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Sunday 9/15/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




TENNESSEE (1 - 0) at HOUSTON (1 - 0)
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Week 2 Sunday, 9/15/2013 1:00 PM
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TENNESSEE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-0+1.91-00-116.07.0229.0(3.7)
Road Games1-0+1.91-00-116.07.0229.0(3.7)
Last 3 Games1-0+1.91-00-116.07.0229.0(3.7)
Grass Games1-0+1.91-00-116.07.0229.0(3.7)
TENNESSEE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.1671734:0142-112(2.7)11-2055.0%117(5.8)62-229(3.7)(14.3)
Offense Road Games16.07.017.034:0142-112(2.7)11-2055.0%117(5.8)62-229(3.7)(14.3)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.921426:5915-32(2.1)21-3363.6%163(4.9)48-195(4.1)(21.7)
Defense Road Games9.02.014.025:5915-32(2.1)21-3363.6%163(4.9)48-195(4.1)(21.7)
TENNESSEE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against000015-640.0%1-1100.0%1-1(1)58-5(11.6)6-60
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-430.8%1-1100.0%4-78(19.5)1-1(1)4-47
Opponents Avg. Stats For112 13-430.8%1-1100.0%4-78(19.5)1-1(1)4-47
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-430.8%1-1100.0%4-78(19.5)1-1(1)4-47

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-0+10-11-031.07.0449.0(6.2)
Last 3 Games1-0+10-11-031.07.0449.0(6.2)
Grass Games1-0+10-11-031.07.0449.0(6.2)
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.3172637:3128-120(4.3)34-4575.6%329(7.3)73-449(6.2)(14.5)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.28211423:2920-80(4)14-2948.3%183(6.3)49-263(5.4)(9.4)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against101213-646.2%2-150.0%4-116(29)21-3(7)7-73
Stats Against (All Games) 14-750.0%1-1100.0%1-42(42)1-5(5)7-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For101 14-750.0%1-1100.0%1-42(42)5-1(5)7-55
Average power rating of opponents played: TENNESSEE 19,  HOUSTON 17
TENNESSEE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ PITTSBURGH16-9W6W41U42-11211-20-117015-3221-33-1632
9/15/2013@ HOUSTON            
9/22/2013SAN DIEGO            
9/29/2013NY JETS            
10/6/2013KANSAS CITY            
10/13/2013@ SEATTLE            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2013@ SAN DIEGO31-28W-5L44O28-12034-45-329120-8014-29-1831
9/22/2013@ BALTIMORE            
10/6/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            
10/13/2013ST LOUIS            
TENNESSEE: This team is built for power blocking up front (they spent big on guards, getting free agent Andy Levitre and drafting Chance Warmack) and lots of bodies to clear the way for Chris Johnson. They use a lot of big sets, with two tight ends or a fullback. They have mixed in quite a few zone stretch plays to better fit Johnson's skill set. They figure to give around 40 percent of early down reps to Shonn Greene, a more traditional power back. They also use zone read looks to take advantage of Jake Locker's athleticism. New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was the QB coach before his promotion, and he's as responsible for Locker's progression in the passing game as anyone. They still rely on a lot of screens and quick-hitters, especially with Kendall Wright and Johnson. They'll likely incorporate more deep shots this season, especially if Kenny Britt is healthy. Britt and the other outside receiver in three-wide sets, likely rookie Justin Hunter, work outside and primarily downfield. Their tight ends are greatly underutilized. Delanie Walker is athletic, but his inconsistent hands will likely keep him from grabbing a big receiving role. When the Titans reached the red zone, they leaned heavily on Johnson, but often asked Jamie Harper to finish drives. That role will likely go to Greene this year. Although the Titans allowed the most points in the NFL and recovered just five fumbles, they also scored nine non-offensive touchdowns (5 defense, 4 return) and finished second in the league with 19 picks. DE Kamerion Wimbley and OLB Akeem Ayers will continue to rush frequently off the edge, and the signing of Colts LB Moise Fokou will push underperforming MLB Colin McCarthy in training camp. The free-agent additions of safeties Bernard Pollard and George Wilson will help instill fear into opposing wideouts.
HOUSTON: The cornerstone of Houston's offense remains its zone-blocking running scheme, though the club did slip from first to ninth in the NFL in terms of run/pass ratio. The offensive line has steadily developed into one of the NFL's best, a mobile group that specializes in (for now, still legal) cut blocking. It's a one-cut system for their backs, where Arian Foster thrives. The Texans seem to have lost some faith in Ben Tate, as Foster played a league-leading 847 snaps last season. The Texans use a conservative West Coast passing game that works off play-action but doesn't do a lot downfield. Andre Johnson is the centerpiece, a guy who gets moved around and is almost always Matt Schaub's first look. Tight end Owen Daniels still serves as the default No. 2 target, often working off Johnson on the same side of the field. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins will be more of a field stretcher on the opposite side. Foster was utilized less in the passing game last year, though Houston could look to rekindle the screen game considering Schaub's inability to get the ball deep. Houston is one of the NFL's most run-heavy red zone teams. Foster led the league in touchdowns of less than 10 yards last year (14) and had 71.9 percent of Houston's touches inside the 10. Just the presence of Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt (NFL-best 20.5 sacks, 39 TFL) is enough to make the Texans a strong defense, and the addition of playmaking FS Ed Reed (9 career TD) and the healthy return of ILB Brian Cushing makes them truly elite. CBs Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are stellar shutdown corners. Versatile Danieal Manning should have little trouble shifting from free safety to strong safety, and the team expects big things from OLB Whitney Mercilus in his second season.
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*Titans-Texans Preview* =======================


