NFL preview: Houston vs. Tennessee

Starting 2-0, with an opening day win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Houston Texans (5-8) seemed poised for a playoff run, but a string of disappointing losses in mid-season, four straight and six of seven, doomed 2010 as a season of disappointment. The capper was a 34-28 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, after the team had come back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter. Now, the Texans must play the Tennessee Titans (5-8) in Week 15 of the NFL season in a game between two disappointing AFC South teams.

Head Coach Gary Kubiak took some heat for the overtime loss with some questionable play-calling but, for the most part, the offense has been a productive unit this season while the pass defense really has let the team down this season. Despite the disappointing season, several Houston offensive players have amassed some impressive stats. Quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown for 3,482 yards and 20 TDs, running back Arian Foster has gained 1,330 yards and 13 TDs, and WR Andre Johnson has 80 receptions for 1,158 yards and 7 TDs. The pass defense, though, has allowed a whopping 29 touchdown passes to opposing quarterbacks, worst in the league, and has allowed 355 points on the season.

Tennessee has lost six straight games and in a season that rapidly collapsed after injuries to Kerry Collins and Vince Young. Quarterback Collins threw three touchdown passes in last week’s loss to the Colts, but it has been too little, too late. With so many losses, questions have to be hovering around head coach Jeff Fisher, the longest tenured coach in the NFL, though rumors of his demise have not surfaced yet.

The Titans are favored by -1 ½ at home.

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