The heated rivalry between the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans will continue on Sunday as both teams look to build off of last week's wins.
The Titans are coming off their first win of the season after beating the Detroit Lions in an exciting 44-41 OT thriller.
The Titans saw Jake Locker pass for 378 yards against an awful Lions secondary that ranks 20th in the NFL in passing yards. Locker and the Titans will be facing a tougher test this week when they face the Texans and their 2nd ranked defense.
The Texans will look to remain undefeated on the year as they come off a 31-25 win versus Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The Texans are currently ranked 7th in total offense, while the Titans have struggled on defense, ranked 31st overall.
Here are a few things that will happen in Sunday's game that may surprise you...
1. The Texans will not win by double digits.
Las Vegas and the betting public seem to think that this game is going to be a blowout. The Texans are favored by a whopping 12 points.
Yes, the Texans are at home and are undefeated, while the Titans haven't looked good at all. However, four out of the last seven games between these two teams have been decided by 3 points or less. Historically, these two teams play each other very close, and this week will fall right in line with history.
2. J.J. Watt will not record a sack.
The Titans rank 2nd in the NFL in sacks allowed with only two in their first three games.
The Titans made the offensive line their primary focus this offseason and added guard Steve Hutchinson for match ups like this.
J.J. Watt is leading the Texans with 5.5 sacks and has recorded at least 1.5 sacks per game over the first three weeks. Expect Watt to be kept out of the backfield for the first time all season.
3. Jake Locker will throw for more yards and touchdowns than Matt Schaub.
The Texans' offense relies primarily on a rushing attack, ranked 5th in the league. Arian Foster and Ben Tate pack the best one-two punch in the NFL.
With such a successful ground game, Schaub isn't asked to do much outside of a few play action fakes and the occasional deep ball to Andre Johnson.
Jake Locker, on the other hand, has been, and will be, asked to air it out given the lack of a running game. The Titans enter this game ranked dead last in rushing with a horrendous 117 yards through three games. Chris Johnson is playing the worst football of his career.
Given their troubles on the ground, and the chance that they could fall behind early, we will be seeing plenty of Locker's arm in this one.
In the end, expect another Texans victory, but by a closer margin than what is expected. The home field advantage will definitely play a role in the Texans victory by a score of 28-21.