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.
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.
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.
DL DaQuan Jones – Knee
LB Peter Kalambayi – Hamstring
RB Buddy Howell – Hamstring
TE Jordan Akins – Ankle/Concussion
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?