Gridiron Gab Week Four Preview – Tennessee at Houston

Last week the Texans improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 31-25 victory over Denver on the road.

The Texans hung on after surrendering two unanswered touchdowns in the final 9:49 for the win, and look this week to follow it up at home vs the Titans.

Houston has the looks of a Super Bowl contender this season, and while the win in Denver was nice, they can’t afford to come home vs Jake Locker and the young Titans and afford to take it easy.

Defense has been key for Houston to start the year, as they are third in the league in scoring defense with 14.0 points per game and second in total defense with 255.7 yards per contest.

“They were proud of winning the game, but they were disappointed that they didn’t close the game in a type of fashion we had played three quarters and five minutes,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “The way we had played the game there we’re in great shape with 10 minutes (left). … They understand that if they just play good football, they’re going to win their games.”

Houston’s last four-game winning streak came during a team-best seven-game run that started with a 41-7 road victory over Tennessee on October 23rd.

Tennessee had an emotional 44-41 shootout vs the Lions last Sunday that found them taking home their first win of 2012 in overtime.

The Titans though are giving up a ton of points, a league-high 37.7 per game, and they are giving up 150.3 rushing yards a contest, good news for Arian Foster.

Foster has 294 yards on a league-high 79 carries. The Texans lead the league in time of possession at 36 minutes, 34 seconds.

Matt Schaub got beat up a little last week, but should be just fine for Sunday, and will look to get the ball downfield to Andre Johnson as the Titans young secondary gets a serious test from the Texans.

Chris Johnson has to give Tennessee some sort of run game, last week he rushed for just 24 yards, and this season has 45 yards on 33 carries.

Locker played well against a beat up Lions secondary last week, but won’t that type of success vs the Texans.

Houston 34 Tennessee 16

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