NFL Game Previews: Titans-Texans Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Titans-Texans Matchup

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Tennessee (+6) at Houston, 41.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Story: Another week, another injury scare for Marcus Mariota. Last week's stinger won't cost him a start, but it definitely cost the Titans any chance of beating the Colts, as Blaine Gabbert didn't do much in his absence. Mariota's only missed one full game this season, but it seems like he's only been close to 100 percent healthy for a few of his starts, and facing J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney puts him one missed block away from the sidelines again. Of course, Tennessee beat Houston in the one game Mariota sat out, so maybe it's not such a big deal after all. The Texans have come a long way since then, though, They've won seven straight, making them the hottest team in the AFC and definitely the hottest team no one seems to talk about. That might be because Deshaun Watson hasn't been putting up the fireworks he did as a rookie. He hasn't thrown for more than 300 yards since Week 5 and has only thrown more than two TD passes once all year, but he's still having a strong season, sitting eighth in the league in YPA (seventh, if you lump Tampa's QBs together). His yardage decline is largely a product of the Texans leaning more heavily on Lamar Miller. The RB has 459 scrimmage yards in the five games since Watson last topped 300, and with D'Onta Foreman likely still a

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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