The Texans (10-1) can clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win or tie Sunday when they visit Tennessee, where they've won two of the last three meetings. A win would also give Houston (10-1) 11 victories for the first time in franchise history. The Titans (4-7) had an opportunity last week after their bye to put themselves within one game of the AFC's final playoff spot. Instead they became the first visiting team to lose in Jacksonville this season, falling 24-19.
The Titans' 327.7 yards per game rank 24th and their 17.5 first downs are 29th. They settled for five field-goal attempts against the Jaguars. Jake Locker is 32 of 61 for 383 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in two games since returning from a shoulder injury he initially suffered early in a 38-14 loss at Houston on Sept. 30. Houston's Arian Foster leads the league with 12 rushing touchdowns and is second with 1,064 yards, and Ben Tate could be back in the mix Sunday after missing four straight games with a hamstring injury.
Andre Johnson posted the best two-game total of receiving yards in NFL history with 461 in the last two contests, and he could be in for another big day against a Titans defense that gave up eight passing plays of more than 20 yards to the Jaguars. Tennessee's Chris Johnson has averaged 122.0 rushing yards in his last six games dating back to Oct. 11, the second-most in the NFL during that span. He recorded 141 yards on 25 carries against Houston on Sept. 30, but was held to 18 yards on 10 attempts in a 41-7 home loss to the Texans last season.
This should be a game that the Texans easily win. Tennessee has not had much of a home advantage thus far this year and despite two weeks of struggling against inferior teams, the Texans will live up to their billing and return to the form representing the AFC's elite.