hottest offenses in the NFL. Tannehill has thrown for over 300 yards in three of his seven starts and is coming off a contest that saw him throw for a season-high 391 yards. Most importantly, Tennessee’s offensive line is playing as good as it has all season long.
Houston also showed susceptibility to big plays in Week 14 after allowing five plays of 25 yards or more against the Broncos. With that being the case, we could see another big gain or two from rookie wideout A.J. Brown, who notched a 91-yard touchdown reception as one of his two scores in Week 14.
There will be cause for concern with Derrick Henry‘s health this week (more on that coming in a minute), but the Texans are also exploitable on the ground, which is great news for the Titans’ play action game. Houston is the No. 18 run defense in the league, allowing 109.5 rushing yards per contest this season.