NFL Preview: Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans Injury Updates, Predictions

October 18, 2020 3:00 pm

Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans have been impressive over the last five weeks. They remain unbeaten after four games with a perfect record in the league. Last week’s 42-16 win at home against the Buffalo Bills was proof of how far the Titans have progressed under Vrabel.

Meanwhile, the Houston Texans started their post-Bill O’Brien era with a convincing win in Week Five. That was their first win of the ongoing 2020 NFL season. Deshaun Watson will need to lead his team to a couple more wins over the next two weeks if the Texans want to make the playoffs in 2020.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Six game day predictions.

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Tennessee Titans hoping to maintain unbeaten run under coach Mike Vrabel

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry were the two standout performers for the Titans in Week Five. Henry’s one-hand stiff-arm on Bills DT Logan Ryan will certainly intimidate his opponents in the coming weeks. Coach Vrabel has found a strong balance on his offense with players firing on all cylinders in 2020.

Wideouts Kalif Raymond and Jonnu Smith will be at Tannehill’s disposal apart from the explosive Derrick Henry, of course. But the Titans defense led by Rashaan Evans and Co. will be key for the home team against Deshaun Watson’s dual-threat. DL DaQuan Jones could miss out on the game with a knee concern.

Can Deshaun Watson lead the Houston Texans to their second win?

Interim coach Romeo Crennel started his Houston Texans tenure with a 30-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will look to build on that and boost the morale within the team by beating the Titans tonight. Deshaun Watson will rely on RB David Johnson and WR Will Fuller for support at the Nissan Stadium on Sunday.

TE Jordan Atkins is listed as ‘questionable’. DE JJ Watt will have to lead the defense against an efficient Titans offense. They will need to be flawless in order to stop the home team, especially the dangerous Derrick Henry.

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NFL Preview: Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans Injury Updates

Tennessee – Questionable

DL DaQuan Jones – Knee

Houston – Questionable

LB Peter Kalambayi – Hamstring

RB Buddy Howell – Hamstring

TE Jordan Akins – Ankle/Concussion

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Titans vs Texans Prediction

Tennessee Titans 38 – 25 Houston Texans

Sep 20, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket as Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon (99) applies defensive pressure during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their knee-jerk win against the Jaguars last weekend, we think the Titans will once again have a comfortable day at the office tonight. Barring an injury to key players such as Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry, we don’t see the Texans coming away with a win in Week Six.

Deshaun Watson needs to put in a strong individual display. His teammates are clearly low in confidence at the moment. Maybe he can pull off an upset tonight?

Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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