|Last 3 Games||3-0||+2||1-1||2-1||30.0||13.7||452.0||(6)||2.0||24.7||13.7||410.7||(6)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||29.7||16.4||23.0||35:28||34-143||(4.2)||22-35||64.5%||251||(7.2)||69-394||(5.7)||(13.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.2||11.7||21.2||32:43||29-121||(4.2)||22-36||61.2%||241||(6.6)||65-362||(5.6)||(15)|
|Offense Road Games||25.6||15.8||21.6||35:24||36-174||(4.8)||20-33||59.9%||214||(6.4)||69-388||(5.6)||(15.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||19.2||9.0||17.1||26:52||22-88||(4)||20-38||53.7%||232||(6.1)||60-320||(5.4)||(16.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||10.1||19.2||29:20||26-105||(4.1)||21-35||60.9%||229||(6.6)||61-334||(5.5)||(14.9)|
|Defense Road Games||17.2||8.4||17.0||27:08||21-83||(4)||20-40||49.2%||228||(5.7)||61-310||(5.1)||(18)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.2||1.1||0.7||14-6||41.3%||0-0||75.0%||3-62||(21.5)||3-27||(10.5)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.8||14-5||39.2%||1-0||59.8%||3-64||(24)||21-2||(9.1)||7-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.2||1.2||0.6||15-6||40.0%||0-0||100.0%||3-56||(19.9)||3-22||(7.8)||7-57|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8|| ||13-4||28.6%||1-0||38.5%||4-109||(24.4)||3-26||(10)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||38.3%||1-0||43.2%||3-69||(24.5)||22-2||(10.3)||6-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8|| ||14-4||29.6%||1-0||50.0%||4-89||(24.8)||3-25||(9.5)||6-58|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.2||1-2||1-2||25.3||11.7||328.7||(5.4)||2.3||26.0||13.7||311.3||(5.5)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||21.6||10.5||17.5||27:44||23-107||(4.7)||22-36||61.1%||220||(6.2)||59-327||(5.6)||(15.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||10.7||20.1||30:47||26-109||(4.2)||22-36||61.1%||236||(6.6)||62-345||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Offense Home Games||23.2||10.8||18.0||28:09||20-89||(4.4)||25-39||64.8%||262||(6.8)||59-350||(6)||(15.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||30.5||13.5||23.0||33:28||30-130||(4.3)||25-35||70.4%||261||(7.5)||65-391||(6)||(12.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.8||12.2||20.8||31:13||28-118||(4.2)||22-36||61.7%||235||(6.6)||64-353||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||33.6||14.8||26.2||34:30||33-138||(4.2)||27-38||71.1%||302||(7.9)||71-440||(6.2)||(13.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.8||1.6||-0.4||14-6||42.3%||1-0||55.6%||4-104||(24.8)||2-20||(12.3)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.8||13-5||38.6%||1-0||58.8%||3-70||(23.9)||22-2||(10.3)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.6||1.4||2.0||-1.2||13-5||41.5%||1-0||33.3%||4-111||(26.4)||1-20||(20.2)||6-48|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||0.4||1.3|| ||13-6||43.2%||1-0||42.9%||2-59||(28.4)||2-17||(7.6)||5-46|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||14-6||40.7%||1-0||48.1%||3-61||(23.1)||22-2||(10.3)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.4||0.4||0.8|| ||13-6||43.1%||1-0||33.3%||2-48||(21.8)||3-25||(9)||5-49|
|Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 18.8, TENNESSEE 20.6|
|10/8/2012||@ NY JETS||23-17||W||-9.5||L||40||P||35-169||14-28-209||1||23-69||14-32-217||2|
|12/2/2012||@ TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/10/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/17/2012||NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|HOUSTON: The Texans run the league's premier zone-blocking scheme, and they utilize it early and often. Last year, only the Tim Tebow Broncos were more run-heavy than Houston, who kept it on the ground even when quarterback Matt Schaub was healthy. When he's under center, Arian Foster still takes about 70 percent of the reps despite the emergence of Ben Tate. The Texans keep it run-heavy in the red zone, but they're much more likely to spell Foster with Tate in red zone situations. The Texans use a West Coast passing game that doesn't take a lot of chances downfield. Andre Johnson is the focal point, and they'll play him at numerous spots and are especially effective putting him in motion and creating mismatches. Owen Daniels should be healthier in his second year back from a torn ACL and is essentially the No. 2 receiver in this offense. Foster is used frequently in the screen game. Jacoby Jones had been used as a deep threat, but that role could go to rookie DeVier Posey following Jones' departure. When the Texans throw in the red zone, there is no clear-cut top option. Johnson usually draws a lot of attention, and Daniels led the team in red zone targets and catches. They'll go with two tight ends often near the goal line, and the second tight end (possibly Garrett Graham) will be targeted on the occasional play-action. Wade Phillips made dramatic improvements to this defense last year, but he also had better personnel to work with, especially in the secondary with newcomers Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning. Youngsters J.J. Watt and Connor Barwin are relentless pass rushers who create turnovers, and the team really didn't miss Mario Williams after he went down with a season-ending injury in October. Brian Cushing had a big year after moving inside in Phillips' 3-4 defense. With the amount of blitzing Houston does, he'll continue to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. |
|TENNESSEE: The Titans are encouraged by what they deemed a productive offseason for RB Chris Johnson. They mix a lot of zone plays in for Johnson, though their line is more built for man blocking. They use a lot of two-tight end sets and still use a fullback to try and open things up for him. Johnson takes about 70 percent of the reps and is often asked to find yards between the tackles. Javon Ringer will come in on every third or fourth series. The Titans often go into the red zone with the idea of running it, with Johnson taking a lot of touches. But they get easily frustrated after one busted play and ended up one of the league's most pass-heavy red zone teams. The Titans were so pass-happy for most of last season that they looked like classic Air Coryell under offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. They get the ball downfield aggressively, something that didn't change whether it was Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker under center. Kenny Britt is the first look, with Nate Washington not far behind. Jared Cook is often used to stretch the middle of the field. Rookie Kendall Wright was brought in to provide a deep threat in the slot, though he may be used underneath as well for spacing purposes. The Titans also reintroduced the screen game last year, giving them another way to get Johnson the ball. They'll often try to get the ball outside to a receiver near the goal line rather than using a tight end over the middle. