Titans vs. Texans: Keys to victory

The Titans are going for their third victory in a row when they clash with the Houston Texans on Sunday. Division games are always of great importance so it’s imperative that the Titans avoid a letdown performance.
The Texans received an unexpected bye last week as Hurricane Ike imposed it’s wrath upon the city of Houston. It will be interesting to see how the team responds after dealing with an unusual set of circumstances.
Here are this week’s Titan keys to victory.

Continue to pummel Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub failed to finish both of the Texans’ games against the Titans in 2007, as a result of being knocked out of both contests.
Once again, the goal of the physical and intimidating Tennessee Titan defense will be to put relentless pressure on Schaub. Even if Schaub is able to finish the game, the Titans must unleash an amount of punishment that makes him wish he was on the sideline instead of serving as Albert Haynesworth’s personal pinata.
Pay close attention to TE Owen Daniels
WR Andre Johnson gets most of the headlines when it comes to the Texan offense, and for good reason: he’s one of the league best receivers, when healthy.
Often overlooked are the contributions made by TE Owen Daniels, who is perhaps one of the league’s most underrated tight ends. Daniels loves facing the Titans, as indicated by his career 16 receptions and 186 yards against the guys who wear the two-toned blue.
Hopefully, Keith Bulluck and company are up to the task of covering the guy who tends to always produce against the Titans.
We must protect our QB
Kerry Collins did a great job of managing the game in last week’s win against Cincinnati. This week, he will be facing a Texan defense led by “Super” Mario Williams, who had two sacks against Ben Roethlisberger in Houston’s 38-17 loss to the Steelers.
Collins, who is at his best when he is in the pocket, doesn’t have Vince Young’s mobility, so it will be essential for the Titans to keep him upright and his jersey clean against a player as dominating as Williams.
What are your keys to a Titan victory on Sunday?

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