Michael Moraitis (Co-expert)
With him already battling an injury, there was absolutely not a snowball’s chance in hell Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was risking his star quarterback in what is mostly a meaningless game in Week 17.
Therefore, the Titans’ road to making the playoffs just got easier, and should they find a way to lose this game against backups, they don’t deserve to make the playoffs.
Backups or not, the biggest key to success for Tennessee on Sunday is getting Derrick Henry back after he was ruled out in Week 16 in favor of resting his injured hamstring for this exact moment.
With Henry back in the fold, the Texans must respect the run, and that will open up the play-action passing game much more than we saw last week when the Saints didn’t have to respect the run and were able to pin their ears back and rush Ryan Tannehill relentlessly.
After a “quiet” few weeks that saw the Titans score 49 combined points in two straight losses, Tennessee rebounds nicely against a poor pass defense in Houston’s to pick up the slack for its own struggling and injury-riddled secondary.
Final score prediction: Titans 34, Texans 23