Texans vs. Titans Pick
With backup quarterbacks in the fold for both teams, will the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans hit a low total on Sunday?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Titans are favored at home in this game, as Tennessee is getting odds of -3 points against the Texans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 40 points. Houston has won five straight in this series, including a 27-20 win back on Dec. 2 at home. These two have hit the over in four of their last five meetings.
Houston has won its last three games to move to 9-6 on the year and win the AFC South title. The Texans are locked into the fourth seed for the playoffs and that won’t change on Sunday. Houston has had a nice spark the last few weeks since benching Brock Osweiler at QB and inserting Tom Savage. Savage has thrown for 436 yards thus far and hasn’t turned the ball over, something Osweiler has struggled with. Lamar Miller has led the offense with 1,073 yards rushing. He is dealing with an ankle injury and unlikely to play on Sunday. Defensively, Houston is allowing just 20.3 points and 317.7 yards per game. They have been very strong against the pass, allowing just 218.3 yards per contest.
The Titans are coming off a devastating 38-17 loss at Jacksonville last week that ended their playoff hopes and also saw their QB Marcus Mariota go down with a broken leg. Tennessee comes into this game at 8-7 on the season and 10-5 with the over. Matt Cassel will fill in for Mariota, but he has limited snaps this year, throwing just 25 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. DeMarco Murray is the leading offensive star for the Titans with 1,266 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee is giving up 24.1 points per game, allowing 287.1 passing yards per game.
The point total is low, as it should be. Savage hasn’t been able to throw for a touchdown yet and it could be difficult again this week, especially without Miller to take some pressure off in the run game. The Titans aren’t likely to move the ball well either with Cassel facing this talented defense. Look for a sloppy, low-scoring game on Sunday.
NFL WEEK 17 PICK: TEXANS/TITANS UNDER 40