Dec 2, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans defensive end Jared Crick (93) pressures Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) during the second half at LP Field. The Texans beat the Titans 24-10. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire

Titans vs. Texans: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Time and Predictions


Titans vs. Texans—who would have thought previewing this Week 2 matchup would mean talking about two undefeated teams?

The Houston Texans scored a major victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, rattling off 24 straight points to put down San Diego. Tennessee took care of business against the Pittsburgh Steelers, physically out-matching them on the way to a close victory.

Now the two AFC South rivals collide. Here’s what fans need to know.

 

Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston

When:  September 15, 2013,  1:00 PM ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, Game Rewind

 

Titans Player to Watch: Jake Locker

Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) throws a pass before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

No more excuses for Jake Locker.

Once again Locker has a quality running game thanks to Chris Johnson, except this time it’s even better thanks to the addition of guards Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack.

Locker has plenty of weapons to throw to, so his ability to move the ball through the air is going to need to actually show up in order for the Titans to move past the Texans.

 

Texans Player to Watch: Arian Foster 

Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) catches a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Texans defeated the Chargers 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

How healthy is Arian Foster?

Foster says he’s fine, which is fine, but it’s time for him to show it on the field. Texans’ coaches want more of a split between Foster and Ben Tate, in large part because of how ineffective Foster was against San Diego, not to mention his mistakes.

If Houston wants to be more physical than a much-improved Tennessee squad, it’s going to need Foster to step up.

 

Matchup to Watch: Titans Run Defense vs. Texans’ Backs

Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The duo of Foster and Tate can wear any team down, even if Foster is struggling at times. Tennessee did a great job of shutting down the Steelers overall last week, but it’s a different beast shutting down the duo of Foster and Tate.

The good news is Locker does not pose much of a threat through the air, so the defense should be able to focus on the running backs. Whether or not they can actually stop Foster and Tate remains to be seen.

 

Prediction

Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

As easy as it is to love this new-look Titans team, one has to question just how good the Steelers are. Tennessee is a balanced team, but Houston is one of the deepest in the league.

Houston at home is a tough out. Matt Schaub can beat teams on his own through the air, as can the committee of backs. The defense gets plenty of pressure thanks to a guy like J.J. Watt, so overall it’s hard to see the Titans overcoming the odds this early in the season on the road.

Houston 27, Tennessee 17.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: AFC AFC South Game Info Houston Texans Live Stream Odds Predictions Preview Tennessee Titans TV Schedule