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Inside the AFC South: Are the Tennessee Titans ready for the Houston Texans?

Chris Johnson against Houston

Charles Small-US PRESSWIRE

This Sunday could very well be the game that decides the kind of season that the Tennessee Titans are going to have. Yes they have already played teams like the New England Patriots, but if they can’t even get past the division, there is no play off future in the 2012 season.

The Houston Texans are by far the scariest team in the AFC South. Last year the Titans finished second to them, even though they won the last game of the regular season against the Texans. Tennessee’s big mistake last year was not doing enough in the beginning of the season, which lead to them relying on other teams for their fate in the postseason.

It makes it worse that the game is in Houston it is all the more reason that the Texans are going to be favored. They are the backbone of the division and even with the miraculous win last week against the Detroit Lions, the Titans don’t always have what it takes to beat them.

In the past six games, dipping back into the 2011 season, Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub has had 13 touchdowns and only one interception. Jake Locker is too young yet to compare. Locker though, should be able to rush better than Schaub. Houston’s receivers though, know how to rush.  Say hello to Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Talk about a one-two punch; combined they have over 500 yards already

Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and hopefully Kenny Britt (ankle) will all be able to produce some yardage this weekend. Who knows which Chris Johnson is going to show up, hopefully he can get more than 40 yards.

After coming off an exciting win like they got against the Lions, they need to get back to reality and realize that this season isn’t going to be a walk in the park. The Titans have faced a lot of tough teams in these first couple weeks, but the Texans are waiting. Both teams are hungry for the playoffs but only one of them can achieve it.