Preview: Houston at Tennessee

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 26, 2014
Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee


With their season slipping away and starting quarterback Jake Locker still injured, the Tennessee Titans are ready for another shake-up under center. Rookie Zach Mettenberger will take over for Charlie Whitehurst and become the team's third different starting quarterback Sunday at home against the Houston Texans. A sixth-round pick out of LSU, Mettenberger has played in one game but some are hopeful he will eventually put an end to the Titans' constant quarterback shuffle.

One of Tennessee's five different starting quarterbacks (including Mettenberger) over the past three seasons was Ryan Fitzpatrick, who played in 11 games for the Titans in 2013 before assuming the helm for Houston this season. The veteran from Harvard has had an up-and-down campaign but has been in the mix during a brutal three-game losing streak, including a 30-23 loss at Pittsburgh on Monday that saw the Texans blow an early 13-0 lead. Houston hopes to have rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the league's No. 1 pick, back from a knee injury that has sidelined him for six straight games.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Texans -2.5. O/U: 42.5

ABOUT THE TEXANS (3-4):
Houston has to clean things up offensively to have any chance of turning around a slide that has seen it commit costly turnovers, including two that helped Pittsburgh post 24 points in less than three minutes of a jaw-dropping stretch before halftime. "It was miserable, a terrible display of football," Fitzpatrick said after the game. Fitzpatrick has seven interceptions against five touchdowns over his last five games and may be feeling the heat from backup Ryan Mallett, although coach Bill O'Brien said this week that Fitzpatrick remains the starter.

ABOUT THE TITANS (2-5): Tennessee knows all about sloppy play, committing 10 more penalties in a 19-17 loss at Washington last week and ranking fifth overall in penalties (57) and fourth in penalty yards (519). Several of the infractions have occurred along the injury-marred offensive line, including six of that variety versus the Redskins. Losing five or 10 yards here and there can be damaging for a team that has lost leads in the final two minutes of play twice in the last three weeks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Texans LB Brian Cushing will miss at least this week with a lingering knee issue.

2. Titans RB Shonn Greene needs 92 yards to reach 4,000 for his career.

3. Houston DE J.J. Watt has 20.5 sacks in 19 games against division opponents.

PREDICTION: Texans 23, Titans 20

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Houston 3-4 L3 22.1 21.4 2-1 1-3 3-2 0-2 0-1 0-1 2-2
Tennessee 2-5 L1 17.3 24.6 1-2 1-3 2-3 0-2 0-0 1-1 2-3

Last Meeting

Houston Tennessee
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/29/13 HOU 10 TEN 16 288 65 223 311 151 160

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
HOU M. Schaub 64.7 229 0 2
TEN R. Fitzpatrick 62.5 166 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
HOU J. Grimes 16 50 3.1 1
TEN C. Johnson 27 127 4.7 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
HOU J. Grimes 6 76 12.7 0
TEN K. Wright 5 50 10.0 0
TDs Player TD
HOU J. Grimes 1
TEN C. Johnson 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
HOU R. Fitzpatrick 65.1 1530 8 7
TEN J. Locker 58.0 764 4 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
HOU A. Foster 126 615 4.9 5
TEN B. Sankey 66 267 4.0 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
HOU A. Johnson 39 496 12.7 1
TEN D. Walker 31 438 14.1 3
TDs Player TD
HOU A. Foster 6
TEN K. Wright 4

Quickchart Matchup

Houston Off vs  Tennessee Def
345 yards
371.6 yards
4.2 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
7.8 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt
Tennessee Off vs  Houston Def
320.3 yards
387.3 yards
4.5 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
1.5
-110
43.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
3.5
-110
42.5
Sportsbook
-110
3.5
-110
42.5
5Dimes.eu
100
3
-110
42
GTBets.eu
100
3
-110
42
Top Bet
100
3
-110
42
BetOnline.ag
100
3
-110
42
BetDSI
-105
3
-110
41.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
3.5
-110
42.5
BookMaker.eu
-105
3
-110
41.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
100
3
-110
42
Mirage
105
3
-110
42
Station
-120
3.5
-110
42.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Houston Overall Tennessee
3-4 W/L 2-5
4-3-0 ATS 2-4-1
4-3-0 O/U 2-5-0
22.1 Pts For 17.3
21.4 Pts Against 24.6
Houston A/H Tennessee
1-3 W/L 1-2
2-2-0 ATS 0-2-1
3-1-0 O/U 1-2-0
21.8 Pts For 18.0
23.5 Pts Against 23.0