Titans must win vs. Texans

The Titans will attempt to reverse its fortunes against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Tennessee must win this game to stay in the playoff hunt.

In reality, all the remaining games on the Titans schedule are must-win games. The two toughest games remaining on the schedule are San Diego on December 9th in Nashville and the season finale vs. the Colts in Indianapolis.

The Titans will not go to the playoffs with a 9-7 record. Jacksonville is essentially a lock to take one of the two AFC wildcard slots. The Cleveland Browns, currently 7-4, have a relatively weak schedule ahead of them.

The Titans need to win four of its last five games and get some help to make the playoffs. Can they do it? Yes. But will they?

Sunday’s forecast calls for rain, so you wonder if Tennessee will risk playing Albert Haynesworth on a sloppy field.

I will not disrespect the Houston Texans … for the remainder of this season. Houston can win this game, especially if Haynesworth doesn’t play. Stud receiver Andre Johnson is healthy and after a bad game last week against the Browns (I know — I started Johnson last week on my fantasy football team), the Texans will look for ways to get him the ball. And as we know, Tennessee’s defense hasn’t been playing well lately.

Besides Haynesworth, LenDale White and Chris Brown will be key players in Sunday’s game. If Tennessee can run through Houston’s weak rushing defense (119.4 ypg), they have a good chance to win.

Click here for a look at Albert Haynesworth’s impact on Tennessee’s defense.

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