NFL Week 8 Betting Preview: Tennessee Titans At Houston Texans

Written By Brett Gibbons on October 30, 2022
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The Tennessee Titans (4-2) visit the Houston Texans (1-4-1) on Sunday, Oct. 30 in a battle of AFC South rivals. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. EST from NRG Stadium and will be broadcast on CBS. The Titans are favorites and the Texans, coming off their bye week, are on the moneyline. Titans at Texans odds feature an over/under set at .

In this article we break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, and the best available odds.

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Titans Vs. Texans Injury Report

Tennessee Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatusAvg. Snap Count
Jeffery SimmonsDTAnkleQuestionable58.5
Ryan TannehillQBAnkleQuestionable56.3
Rashad WeaverOLBBackOut47.3
Tory CarterFBNeckOut26.0
Kyle PhilipsWRHamstringOut17.5

Houston Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatusAvg. Snap Count
A.J. CannOGIllnessQuestionable66.0
Brandin CooksWRWristQuestionable53.0
Nico CollinsWRGroinQuestionable41.8
Justin McCrayOGHandQuestionable11.7
Tavierre ThomasDBQuadricepQuestionable
Drew EstradaWRAchillesOut

Titans Offense Vs. Texans Defense

Titans OffenseStats (Rank)Texans Defense
19.2 (21)Points/Gm22.8 (20)
0.3 (15)Points/Play0.3 (3)
274.2 (31)Yards/Gm411.8 (31)
165.5 (29)Pass Yards/Gm247.2 (21)
108.7 (20)Rush Yards/Gm164.7 (32)
4.9 (29)Yards/Play6.0 (27)
6.6 (13)Yards/Pass7.0 (22)
3.7 (26)Yards/Rush5.2 (29)
36.6% (22)3rd Down %41.2% (19)
80.0% (1)Red Zone %47.6% (8)
7 (8)Turnovers8 (19)
14 (12)Sacks12 (22)

Texans Offense Vs. Titans Defense

Texans OffenseStats (Rank)Titans Defense
17.7 (27)Points/Gm21.3 (17)
0.3 (15)Points/Play0.3 (3)
310.0 (25)Yards/Gm374.3 (26)
209.3 (25)Pass Yards/Gm277.5 (31)
100.7 (24)Rush Yards/Gm96.8 (4)
5.2 (20)Yards/Play6.0 (27)
6.1 (23)Yards/Pass7.4 (29)
4.4 (18)Yards/Rush4.4 (15)
35.0% (26)3rd Down %27.8% (1)
53.8% (19)Red Zone %52.6% (13)
6 (4)Turnovers10 (9)
13 (9)Sacks16 (15)

Titans At Texans Betting Insights

Why The Titans Can Cover The Spread

What Derrick Henry’s done to the Houston Texans defense has been borderline felonious. The Titans offense faces another soft Texans run defense and we could see another wild King Henry outing. With or without Ryan Tannehill– who sported a walking boot last week– there’s a route for the Titans offense to score plenty of points.

The question surrounding Tannehill is undoubtably keeping the number low. Tennessee has covered four of six spreads this season and have won four games in a row. The Titans are clearly the more talented team and spotting them under a field goal on the road isn’t that tough an ask.

Why The Texans Can Cover The Spread

The last four games between the Titans and Texans have been close, no matter where each team stood. However, when dealing with a spread as low as , you’re almost asking Houston to win outright to cover.

Should Tannehill sit, rookie Malik Willis would suit up as QB1. Mike Vrabel & Co. have been careful with the rookie since he shone brightly in the preseason. Willis came in for a few plays after Tannehill was rolled up on last week, but he handed off every play. Not having the offense built around Willis may be a setup for disappointment on the road.

If Tannehill goes, playing at less than 100% could make Tennessee one-dimensional. All Houston would have to do is bottle up Henry. Simple, right?

Reasons To Bet The Over

Neither team has produced an overly exciting offense so far this season, leading to a very conservative over/under. Achieving that combined score wouldn’t require some outlandish performances. The same theme carries through here: if Henry runs wild, the Titans will score points. Houston has done little to provide resistance to opposing rushing attacks, just recently allowing three TDs to the Raiders’ Josh Jacobs.

While the Titans would likely have to provide the bulk of the points, a low total gives room for error.

Reasons To Bet The Under

Neither team has produced an overly exciting offense so far this season and we can probably stop there. The average combined scoring total of these teams on the year would come out to about 37 points. The NFL overall has seen record-low scoring thus far behind some unwatchable QB play. Davis Mills and a banged-up Tannehill very well could be the next chapter in unwatchable QB play.

Two teams that lean heavily into the run game is a good combination for an under.

Titans At Texans Props: Matchups To Watch For

Derrick Henry Vs. Texans Defense: In his career, King Henry has averaged 103.5 rushing yards per game against the Texans. In his last two outings against Houston, Henry rushed for 212 and 250 yards (note: did not play vs. Houston last year). The table is set once again for Henry against the Texans, who are allowing the fourth-highest rush yards per attempt (5.2) and are tied for the highest explosive rushing play rate allowed (14%). Even the most lucrative rushing yardage prop may not be high enough for this game.

Dameon Pierce Vs. Titans Safeties/Linebackers: Despite being one of just eight teams to have their bye week pass, the Titans have allowed the sixth-most targets (52) and receptions to running backs (41). On the year, only the Chargers are passing to their backs more frequently than the Houston Texans (27.7%). Over the last three games, Pierce has seen 15 targets, 13 of which he’s pulled in. While those receptions haven’t gone for many yards, it’s worth looking at Pierce’s receptions total for this game.

Final Thoughts

With the questions surrounding Tannehill and the overall hit-and-miss nature of the Texans, sides and totals don’t excite me much here. What I’ll be looking to capitalize on is the goldmine of yardage that is Derrick Henry. As mentioned, I’ll be looking to play rushing totals even if those props are set near 100 yards. The other aspect of Henry this week is paying up to fit him in every DFS lineup I have.

I also really like the prospect of Dameon Pierce’s receptions total, since that may be a weak and niche market.

If I had to lean a side or total, it’d likely be under the point total. As mentioned, these are two teams that rely heavily on their run game and running backs. Even if Henry gets loose for a million yards, that doesn’t mean the Titans are going to score a million points. This rivalry is always a strange one.

Best of luck betting Titans Texans odds.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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