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NFL Betting Preview: Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

December 31, 2023



Two AFC South division opponents will face each other in week 17 of the NFL season when the Tennessee Titans travel to Houston, Texas to face the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium with the game kicking off at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday afternoon and will air on Fox.



The Tennessee Titans enter this game having already been eliminated from playoff contention while having lost three of their last four games and are on a two-game losing streak following a 17-20 loss at home against the Seattle Seahawks in week 16 of the NFL season. The Titans have been one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NFL as they enter this game averaging the 6th fewest points per game with an average of 18.27 points per game. However, Tennessee has been an above-average scoring defense as they enter this game allowing an average of 21.4 points per game which is fewer than the league average of 21.91 points per game. Derrick Henry has been one of the few bright spots for the Titans this season as he leads the team in rushing with 972 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 28 receptions for 214 yards and having thrown two touchdowns this season including a touchdown pass in the game against the Seahawks. The Tennessee Titans will look to end their two-game losing streak when they travel to face the Houston Texans.



Houston has lost two of their last three games including a 22-36 loss at home against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday which has dropped their record to 8-7 on the year. If the playoffs started today the Houston Texans would not make the playoffs as they have the 8th best record in the AFC this season. However, the Texans should get Offensive Rookie of the Year frontrunner, C.J. Stroud, back for this game after he has missed the previous two games with a concussion. Houston has been a below-average scoring team this season as they enter this game averaging 21.87 points per game, however, they have been one of the better passing offenses as they enter this game averaging 248.4 passing yards per game which ranks 7th in the NFL and C.J. Stroud has played a pivotal role in the success of the passing offense for the Texans as he enters this game having completed 275 of 441 attempts for 3,631 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 143 yards and three touchdowns. The Houston Texans will look to bounce back following the loss against the Browns at home when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon in week 17 of the NFL season.



BookMaker has the Houston Texans listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon in week 17 of the NFL season. The teams are 5-5 in the last ten while Houston has won two of the last three meetings. The Texans are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Tennessee Titans are 6-8-1 ATS overall, 2-5 ATS on the road, 5-6-1 ATS as an underdog, and 0-4 ATS in division games this season while the Houston Texans are 7-8 ATS overall, 3-5 ATS at home, 1-5 ATS as a favorite, and 2-2 in division games on the year.



Houston enters this game with a better record and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the previous three meetings. The Texans have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series as they are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups while the Titans have not covered the spread in any of their division games this season with a record of 0-4 ATS in division games. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Houston Texans when they host the Tennessee Titans in week 17 of the NFL season.



Spooky Express Pick: Houston Texans -3