Double-Digit Underdogs Houston Texans Snap Tennessee Titans’ Winning Run

Houston Texans And Tennessee Titans NFL Background

  • The Houston Texans snapped the Tennessee Titans’ six-game winning streak with a 22-13 win at the Nissan Stadium on Sunday.
  • Houston entered the game with the third-largest spread deficit of the week at +10 points.
  • Tyrod Taylor scored two rushing touchdowns after the Texans went 63 days and four road games without one.

The Tennessee Titans headed to Week 11 as the NFL’s hottest team with a 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS record. They entered Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with the third-largest betting spread at 10 points and were supposed to breeze by the 1-8 SU and 4-5 ATS Texans and solidify their lead atop the AFC.

Houston meanwhile, was 0-8 SU in their last eight games played and had covered in only two out of its last seven contests. On the road, they were worse at 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS. Worse, they were averaging only 7.6 points per game away from the NRG Stadium. But then it happened.

Fly-Rod Taylor

The Texans went to Tennessee without scoring a road touchdown since Week 2 of the season. Their scoreless streak extended to four road games, matching the record for such drought since the NFL merger in 1970. Despite starting out strong on Sunday, it looked early on that the Texans would extend that ignominious streak.

Houston’s first two scores of the game came via field goals of 43 and 24 yards from Ka’imi Fairbairn. Then after 63 days, Tyrod Taylor ended the Texans’ road TD drought by going up in the air to score a rushing touchdown on 2nd and goal with 7 minutes left in the second quarter. Fairbairn missed the extra point attempt but the Texans took a 12-0 lead that would set the stage for Sunday’s double-digit upset.

Taylor delivered the killer blow as he scored on another TD run on 3rd and goal with 7 minutes left in the third quarter to give the Texans a commanding 19-0 lead. To Illustrate how nearly improbable Taylor’s feat was, the Barstool Sportsbook listed him as a +8000 to score two touchdowns on Sunday or a 1.2% implied probability.

Titans Lose to Another Sub .500 Team

The Titans took the AFC’s best record and the league’s longest current winning streak to the Nissan Stadium on Sunday. After losing to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, the Titans won back-to-back games against the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts. Then on October 3rd, they were upset as -5.5 point betting favorites against the woeful New York Jets. They went on a tear after that defeat.

Tennessee defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 5 and as spread betting underdogs in their next four games, the Titans posted a 4-0 U and ATS record while beating the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, and Los Angeles Rams in succession. Their Super Bowl odds shortened to a season-best +1000 at PointsBet USA, 7th best at that time. Last week, they beat the New Orleans Saints, but barely by a score of 23-21, failing to cover the betting spread for the first time during their six-game winning streak.

The Titans played for the 11th consecutive week on Sunday while the Texans were fresh off their bye week so fatigue could have been a factor, considering how Tennessee barely got past New Orleans last week. Tennessee’s loss also marks the latest win in a season by a team with the worst record against a team with the best record in the same conference since 1970, with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7 of the 1979 season the previous mark.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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