The Tennessee Titans are 6½-point American football betting favorites against the Houston Texans, but according to the former’s players, if they do beat the latter, it will be simply to remain atop the AFC South, and not as revenge for Houston’s 57-14 thrashing of Tennessee in week 4. “Nope, don’t feel like we owe them one,” Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. “They got us. They whupped our butt. That happened. But in the back of our minds, I know everybody knows that. At the end of the day, we got to go out there, we can’t play frustrated. We can’t play angry. We got to play smart football, and that’s the only way we’re going to be able to win.”
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 1, 2017
- Date: Sunday, 3rd December
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: Nissan Stadium
- Sportsbook NFL Odds:
Texans +6½ (-106) 42½ (-110) +263
Titans -6½ (-114) 42½ (-110) -325
Don’t be that guy
Titans QB Marcus Mariota has thrown six picks in the last two games for a career-worst 12 interceptions this season. “I think it hurts our team, it puts our team in bad situations, and I never want to be that guy,” Mariota said. “I just want to continue to make plays, give guys around me the opportunity to make plays. I’ve just got to get better and not allow those types of things to hurt our team.” fortunately for Tennessee, running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry have got Mariota’s back, combining for eight touchdowns and five plays of 20 yards or more this season. The Titans have won five of their last six games but haven’t been as reliable in terms covering, either in general (1-3-1 ATS in its last five games) or against the Texans (7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings).in addition, the Titans are 8-27-2 against the American football betting spread in their last 37 games playing divisional opponents and are 5-1 SU in their last six games following a loss in the previous game in a matchup.
The Tom Tom Club
Mariota isn’t the only one throwing interceptions left and right. Texans signal-caller Tom Savage has thrown more picks than TDs, five to four, including two in Houston’s 23-16 loss to Baltimore on Monday, and has been sacked 15 times for good measure. “Tom’s got to do a better job of protecting the ball,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. Maybe he can wrap it in a blanket, put it in a carriage, pretend it’s a baby, and then let the carriage roll down some steps in hopes Kevin Costner will catch it. One of the few saving graces for Houston is DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the league with nine touchdown catches, and ranks second in the AFC with 1,004 receiving yards. The Texans are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven playing AFC teams, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall ,and 1-4 against the American football betting spread in their last five games playing AFC South opponents.