When the Tennessee Titans travel to Houston on Sunday to face the Houston Texans, it will be a game of critical importance to both teams. Houston will enter the contest 2-5 while the Titans bring a 1-5 mark into NRG Stadium.
Neither team can afford to lose another game even thought the AFC South might well be the worst division in football. The winner will keep playoff live in this division that could find their champion finishing the season with an under .500 record.
The status of Titans starting quarterback Marcus Mariota remains in question for this week, meaning that Zach Mettenberger could make his second start of the season this week. There are other question marks for the Titans, but Mariota's status is the biggest headline yet to be determined.
When the Titans offense, with either quarterback under center, the game plan should be the same. Run the football as the Texans are allowing 129.5 yards per game on the ground.
However, the Titans running game, even when working effectively has not been the preferred method of offense for head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Where can the Titans offense look to have some success against the Texans defense? The answer might surprise you.