March 22, 2018

Texans vs. Titans: The Final Audition

With the hay in the barn, so to speak, the Houston Texans have one more game before they make their debut in the NFL playoffs. This game on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans is a big game for the Titans and their playoff hopes. If any one is wondering this it what the Titans need to do to make their playoff aspirations come true.


Tennessee clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie OR

2)    TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie OR

3)    TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win


If the Titans get everything to fall their way, they will be headed to Houston for the Wild Card round in the playoffs. Since we have that taken care of the Texans still need to take care of business on Sunday for their own sake.


It sounds like Head Coach Gary Kubiak is going to treat this week like any other, and rightfully so. The Texans have been lackluster the past two weeks and are not in the position to start resting people, the Texans have to work themselves out of this funk. The only player scheduled for any type of rest is Andre Johnson who is on a 15-20 play count, but Johnson seems to be chomping at the bit to get out on the field.


In the final regular season game the Texans need to concentrate on:


1. Getting the offense back on track and finding what made them successful against the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans have to throw the ball as much as they can against the Titans to work all the issues they have been experiencing. Even if they don’t complete a deep pass, the Texans still need to show the Titans that they are not scared to do it.


2. Put pressure on the safeties, and by this attacking them with tightends and wide receivers vertically to keep them honest and out of the box. Safeties sitting in the box make it difficult for the Texans zone scheme to block because it puts another player in the box to block. This goes with what we said in #1, and this starts with the passing game.


3. Keep Chris Johnson under wraps. I really don’t care what he has done the previous 15 games, just know he can be a game breaker if he gets it right. It could start on Sunday, and the Texans will have to get to him early and often. If the Titans can run the ball with Johnson they all of a sudden become a dangerous team.


4. Keep Jake Locker on the sideline. The Texans need to keep Matt Hasselbeck on the field, and with Locker very mobile and better outside the pocket throwing the ball, he has shown he can create big plays. The Texans would rather have the stationary target in Hasselbeck instead of the mobile Locker.


Let’s hope the Texans find success and enter the playoffs on a high note with a win over the Titans.




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