It's time to head to Nashville to take on the AFC-leading Tennessee Titans. Here is my weekly By the Numbers/Daily Brew in preparation for the 39th meeting between these two rivals.
17 - Through the first 35 games of this rivalry, the Texans had 17-of-35 wins and had won the previous two games on MNF in 2018 and almost the AFC South clincher in 2019.
3 - The Titans have won the last three in the series, including two barnburners last year in which the Texans averaged 37 points a game and lost both.
9 - The Texans have faced EIGHT former first-round draft picks this year in the first NINE games. Trevor Lawrence, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Mac Jones, Carson Wentz, Kyler Murray and Matt Stafford. Titans Ryan Tannehill will make nine out of ten former first-round picks. Had Tua Tagovailoa started in Miami, that would've been a clean sweep of former first round picks through the first ten games.
250 - Titans rushing king Derrick Henry had 250 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the last meeting between the Texans and the Titans.
264 - Henry had 264 all-purpose yards in the first meeting in Nashville in 2020, including a 94-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and the game-winning touchdown in OT.
0 - Thankfully, Henry will rush/gain zero all-purpose yards on Sunday as he continues to rehab from an injury. I hate to see a player of his magnitude injured and him, in particular. HATE it. However, not having to see him torture the Texans defense for just one Sunday will be respite enough.
135 - The Titans have rushed for 135 yards combined in the two games that Henry has missed, albeit wins over the Rams and Saints.
47 - The Texans didn't allow the Miami offense to get that diesel cranked up last Sunday as they held the Dolphins to 47 rushing yards on 25 carries.
7 - The Texans didn't allow a Dolphin rush over seven yards in Week 9.
1 - The Texans allowed no plays longer than 21 yards to the Dolphins and just one over 20 yards - a 21-yard completion to TE Durham Smythe in the 2nd quarter.
55.6 - The Texans forced FIVE takeaways on Sunday, which was 55.6% of the entire 2020 season total.
9 - The Texans forced nine takeaways in the 2020 season, including one each in the two matchups with Tennessee. On the flip side, the 2021 Titans have nine takeaways in their last four games - three each against the Chiefs and the Colts, two against the Rams and one against the Saints.
+5 - The Titans have only turned it over four times in that same time span, giving them a +5 turnover margin over that four-game string.
262 - The Titans have been, collectively, outgained in the past two games by the Rams and the Saints by 262 yards. Yet, the Titans beat the Rams 28-16 and the Saints 23-21.
Alright, that's going to do it for this week. I hope we'll have some great stuff to talk about after Sunday. See ya then, everyone!
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