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn and DE Jason Babin leaving before last season was a big reason Tennessee finished with the second-fewest sacks in the NFL in 2011. The secondary took a hit this year with the departure of CB Cortland Finnegan and contract dispute with franchise player S Michael Griffin. A lot is going to be asked of LB Colin McCarthy, who was a monster after moving into the starting lineup in the middle of last season, recording 50 solo tackles over eight games as a rookie. Tennessee will be looking for both projected starting cornerbacks, Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, to help fill the void created by the loss of Finnegan. McCourty led defensive backs in solo tackles in 2011, and opposing quarterbacks may target him even more often now that he'll be matched up with many opposing No. 1 WRs. Verner has 102 total tackles (86 solo) in 15 career starts and would seem to be the more attractive target for opposing quarterbacks to pick on. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-TENNESSEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with James and Joseph out)
*Texans-Titans Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
The Houston Texans are trying to overcome mounting absences as they near another playoff appearance and a franchise milestone, while the Tennessee Titans have made a coordinator change while attempting to keep their slim postseason hopes alive.
The Texans can clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win or tie Sunday when they visit Tennessee, where they've won two of the last three meetings.
A win would also give Houston (10-1) 11 victories for the first time in franchise history. As good as the Texans have been - winning five straight to maintain the AFC's best record - injuries continue to add up and the squad has needed overtime to scrape by mediocre teams each of the last two weeks.
Houston's sixth-ranked defense, which allows 319.7 yards per game, has seen its linebacking corps in particular come under siege. Brooks Reed will miss time with a groin injury suffered in the team's 34-31 win in Detroit on Thanksgiving, and Bradie James is also out with a hamstring injury.
All-Pro linebacker Brian Cushing was already lost for the season to a knee injury Oct. 8. The 458 yards allowed to Jacksonville two weeks ago and the 525 given up to the Lions are the two highest totals yielded by Houston this season.
"I'm concerned about the health of our team right now," said coach Gary Kubiak, who will also be without cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hamstring). "But that's part of this business this time of year, so we've got to figure out a way to be as good as we can be on Sunday. It's something we've got to deal with."
Defensive end J.J. Watt should continue to help. He had three sacks on Thanksgiving, boosting his AFC-best total to 14 1/2.
The injuries create opportunities for first-round pick Whitney Mercilus and Bryan Braman, who have primarily played on special teams. Mercilus led the FBS in sacks last season with 16 for Illinois and has recorded three over his last five games. Connor Barwin will take over Reed's strong-side position while Mercilus will replace Barwin on the weak side.
"I'm definitely ready for it," Mercilus said. "I've been coached up and all that. It's what I've been preparing for, what I've been training for, and the time has come now for me to step up and show the coaches that I've taken all the coaching and I'm ready to play."
The Titans (4-7) had an opportunity last week after their bye to put themselves within one game of the AFC's final playoff spot. Instead they became the first visiting team to lose in Jacksonville this season, falling 24-19.
Now Tennessee is a long shot for its first postseason berth since 2008, especially with road games against Indianapolis and Green Bay still remaining.
Owner Bud Adams put all personnel on notice following Tennessee's 51-20 home loss to Chicago on Nov. 4, and it didn't take long after the defeat to Jacksonville for the first domino to fall. Coach Mike Munchak fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Monday, replacing him with 32-year-old quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, who has been with the Titans since 2006.
The Titans' 327.7 yards per game rank 24th and their 17.5 first downs are 29th. They settled for five field-goal attempts against the Jaguars.
Jake Locker is 32 of 61 for 383 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in two games since returning from a shoulder injury he initially suffered early in a 38-14 loss at Houston on Sept. 30.
"As an offense I didn't feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped," Munchak said. "I believe we needed a change in direction and I hope to see that progress in our remaining games. Dowell has worked here for a number of years under some very successful coordinators and he is ready for the challenge."
A bigger challenge for Tennessee could be slowing down Houston's running game. The Texans' 144.1 yards per game on the ground rank fifth, while the Titans' defense is 27th against the run (129.8).
Houston's Arian Foster leads the league with 12 rushing touchdowns and is second with 1,064 yards, and Ben Tate could be back in the mix Sunday after missing four straight games with a hamstring injury.
Andre Johnson posted the best two-game total of receiving yards in NFL history with 461 in the last two contests, and he could be in for another big day against a Titans defense that gave up eight passing plays of more than 20 yards to the Jaguars.
Tennessee's Chris Johnson has averaged 122.0 rushing yards in his last six games dating back to Oct. 11, the second-most in the NFL during that span. He recorded 141 yards on 25 carries against Houston on Sept. 30, but was held to 18 yards on 10 attempts in a 41-7 home loss to the Texans last season.
Foster totaled 234 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in that game.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:17:40 AM EST|