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Texans take on Titans in Week 17 contest

Houston TexansTennessee Titans
2-13December 29, 2013, 01:00 | LP Field6-9

The Houston Texans have one more chance to break their near season-long losing streak.

Or, they can look at their season finale Sunday at Tennessee another way; it'll be a chance to lock up the No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft.

Nothing has gone right for Houston since starting this season 2-0. They've lost so many players to injuries it's been hard to keep track of who's in and who's out. But almost unbelievably the Texans have out-gained their opponents on the season by 33 yards per game.

On the home side of this match-up Tennessee has lost five of its last seven games, going 1-5-1 ATS over that span.

In the early betting the Titans were favored by a touchdown over the Texans at BetOnline.

The Titans sport a record of 6-9 and 6-7-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Texans sit at 2-13 and 3-12 ATS on the season. The over under records are 9-5-1 for the Titans and 9-6 for the Texans.

View Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Titans sat as 6-point favorites at shops such as 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, has been pegged by the oddsmakers at GTbets.eu at 44.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Titans at No. 22 and the Texans at No. 30 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 20-13 result in favor of the Titans.

The Texans were a 37-13 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Broncos. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (50) made winners of UNDER bettors. Tennessee won its last game, 20-16 over Jacksonville on Sunday, behind a 117-yard receiving performance from Nate Washington at EverBank Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tennessee's No. 18-ranked offense (23.07 PPG) against a Texans defense that ranks No. 26 at 27.47 PPG. The Titans passing attack has averaged 222.4 yards per game, more than the Texans give up through the air (197.53 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Texans own the league's No. 19-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 122.29 yards per game when on the road. Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 25 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Texans at Titans trends to consider:
Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Tennessee is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tennessee's last 9 games
Tennessee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Tennessee home to , Wednesday, December 31st