The Houston Texans are facing injuries to their top two players, Mario Williams and Andre Johnson, and suffered a tough loss to the New Orleans Saint last week.
Just what the Titans needed.
Tennessee faced a battered at beaten Steelers defense who were missing James Harrison, Brett Keisel, and Casey Hampton. The Titans struggled to move the ball and Johnson was held to only 51 yards.
If the Titans want to win the football game, it is certain that they will need to get Johnson moving early and often. By spreading the field with Hasselbeck playing as well as he has, the Titans could create many problems for a weak Texans secondary.
Hasselbeck has been outstanding since stepping onto the field for the Titans. Several miscues and improperly run routes derailed the Titans against the Steelers, but they will be looking to get it back together against the Texans.
If they want to get their own running game going, they will have to stop their opponent’s and Arian Foster. Foster, the 2010 rushing leader, is looking like the running back of last year. He amassed 155 yards against the Steelers and 68 against the Raiders. If the Titans defend the run like the did against the backup running backs of the Steelers, it could be a tough day.
Look for the Titans to attempt to spread the field early and give Johnson some open space up the middle. Hasselbeck will be able to throw out of this set and could continue his hot streak.
Prediction: Titans 34 – Texans 28