Week 13 NFL odds: Texans vs. Titans

Bob Levey

A Houston team playing for home-field advantage is a road favorite over a Tennessee team whose season is rapidly circling the drain.

The Texans, a team many prognosticators have pegged as the best in the NFL, have looked surprisingly mortal in recent weeks, with narrow OT wins over the 4-7 Lions and 2-9 Jaguars.

Their game against the 4-7 Titans this weekend, a rematch of a 38-14 Houston victory on Sep. 30, could be an opportunity for the ailing Texans pass defense to get back on track.

Houston is a -5.5 point road favorite, a big number for a divisional game on the road, even against a team struggling as much as Tennessee.

The Titans are now 1-1 with Jake Locker back on the field, as the talented young QB has been inconsistent in his first two starts since coming back from an early-season shoulder injury, which caused him to miss their first game with the Texans.

Locker completed only 9-of-21 passes in their win over Miami and then threw 2 INTs in their loss to Jacksonville last week. A match-up with the Houston pass defense, ranked 17th in the NFL, could be an opportunity for him to regain the momentum he started the year with.

And if the Texans can't hold Locker in check, it may raise questions about their ability to get through playoff games against Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in January.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.