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David Dorey  

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WEEK 7
2011
ATL at DET HOU at TEN * SD at NYJ BAL at JAC (mon)
CHI at TB * IND at NO * SEA at CLE Bye Week
DEN at MIA * KC at OAK * STL at DAL BUF, CIN, NE
*UPDATED GB at MIN * PIT at ARI WAS at CAR NYG, PHI, SF

Prediction: HOU 13, TEN 24

Players to Watch: Jared Cook

The Texans stumbled again when they lost in Baltimore and bring their 3-3 record to Tennessee to decide which team will be the #1 in the AFC South. Facing the Titans without Andre Johnson makes a tough road matchup even worse and the Titans are coming off a bye and are rested and prepared to play this week.

The Texans won 31-17 when they hosted the Texans in 2010 though they were shutout 20-0 in Houston.

Houston Texans
Homefield: Reliant Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 IND 34-7 10 @TB -
2 @MIA 23-13 11 Bye -
3 @NO 33-40 12 @JAC -
4 PIT 17-10 13 ATL -
5 OAK 20-25 14 @CIN -
6 @BAL 14-29 15 CAR -
7 @TEN - 16 @IND -
8 JAC - 17 TEN -
9 CLE -      
Texans Report | Statistics | Roster
HOUSTON at TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Schaub - - 260,1
RB Arian Foster 80 40 -
TE Joel Dreesen - 20 -
TE Owen Daniels - 60,1 -
WR Derrick Mason - 40 -
WR Kevin Walter - 50 -
WR Jacoby Jones - 30 -
PK Neil Rackers 2 FG 1 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Texans struggled across the board in Baltimore and now on a two game losing streak need to turn the team around. But playing in Tennessee is about as bad as it will get given the Titans want to take a lead in the AFC South. The Texans schedule lightens up after this week and Johnson is expected back as early as next week.

QUARTERBACK: Matt Schaub needed an MRI on his hip after the Baltimore game but it came back fine and Schaub is expected to be good to go this week. He only passed for 220 yards and one touchdown but has also been bothered by a shore shoulder as well. But Schaub scored in every game this year and had good yardage until last week.

Schaub passed for 325 yards and two scores in Tennessee last year.

The Titans gave up an uncharacteristic five scores to Ben Roethlisberger in the last game played but otherwise had been outstanding allowing only four touchdowns over the first four weeks and only once giving more than 200 pass yards. Without Johnson and on the road, expect a more sedate Schaub with a moderate showing.

RUNNING BACKS: Arian Foster has only managed one decent game as a runner this year when he gained 155 yards on the visiting Steelers. Otherwise he has been far less effective. Aside from the one good game, Foster has combined for only 150 yards on 47 carries for a 3.0 yard average. He had just one touchdown on the season and only once ran for more than 68 yards in a game. His role as a receiver has helped prop up his fantasy value but overall - Foster has been a disappointment.

Foster only gained 15 yards on 11 carries in Tennessee. He did add six catches for 46 yards in that game.

The Titans have given up just one rushing touchdown this year and at home play much better. Expect a moderate game here from Foster with a touchdown less likely to happen.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Derrick Mason came over in a trade last week and was quickly inserted into the lineup. He ended with three catches for 27 yards in Baltimore and gets another start this week with Andre Johnson still out from hamstring surgery. Johnson may be back next week depending on his recovery. Jacoby Jones finally had a decent showing with 76 yards and a score on four catches against the Ravens but that's about the same totals as his first five games combined produced. Kevin Walter still had 52 yards on six receptions after laying down a touchdown and 81 yards the previous week without Andre Johnson around.

Johnson accounted for a touchdown on his six catches for 58 yards in Tennessee last year. Walter added 79 yards and a score on seven receptions.

The Titans at home have not allowed any wide receiver to score or gain more than 50 yards against them. The Steelers had success last week with this defense but no one else has and the Texans come in as a threat to the Titans standing in the division. This should be only moderate yardage gains for the receivers since there are now three viable targets.

TIGHT ENDS: Owen Daniels was double covered by the Ravens and ended with only 13 yards on two catches in Baltimore. He had been on a stretch of 70+ yard efforts that had three touchdowns in four games. Even Joel Dreesen who had 112 yards on five catches was blanked last week. With Johnson out, Daniels would normally be the #1 target for Schaub so it depends on how the Titans elect to cover him.

Owens (4-45) and Dreessen (4-36) did not score in Tennessee last season.

