Titans vs. Texans: Tennessee’s causes for concern in Week 6

By | October 17, 2020

The Week 6 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans features two teams going in opposite directions.

Sure, the Texans won their first game of the 2020 season in Week 5, albeit against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Houston still has a mountain to climb after a 1-4 start overall.

Meanwhile, the unbeaten Titans are riding high after they dismantled one of the best teams in the AFC, the Buffalo Bills, after almost no practice time and without some key players due to COVID-19.

While on the surface it would seem like the Titans, who currently look like the class of the AFC South and own the No. 1 seed in the conference, are primed to win this game, that doesn’t mean Tennessee doesn’t have some causes for concern coming into it.

Let’s see what the Titans should be worried about ahead of their matchup with the Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

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Defensive lineman DaQuan Jones’ status for Week 6 is in doubt after he failed to practice all week while dealing with a foot injury. The good news is that Jones has not been ruled out yet, so he still has a shot to suit up.

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The need for Jones is obvious. The Titans struggled against the run in their first three games with Jones in the lineup, so his absence could create a major issue upfront for Tennessee on Sunday.

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While the Titans are certainly happy they don’t have to see DeAndre Hopkins anymore after he was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, there is still plenty to be concerned about with Houston’s receiving corps.

A group made up of Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills presents a challenge for Tennessee, as that trio of receivers has plenty of speed that can stretch the field and beat the Titans’ secondary deep.

We’ve seen Tennessee’s group struggle against speed and the deep ball in the past, and in particular, cornerback Malcolm Butler. It’ll be key for the Titans to keep those players in front of them to avoid giving up big plays.

Making this situation more concerning is the fact that the Titans will be without their speedy No. 1 cornerback, Adoree’ Jackson, who remains on IR and won’t play in this game.

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Divisional games are always tricky, but when you also add in the fact that the Titans are coming off a huge win over a very good Bills team and are now facing an inferior Texans squad that they are favored over, you have all the makings of a potential letdown situation in Week 6.

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We’ve seen Tennessee play down to competition in its other three wins this season. The Titans beat the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings by a combined total of six points before crushing Buffalo in Week 5.

I tend to believe this Titans team is special and will avoid a letdown game in this spot, but we certainly can’t rule it out.

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