Titans game Sunday: Titans vs. Texans odds and prediction for NFL Week 18 game

Ryan Tannehill #17, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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The Titans wrap up their 2021 regular-season campaign with a road contest against the 4-12 Texans, and we’ve got your opening betting odds and prediction.

What is this 18th week of NFL regular-season football of which you speak?

Well, if you watch the game long enough, you’re bound to see something unprecedented, and that’s what we have heading into Week 18, the longest regular-season schedule in the modern football era.

But all that matters to the 11-5 Tennessee Titans is handling their business on the road against their AFC South division rivals, the 4-12 Houston Texans.

After a little bit of a rough patch earlier this season, Tennessee is back to finding its winning ways with a two-game win streak and victories in three of its last four games, and one has to figure the Texans, despite being a feisty spoiler-type opponent, won’t be too difficult a matchup to close out the regular season.

Let’s not talk about what happened between these two teams back in Week 11. That’s when the Titans were playing poorly. They’re not any longer.

Instead, let’s explore the opening betting odds for this divisional showdown with the full knowledge they can hold onto the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture with another win.

Getting that coveted first-round bye as a result.

Titans vs. Texans odds Week 18

Rare are the teams that have double-digit lines on the road, but that’s precisely what the oddsmakers over at WynnBET are giving to the Titans, naming them a whopping 11-point favorite for the game at NRG Stadium in Week 18.

When these two teams met last, running back D’Onta Foreman wasn’t coming into his own, and wide receiver A.J. Brown was still banged up.

Both are now contributing nicely.

The moneyline for Tennessee is -525, while Houston’s is +400. The over/under is 43.0.

Titans vs. Texans prediction Week 18

Don’t let that Tennessee loss from Week 11 fool you. Despite the Texans getting some modestly impressive production as of late from rookie quarterback Davis Mills, Houston still boasts a bottom-five scoring offense and wholly lacks the defensive fortitude to shut down someone like Brown.

Plus, with full recognition of what’s at stake for head coach Mike Vrabel and Co. in the playoff seeding, this game will be played as if it’s a playoff atmosphere for Tennessee.

Expect a big lead early, ultimately ending in a Titans 28-10 victory, Tennessee covering all the while.

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