Titans and Texans meet

02 December 2017 20:15:54 GMTPlus11
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey.

Two AFC South Division teams heading in different directions meet this weekend when then Tennessee Titans welcome in the Houston Texans to the Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

The Titans, 51.00 to win Super Bowl LII, are tied for first place in the Division with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but currently own the tiebreaker having defeated Jacksonville at the EverBank Stadium in Week 2 of the campaign. Both teams are 7-4, but Tennessee have the unenviable distinction of being the only Division leader with a negative point differential.

Meanwhile, the Houston Texans sit at 4-7 with a team that has been hammered by injuries. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is lost for the year with a torn ACL while running back D'Onta Foreman and defensive end JJ Watt are also on injured reserve.

Moreover Watson's injury will impact the former Clemson star when he returns next year with such injuries normally taking at least 18 months to fully heal even if a player comes back in under a year.

The Titans' run in for the final five games also includes home contests with the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars while Tennessee will visit the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.

Houston on the other hand have home games against the Niners and the Pittsburgh Steelers and travel to take on the Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts in addition to Sunday's game in Nashville.

Despite trailing because of the tiebreaker there's a sneaking suspicion that Jacksonville are actually the better team in the Division.

The Colts are the visitors to Northern Florida over the weekend and the Jaguars continue to lead the NFL in points allowed. Jacksonville control their own destiny and it would be something of a surprise if they did not make the post-season.

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