Expect a bounce back from Daniels this week and even HC Gary Kubiak said he would make it a priority to bet Owens more involved this week. The Titans have been wearer against the position too with three scores allowed to the position in just the last two games. The Titans have not faced any top end tight ends so far as well.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points HOU 14 6 24 7 11 9
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 12 14 8 20 12 2


Tennessee Titans
Homefield: LP Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @JAC 14-16 10 @CAR -
2 BAL 26-13 11 @ATL -
3 DEN 17-14 12 TB -
4 @CLE 31-13 13 @BUF -
5 @PIT 17-38 14 NO -
6 Bye - 15 @IND -
7 HOU - 16 JAC -
8 IND - 17 @HOU -
9 CIN -      
Titans Report | Statistics | Roster
TENNESSEE vs HOU Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Hasselbeck - - 260,2
RB Chris Johnson 90,1 20 -
TE Jared Cook - 50,1 -
WR Lavelle Hawkins - 20 -
WR Nate Washington - 80,1 -
WR Damian Williams - 60 -
PK Rob Bironas 1 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Titans come off their bye after stewing about their loss to the Steelers. But they open with three straight home games that combined with a win over the Texans this week should keep them well ahead in the division entering the final stretch. Chris Johnson may be waking up and Matt Hasselbeck has been more than solid. More so the defense has been outstanding in almost every game.

QUARTERBACK: While Matt Hasselbeck may not help anyone win their league, he is certainly not hurting anyone. WIth a score in every game and nine on the season, he's already on a pace to surpass anything seen in Tennessee for a long time. He has never thrown for less than 220 yards and averages 283 yards per game. The loss of Kenny Britt might hurt a little, but Hasselbeck remains a decent starting fantasy quarterback.

Kerry Collins passed for 237 yards and two scores against the visiting Texans last year.

The Texans secondary has been decent though faced mostly bad passing teams and Drew Brees posted 370 yards and three scores on them. Figure on Hasselbeck being safe for at least one score and moderate yardage and more likely to once again be above average for the week. His only two home games so far never produced less than 311 yards though those had Kenny Britt.

RUNNING BACKS: The Running Back Formerly Known as Chris Johnson still hasn't broken from his holdout inspired funk. He had 100 yards on 23 carries in Cleveland but only 11 yards on two catches and never scored until the Steeler game in week five when he only gained 51 yards on 14 carries. Overall CJ2K has only gained 250 yards on 83 runs over five games. That is only a 3.0 yard per carry average. He's turned in a few catches per game but there is no denying that he has been a colossal disappointment to those who drafted him. The theory that he just needed the reps to get back on track without a training camp ends now.

Johnson gained 130 yards on 24 carries and added a touchdown on the Texans last year. Even Javon Ringer had a score in that game.

The Texans haven't faced many decent rushing teams so far and Ray Rice just laid 101 rushing yards on them with 60 more as a receiver. Johnson should have good yardage in this game if only because of a volume of carries with an even chance for one touchdown. With a bye week to prepare, this is the exact sort of game that Johnson should show up and earn his paycheck.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The last couple of games without Kenny Britt has not seen anyone turn in more than about 70 yards but as a group they are getting the job done. Nate Washington has been consistent with at least 60 yards or more every week and now Damian Williams has scored in the last two Britt-less games and even had 66 yards on six receptions in Pittsburgh. Both Marc Mariani and Lavelle Hawkins remain nonfactors.

Kenny Britt gained 128 yards on six catches in the Texans game last year while Justin Gage and Washington (2-20) both scored once.

There is nothing that special with the Texans secondary and this is a nice spot for Washington to pick up a score and Damian Williams to at least log decent yardage. Washington is the safest play because he always gets the yardage but the Texans on the road have been inclined to be more susceptible to wide receivers - particularly if Johnson can get into gear this week.

TIGHT ENDS: If any player has stepped much in the absence of Kenny Britt, it has actually been more Jared Cook who had 93 yards and one score in Cleveland and then 59 yards on four receptions in Pittsburgh. He's definitely worth tracking in this home game to see if he maintains his elevated role in the game plan.

The Texans have been great against the position but have only faced one tight end that gets much use - Jimmy Graham (4-100, TD).

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 11 29 9 11 20 14
Preventing Fantasy Points HOU 10 10 17 4 19 3

WEEK 7
2011
ATL at DET HOU at TEN SD at NYJ BAL at JAC (mon)
CHI at TB IND at NO SEA at CLE Bye Week
DEN at MIA KC at OAK STL at DAL BUF, CIN, NE
  GB at MIN PIT at ARI WAS at CAR NYG, PHI, SF

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