Titans vs Texans: Week 16 Primer

By Jawuan Williams

With 3 weeks left in the regular season and the division up for grabs, every game becomes more crucial. The Titans (7-7)  must find a way to win this week as the Houston Texans (1-11-1) comes to Nashville in this week’s Christmas Eve matchup. Kickoff is Saturday, December 24, 2022 at Nissan Stadium. Start time is at 12:00 CDT.

This is the second of two annual games between the AFC South rivals. In Oct.

30, the Titans visited NRG Stadium and defeated the Texans by a final score of 17-10.

It was the Titans’ fourth win in a five-game span against Houston. The Titans will be playing their first Saturday game in the regular season since 2018, when they hosted Washington Commanders and prevailed 25-16.

Game Information

Houston Texans  @ Tennessee

Game Time: 12:00p.m. CDT

Location: Nissan Stadium

TV: WTVF NewsChannel 5

TV Broadcast Crew: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, and Amanda Renner 

Radio: Titans Radio, 104-5 The Zone

Radio Broadcast Crew: Mike Keith, Dave McGinnis, Amie Wells, Rhett Bryan

Line: Ten -3.0

Over/Under: 35.5

Will The Titans Win?

With the losing their fourth consecutive game last week to the Los Angeles Chargers 17-14, The Titans only have a 1 game lead on the Jacksonville Jaguars (6-8) and Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1). After playing the Texans, the Titans

host the Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 29) before finishing the regular season with a rematch

against the Jaguars in Jacksonville (Jan. 7 or 8). Prior to hosting the Titans in Week 18,

The Jaguars have road games at the New York Jets (Dec. 22) and Houston (Jan. 1). The Colts’ final three games are at home against the Chargers (Dec. 26), at the New York Giants (Jan. 1) and at home against the Texans (Jan. 7 or 8).

With Quarter Ryan Tannerhill likely to be out with a high ankle sprain, The Titans have signed Quarterback Joshua Dobbs from the Detroit Lions practice squad. The former Vol will join Malik Willis on the 53-man roster as the active quarterback.

Houston Texans

Texans hosted the Kansas City Chiefs last week and lost by a final score

of 30-24. The Texans pushed the game to overtime before Chiefs running back Jerick

McKinnon ended the contest with a walk-off rushing touchdown of 26 yards.

3 keys:


The Titans’ injury report is EXTREMELY long. Mike Vrabel preaches a “next man up” mentality, but the titans are dangerously close to running out of guys. They desperately need guys like Denico Autry and Treylon Burks back for a potential playoff run. Speaking of Treylon Burks…..

2. Who will catch this ball this week?

The fact that Chris Conley was your leading receiver with NINETEEN YARDS tells you everything you need to know about where the titans are at the wide receiver position. Don’t believe me? How’s this for a stat: QB Ryan Tannehill averages more than 100 yards more passing per game with Treylon Burks on the field. They need him back on the field this Sunday. Speaking of Tannehill……

3. TanneAnkle: Who will replace him?

Ryan Tannehill re-aggravated his ankle injury in the 1st quarter against the Chargers, leaving his status for Sunday very much in doubt. If he can’t go, it will fall on the shoulders of rookie QB Malik Willis, and RB Derrick Henry to carry the load for this team against the worst run defense in the NFL.