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Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans Week 17 Betting Predictions & Preview

Texans vs Titans NFL Handicapping

The Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans will face off in Nashville on Sunday to close out each of their seasons. Tennessee’s year started with promise following a 3-1 start but quickly unravelled after a three-game losing streak going into their bye week, while Houston’s season has been even more disastrous, with the team losing 13 in a row after winning their first two games.

Houston Texans (2-13) at Tennessee Titans (6-9)
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: LP Field
City: Nashville, Tennessee
O/U Odds: 43.5
Spread: Tennessee -7
Money Line: Tennessee -300, Houston +250

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These teams met once already this season, a game that Houston won 30-24 in overtime at Reliant Stadium, but that was way back in Week 2 and the team has lost every one of their games since then, most recently a 37-13 defeat at the hands of the Broncos.

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The team’s offense never did get going in that one. Running back Dennis Johnson was ineffective, got hurt, was replaced by Deji Karim, then Karim got hurt. Now, both are likely to miss this weekend’s game along with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, which means the rushing duties will fall to Jonathan Grimes. At the quarterback position, Case Keenum has been tabbed as the starter but is a game-time decision for Sunday.
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It was Matt Schaub who got the nod in the team’s last game and he was a huge disappointment, completing 18 of 37 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions despite trailing for most of the game. The lone bright spots on the day were the play of Andre Johnson, who tied an NFL record in the game with his fifth 100-reception season, and the emergence of tight end Ryan Griffin, who had five catches for 66 yards against the Broncos.

Adding insult to injury, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for his NFL-record 51st touchdown of the season in the win.

Tennessee ended a three-game slide in their last game, beating the Jaguars in Jacksonville, 20-16.

There was some strange usage in the team’s backfield as Shonn Greene saw 20 touches, with 23 going to Chris Johnson. Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t called on to do much as the team controlled the game for most of the night, completing 17 of 26 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Defensively, the Titans held the Jaguars to 289 total yards of offense, including just 63 on the ground on 3.0 yards per carry.

There isn’t a lot to like about the Texans these days, but there are players on the roster with plenty of pride like Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt, and players playing for time next season, like Grimes and Griffin, so in an otherwise meaningless game, expect the Texans to play out every snap.

The Titans are 3-12-2 ATS in their last 17 games versus AFC South opponents.

The play: Houston +7

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