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Chris Nalls — The Texans should bounce back big this when facing the Tennessee Titans. Watson will have wide receiver Will Fuller again and also some added motivation from last weeks loss to the New England Patriots. The Texans defense should have a huge day as well since both starting tackles for the Titans will be missing Sunday’s game. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is another name to monitor during Sunday morning warm-ups as he has been dealing with an elbow injury. With all this taken into account, I predict 31-17 Texans
Harry Latham-Coyle — Were Tennessee not missing their starting tackles and Marcus Mariota fully healthy, I think this game would be a real battle that the Texans ultimately drop. But under those circumstances? The Texans take it. Houston showed they can move the ball on the ground last week even with Deshaun Watson having a presumed off-day, and the Texans’ front-seven has the ability to take over this game and make Mariota miserable. An early defensive score helps the Texans jump-out to a lead and they notch a confidence-booster on the road. 27-10 Texans
Mark Lane — The onus is on the Titans offense to move the ball and score points without their starting tackles, Conklin and Lewan, to protect Mariota. That also means the onus is on the pass rush to get home and force the field general with a hurt throwing elbow to evade the pressure and keep his eyes downfield. All Deshaun Watson has to do is avoid giveaways and help the offense be more efficient on third down. 27-16 Texans
Anthony Wood — The Texans simply have to win. We may only be one game into the season, but with Jacksonville looking as strong as ever, Houston has to catch up if they are to stand a chance of winning the AFC South. Key this Sunday? The defense. With both Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan out of the usually formidable Titans offensive line, the Texans have a real chance here to get to quarterback Marcus Mariota and force him to pass. The Texans secondary should be able to keep a Delanie Walker-less Titans receiving corps quiet, so it’s down to J.J. Watt and company to do the rest. 27-17 Texans
Cole Thompson — The Titans are going to have fight back against the Texans pass rush. Without Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan, this could be a long day for Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbertt. The Texans offense will need to rely on Lamar Miller to score on the ground with the Titans secondary expected to cover deep. In the end, expect J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to lead the charge and give the Texans their first win. 34-17 Texans
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