Behind enemy lines: 5 questions ahead of the Titans vs. Texans

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The Tennessee Titans invade NRG Stadium on Sunday to take on the Houston Texans 1-4-1. The Titans are favored by 3.5 points according to Draft Kings, but in the AFC South you can throw away records and predictions.

We visited Jimmy Morris (@jmorrisMCM) on our partner site Music City Miracles to get their take on tomorrow’s huge AFC South game.

Ryan Tannehill was injured last week. Is he leaving on Sunday? Otherwise, what can we expect from Malik Willis?

It is not yet known if he will be able to go there. He could barely move when the game ended on Sunday and wore a walking boot after the game. Mike Vrabel is still tight-lipped on injuries, so it’ll probably go until Sunday.

As for Willis, that’s a great question. We haven’t seen him since pre-season except on a transfer Sunday. He has made a lot of progress from pre-season game 1 to pre-season game 3. Hopefully if he goes there they adapt the attack to what he does well – i.e. use his legs to create things in the passing game and on the pitch. Guess Derrick Henry gets the ball 30 times anyway.

The Titans have started slowly this year, but are currently on a winning streak. What was the difference this year?

Part of that was the teams they played. They played against the Giants and the Bills in the first two weeks. They missed a basket at the end of time that would have beaten the Giants. The Bills boat ran them. Since then, they have faced the Raiders, the Colts twice and the Commanders. None of these teams are unlikely to play in the playoffs.

It also helped Derrick Henry feel more comfortable after his broken foot last year. They don’t have a lot of attack right now, but they still have the best running back in football.

Who are the guys we haven’t heard of and will likely hear about on both sides of the ball on Sunday?

It’s an interesting question. I don’t know if you’re going to see any impact from anyone on the attack you haven’t heard of. You’ve heard of Robert Woods, but he’s new to the Titans. He’s pretty much the only legitimate NFL receiver they currently have on the roster.

On defense, ILB David Long has made a big impact over the past two weeks and isn’t exactly a household name. He knocked out Carson Wentz on the goal line to save the game against the Commanders and had an interception last week. He’s a very good player.

The Colts and Jaguars seemed like fierce competition for the division crown early on. Are you worried about any of them or are you comfortable with the rest?

I’m not. People tried to act like the Jaguars were good at the start of the season, but we all knew better. It’s the Jaguars.

As for the Colts, I’ve always considered them the Titans’ toughest competition in the AFC South. Well, the Titans swept them away and now they’re giving up the season going to Sam Ehlinger. I feel good about the Titans’ chances of tripling as AFC South champions.

The Titans are favored by 3.5 points according to Draft Kings. Which direction are you going on Sunday? Are there any other prop bets you are interested in?

I would take the Titans there. This game will likely be tough, but the Titans will end up winning 24-10. I would also pick up on anything they post for Henry’s yards and rushes. I think it goes 30 for 185.

I want to thank Jimmy for taking the time to answer our questions ahead of tomorrow’s game. You can see him and his work on our partner site Music City Miracles. We want to wish him and the Titans the best of luck throughout the season. That’s after the end of tomorrow’s game of course.

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