Arian Foster's frustration was visible after being told to stay off the field during a drive in the fourth quarter Monday, and Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak understands completely why his star running back would feel slighted.

He also believes fewer carries for Foster at this point may be in the team's best interests.

After surviving plenty of drama in its season-opening victory, Houston on Sunday hosts a Tennessee Titans team looking to prove last week's surprisingly solid defensive effort was no fluke.

The Texans fought back from a 21-point second-half deficit to tie San Diego at 28 in the fourth quarter, getting help from both Foster and backup Ben Tate in the running game.

Foster, though, appeared to be waved back off the field at one point by Tate, who elected to stay in. Foster, who ran 18 times for 57 yards compared to 55 on nine rushes for Tate, didn't seem to appreciate the gesture.

"They both want to be on the field. I understand that. I think that's a good thing for the team," Kubiak said.

He plans to have Foster and Tate split carries until he feels Foster, who didn't take a single rep in the preseason, is ready for a larger workload.

"I want to keep it somewhat close right now and watch them working to what's going on," Kubiak said. "I think Arian's been a player who's at his best when he carries the ball 25 times, so we'll head back in that direction (eventually). I think if we're running the football well and we're in the type of football game that we want to be in, I think there's plenty of carries to go around."

The Texans ended up completing their comeback Monday, as Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired for a 31-28 victory. Matt Schaub finished 34 of 45 for 346 yards and three touchdowns, two to tight end Owen Daniels.

Andre Johnson caught 12 passes for 146 yards.

"There's a lot of times people say, 'We'll get 'em next week.' Well that's not part of this team's make up," Kubiak said. "There's a belief there that regardless of what happens on any given Sunday, we can find a way to win a football game."

The Titans did just that last week despite spotting Pittsburgh a safety on the opening kickoff, winning 16-9 after holding the Steelers' offense to 195 total yards and keeping them scoreless until 1:23 remained.

Jurrell Casey and Zach Brown each had two sacks for Tennessee.

The Titans allowed a league-worst 29.4 points per game last season while ranking 27th by giving up 374.9 yards per game. They hadn't allowed a team to gain fewer total yards since holding Pittsburgh to 127 in a 19-11 loss Sept. 19, 2010.

"That's what we're going to try to do all season long and keep fighting and not let the past keep up with us and turn this thing around for ourselves," Casey said. "We got a little swagger to us."

Tennessee took a cautious approach offensively, rushing 42 times for 112 yards while Jake Locker completed 11 of his 20 attempts for 125 yards. Chris Johnson rushed for 70 yards on 25 carries, and backup Jackie Battle scored the team's lone touchdown.

Coach Mike Munchak, though, doesn't believe his offense is one-dimensional.

"Next week it may be having to pass 40 times rather than run it 40 times, so we feel we have the people to do it either way," Munchak said.

The Titans will be tested by a Houston defense that will return end Antonio Smith and hopes to have safety Ed Reed in the lineup.

Smith served a one-game suspension for ripping off the helmet of Miami's Richie Incognito in the preseason, while Reed is still recovering from offseason hip surgery.

Kubiak said it's a wait-and-see approach with Reed in practice this week.

"I think we're very close," Kubiak said. "Does he take more of a load than he did last week? We'll see, but I know we're very, very close. I think it's still a day-to-day thing right now."

Houston won both meetings last season, forcing nine turnovers while not committing any. Foster ran for 86 yards and a touchdown in a 38-14 win Sept. 30 before the Texans overcame 141 yards rushing from Johnson in a 24-10 victory Dec. 2.

Locker committed five turnovers in that loss.

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