The Houston Texans (8-5) head to Nashville this weekend for a critical AFC South showdown with the Tennessee Titans (8-5). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 15th at Nissan Stadium and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Titans listed as 3-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Tennessee is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 51 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 15 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Titans vs Texans Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Texans saw their two game winning streak come to an end last weekend after falling 38-24 at home against Denver to drop to 8-5 on the season overall. Houston gave up 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, coming up two touchdowns short on the scoreboard at the end of the game. QB Deshaun Watson certainly wasn’t at his best, throwing two interceptions and going 28/50 for 292 passing yards and a touchdown through the air. Watson did have some success on the ground though, finding the end zone on two of his six carries for 44 rushing yards. WR DeAndre Hopkins led the way for the receiving corps, torching the Broncos secondary for 120 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Overall, the Texans generated well over 400 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns in the loss.
Houston really struggled defensively against the Broncos, giving up almost 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. The Texans had no answer for Denver TE Noah Fant, allowing him to rack up 113 receiving yards and a touchdown on just four catches.
The Titans won their fourth consecutive game last weekend, crushing Oakland 42-21 on the road to improve to 8-5 on the season overall. Tennessee got off to a slow start defensively but dominated both sides of the ball over the final two quarters, outscoring the Raiders 21-0 en route to a double-digit victory. QB Ryan Tannehill played well, going 21/27 for 391 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. RB Derrick Henry also chipped in, rumbling for 103 rushing yards and two touchdowns on a game-high 18 carries. A.J. Brown also got in on the scoring parade, exploding for 153 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. As a whole, the Titans gained over 550 total yards and found the end zone five times on offense in the blowout win.
Tennessee had an average outing on the other side of the ball against the Raiders, surrendering over 350 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Titans defense did have a strong showing against the run, limiting Oakland to just 97 net rushing yards.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Texans +3
While I am also at least slightly tempted by the UNDER on 51 total points scored, the Titans offense has really been firing on all cylinders as of late while their defense has been average at best. In fact, the total has now gone over 50 total points in five out of Tennessee’s last six games overall, so the current number of 51 seems pretty bang on considering that the Texans have a ton of talent on offense. Of course, it isn’t exactly like either side against the spread screams value in this matchup either, as this game could easily go either way. Therefore, I’m leaning towards taking the field goal and rolling with the road underdog in this particular spot.
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It is also important to note that Houston has really dominated this AFC South rivalry against the spread in recent years, as the Texans have now covered the number in seven out of their last ten meetings with Tennessee overall. Houston is also a rock-solid 4-2 against the spread over their last six road games as well. On the other side, the Titans have really been playing well over the past several months, going a very impressive 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games. Ultimately, this is a matchup that I will likely avoid betting altogether. If forced to pick a side against the spread, I’ll take my chances with the free points in a battle the Texans could very well win outright. Give me Houston to cover.