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Titans Host Texans at Nissan Stadium in First of Two Games to Close Season

Titans Host Texans at Nissan Stadium in First of Two Games to Close Season

The playoff run continues on Sunday in arguably the biggest game the Titans will play at Nissan Stadium this season. Three games remain left on the schedule as the playoff race is as tight as it ever has been.

Playoff Picture

The win last weekend at Oakland was massive in the Titans playoff campaign. The win keeps Oakland at a distance and puts the Titans just outside the wild card spot. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold on to the final spot due to a better divisional record.

The Steelers get one more divisional game at Baltimore at the end of the season. They also play the Buffalo Bills Sunday which is a big positive for the Titans. Buffalo and Pittsburgh each hold on to a wild card spot, with one of them recording the loss an opportunity could arise for the Titans.

The other route is to win the division outright. This could happen a number of ways. Beating the Texans in both games would be the ideal scenario. If they split the two games, the Titans would need to beat the Saints next week and hope for a Texan loss at Tampa Bay.

Titans Host Texans at Nissan Stadium in First of Two Games to Close Season
Derrick Henry’s game against Kansas City marked a season-high in yards (188) and tied his touchdown high (2). (photo by bostonglobe.com).

Make Sure Henry Gets Going

Derrick Henry has been the workhorse for this Titan offense all season. When he succeeds the team succeeds.

The Titans are 6-0 when Henry runs for 90 yards or more. When he’s held to less they are just 2-5. In each loss, this season Henry has failed to gain more than 82 yards.

Derrick Henry has gone over 100 yards in each of the last four games. He’s been a big reason for the Titans four-game winning streak. The offense is more dynamic and allows quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be more dynamic with the defense having to prepare for Henry each play.

In games Henry has run for over 100 yards the Titans have run away with the game in every game with the Kansas City game being the lone exception. They’ve won by 14 or more points on each occasion.

Defense and Special Teams Tip the Balance

Not enough can be said about the Tennessee Titans defense and special teams this season. It seems they’ve had major plays in each of their wins during this playoff run.

Jurrell Casey has been responsible for two huge stops to seal the win in back to back weeks to start the streak. He stuffed and stripped San Diego’s Melvin Gordon on the goal line to secure the win in week 7. The following weekend he stuffed Tampa Bay’s Peyton Barber to stall the Buccaneers game-winning drive attempt with under 2 minutes to go.

Rashaan Evans followed that up with a 53-yard scoop and score in the Kansas City game. Two weeks later Tye Smith would a blocked Colts field goal all the way to the house for a 63-yard touchdown. The score was a potential 10 point swing and put the Titans ahead with just over five minutes to go.

And then last week, Jayon Brown scooped a Raider fumble and took it 47 yards to put the game even further out of reach. The Titans’ defense and their special teams are making plays seemingly every week. Expect this week to be no different.

 

 

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