Titans look to lock down AFC No. 1 seed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Titans (11-5) can secure the AFC playoff seed with a victory Sunday at Houston.

The Titans are also trying to avenge one of their worst losses of the season when they lost 22-13 to the Texans after turning the ball over five times.

“I remind you, winning takes care of everything,” said head coach Mike Vrabel, “We’re trying to keep improving and playing our best football late, and we’ve done that for the last six quarters in team. We are complementary. We take care of the ball. Focused on the keys that we think will win every week, then it’s another challenge this week.

It looks like a favorable game for a Titans defense that has given up just 39 points in the last four games. They’re also trying to lock in the title as the number one NFL Rush Defense.

Key additions like Bud Dupree, Denico Autry and Zach Cunningham made a difference, but Vrabel says it’s simpler than that.

“I think stopping the run is all about mentality, being great tacklers and everybody doing their job. I’m proud of how we stopped the run, but there were too many lost runs last week against the Dolphins. They just have to stop making it work, there are a lot of things that come into play and not just looking at the numbers some people like to do,” Vrabel said.

NFL Rush Defense

  1. Baltimore – 1,357 yards
  2. Tennessee – 1,374 yards
  3. Tampa Bay – 1,463 yards

The Titans face a Houston point offense that is one of the worst in the league averaging just 84 yards per game, just 3.4 yards per carry and a league-worst 8 rushing touchdowns.

The Texans rushed for more than 180 yards two weeks ago in a shocking 41-29 upset against the Chargers. That’s the number the Titans have scored on defense this week.

The Texans have turned to rookie quarterback Davis Mills, so the Titans won’t have to deal with the mobility of Tyrod Taylor this time around.

Davis Mills 2021 season

  • 2,363 passing yards
  • 13 touchdowns
  • 10 interceptions
  • 29 bags

Offensively, the Titans point to a single stat and it was the five turnovers that plagued them in Game 1.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had one of his worst games with interceptions. “Obviously it’s not a great game. Certainly the things we need to clean up and I think we’ve cleaned up since that game,” Tannehill said, “I’m excited to come out and play good football for four quarters and show what we can do.

The Titans won’t have running back Derrick Henry back for the regular season finale. They picked him up to return from his foot injury on Wednesday but didn’t activate him for Sunday’s game. Instead, they will continue to rely on D’Onta Foreman who has had three 100-yard games since Henry’s fall.

D’Onta Foreman Stats

  • 112 door
  • 497 yards
  • 4.4 meters per span
  • 3 touchdowns

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Foreman and the Titans haven’t put it back in the past two weeks. If they can play football without a turnover in Houston, they’ll probably come away with a win. Houston is +3 in turnover this season.

The Titans grab the AFC’s top seed, a first-round bye and home-court advantage in the AFC playoffs with a win. The Chiefs (12-5) beat Denver 28-24 on Saturday and would secure the top seed with a loss to the Titans.

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