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Behind Enemy Lines: An Inside Look at the Houston Texans


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans face the Houston Texans on Monday night at NRG Stadium.

Here's a look at the Texans.

Record: 7-3.

Last game: Beat the Redskins, 23-21.

Points for/against: 23.9 ppg/20.9 ppg.

NFL rankings:

Offense: 13th overall, 364.2 (11th rushing, 19th passing).

Defense: 7th overall, 330.5 ypg (7th rushing, 9th passing).

Head coach: Bill O'Brien.



QB: Deshaun Watson (201-of-309, 2,597 yards, 18 TDs, 9 INTs, 98.6 rating).

Top RB: Lamar Miller (145 rush, 611 yards, 2 TDs).

Top WRs: WR DeAndre Hopkins (68 catches, 950 yards, 8 TDs), Damaryius Thomas (10 catches, 138 yards, 3 TDs).

Top TEs: Ryan Griffin (11 catches 153 yards, 0 TD), Jordan Thomas (10 catches, 138 yards, 3 TDs).


Sacks: DE J.J. Watt (10).

Leading tackler: LB Benardrick McKinney (70).

Interceptions: S Justin Reid (3).

Take/Give: plus-3.

Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn (22-27 FGs).

Punter: Trevor Daniel (44.2).

Last meeting: September 16, 2018: Titans 20, Texans 17.

Titans connections

-Texans DE Angelo Blackson was originally drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

-Texans QB Brandon Weeden was with the Titans in 2017.

Local connections

-Texans LB Zach Cunningham played college at Vanderbilt.

-Texans DC Romeo Crennel was a lineman at Western Kentucky from 1966-69 and coached there from 1970-74.

-Texans S Andre Hal played college at Vanderbilt.

-Texans punter Trevor Daniel is from Dickson, Tenn., and he played at the University of Tennessee.

-Texans offensive lineman Zach Fulton played at the University of Tennessee.

Injury Report

-WR Keke Coutee (hamstring).

-ILB Zach Cunningham (knee).

-OLB Duke Ejiofor (shoulder).

-C/G Zach Fulton (shoulder).

-WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot).

-CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle).

-G Senio Kelemente (ankle).

-OLB Whitney Mercilus (ankle).

-DE J.J. Watt (knee).

-CB Aaron Colvin (ankle).

-T Julien Davenport (shoulder).

-S Andre Hall (shoulder).

-OLB Brian Peters (ankle).

Titans coach Mike Vrabel on how the Texans look now in comparison to when the Titans faced Houston in Week 2:

"Well, they're on a hot streak. I think that they're a confident football team. They're winning four games by three points or less. They're playing the situations well at the end of the game. In the most critical situations they're executing, whether that be a two-minute drill defensively, or getting a stop, or the four-minute offense running the clock out. They're doing those things well in the close games. The defense is playing extremely well. They're talented. I'm familiar with a lot of those guys over there. Deshaun (Watson) continues to make plays athletically, he keeps the play alive and extends the play. (DeAndre) Hopkins is pretty much everywhere. They're running the ball well. We understand that it's going to be a huge challenge. (Keke) Coutee is back in the slot, he's got good play strength and good quickness. It looks like Deshaun (Watson) likes him a little bit." looks back at the all-time series against the Houston Texans. (AP Photos, Donn Jones)