Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans Picks, Odds, Week 17 Predictions 12/29/2019
Game: Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -1
Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans go to NRG Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on the Houston Texans. The line on this matchup has Houston as 1-point favorites. The O/U is set at 49. The Titans are 8-7-0 ATS and 9-6-0 when betting on the total. The Texans are 6-9-0 when wagering on the over/under and 10-5-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Tennessee Titans went up against the New Orleans Saints and were defeated 38-28. Dion Lewis led the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 17 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for a total of 68 yards on 15 carries which meant he averaged 4.5 yards per tote. Tajae Sharpe was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 69 yards on 5 catches. He had an average of 13.8 yards per reception for the game. Running the show from under center for the Titans was Ryan Tannehill who went 17/27 with 272 yards passing and threw 3 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Tennessee Titans ended up rushing 26 times and totaled 149 yards earning them an average of 5.7 yards per run. For the game, they totaled 58 plays which added up to 397 yards. For the game, the Titans racked up 17 first downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 56 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Tennessee conceded 28 completions on 40 attempts for a total of 275 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. Overall, they allowed 377 yards but didn't get any takeaways. In the running game, the Titans conceded 102 yards on 23 runs which is an average of 4.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Tony Sink has a pick for the contest between the Colts and Jaguars.
Titans Drop to 8-7 After Loss
The Titans come into this game with a record of 8-7 for this season. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league with an average of 24 points per game, ranking them 10th in the league. As a unit, they are averaging 132 yards on the ground per contest which is 4th in the AFC. For total yardage, they are currently ranked 6th in the AFC and 15th in the league with 5,338 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Titans have compiled a total of 27 passing touchdowns and 18 rushing touchdowns. They are a team that has the capability to score points in the division and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game.
The Titans have one of the best defenses in the NFL, giving up 21.1 points per game putting them 8th in the conference. In regard to yards on the ground, Tennessee is allowing 104.2 yards per game which has them at 2nd among AFC South teams and 12th in the NFL. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.0 yards per carry which has them at 3rd in the AFC and 6th in the NFL overall. In total, they have allowed 1,978 rushing yards through 15 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Titans have allowed 3,888 yards. Opponents are completing 64.9% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.5 yards per attempt. They have conceded 25 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns.
The last time they took the field, the Houston Texans played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won 23-20. Leading the way at QB for the Texans was Deshaun Watson who went 19/32 with 184 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He threw 1 interception in the game. Deshaun Watson paced the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 19 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He rushed for a total of 37 yards via 7 carries which had him averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Kenny Stills was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 57 yards on 5 catches. He averaged 11.4 yards per catch in the game. The Houston Texans ran the football 26 times and racked up a total of 68 yards giving them an average of 2.6 yards per carry. On the day, they ran 63 plays for a total of 229 yards. Overall, the Texans earned 15 1st downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 35 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Houston allowed 25 completions on 48 attempts for a total of 329 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.0%. On the ground, the Texans allowed 106 yards on 21 runs which is an average of 5.0 yards per attempt allowed. In the game, they allowed a total of 435 yards and forced 5 takeaways. Another matchup you may want to look into is the NFL pick ATS from Guy Bruhn on the Chargers vs Chiefs game.
Texans Better their record to 10-5 After Win
The Texans step onto the field holding a record of 10-5. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Texans have one of the average offenses in the NFL. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Texans are currently ranked 2nd in the AFC South and 11th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 24.3 points per contest. Houston is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 127 yards on the ground per game, ranking them 10th in the NFL. As a unit, they have a total of 1,900 rushing yards through 15 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Texans average 366 yards per game overall which has them at 11th in the league and 4th in the conference.
The Texans are allowing 23.3 points per game which puts them at 3rd in the AFC South and 18th in the league. In discussing points allowed, they have given up 350 points in total. When talking about yards rushing, they are giving up 113 yards per game which puts them at 20th in the NFL and 3rd in the AFC South. This season, they have conceded a total of 1,692 yards rushing and 9 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the mediocre units in the league. They are conceding 270 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Texans currently sit at 16th among AFC teams. They have allowed 31 passing touchdowns for 2019.
Who will win tonight's Titans/Texans NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Texans -1
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