Scouting the Opponent: Houston Texans

Scouting the Opponent is a weekly preview series looking ahead to the Titans upcoming matchup.

Division matchups are of the utmost importance. Even when one team appears to be entering a potential rebuilding phase, these can be tough battles.

The Texans fired head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien after their 0-4 start, and Romeo Crennel is now 1-0 as the interim head coach.

The Titans of course are undefeated entering this matchup, looking to establish a firm lead in the AFC South. It’s never easy when these two teams square off, and familiarity between the franchises is at an all-time high after Jadeveon Clowney, Johnathan Joseph, and Anthony Midget joined the Titans organization over the offseason.

The Stats

We’re starting to get a clearer statistical picture of how teams stack up against each other now that we’re five weeks in. Here’s the statistical preview between these two teams:

16thTotal Yards/G22nd
17thPassing Yards/G9th
9thRushing Yards/G30th
29thTotal Points/G22nd
11thTotal Yards Allowed/G30th
23rdPass Yards Allowed/G8th
27thRush Yards Allowed/G31st
9thPoints Allowed/G20th
1st (+8)Turnover DifferentialT-28th (-5)
13th (46%)3rd D Conversions26th (37.7%)
10th (39.5)Penalty Yardage1st (29.6)
5thOffense DVOA18th
12thDefense DVOA18th
16thRush DVOA – Offense20th
5thPass DVOA – Offense13th
19thRush DVOA – Defense26th
11thPass DVOA – Defense12th
2020 Statistical Comparison

*DVOA is a Football Outsiders metric that stands for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. DVOA accounts for a team’s opponents.

The Texans run defense has been largely atrocious this season, while their pass defense has actually been above average. This could be the week Derrick Henry and the offensive line have been waiting for.

Personnel and Players to Watch

With Crennel now in charge, the following are key personnel members in Houston as well as players to be aware of heading into this game:

  • Romeo Crennel made his debut as the interim head coach last week and became the oldest NFL head coach in league history. I can’t imagine Crennel has long-term plans to coach this team given his age, so it will be interesting to see what philosophy he carries throughout the remainder of this season.

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Author: Justin GraverPerhaps best known as @titansfilmroom on Twitter, Justin Graver has been writing and creating content about the NFL and the Tennessee Titans for nearly a decade as a longtime staff writer (and social media manager) for the SB Nation site Music City Miracles. Although JG no longer writes for Broadway Sports, his Music City Audible podcast with co-host Justin Melo continues.

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