Tennessee Titans (1-0) at Houston Texans (1-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, at Reliant Stadium, Houston - TV: CBS
*TV announcers: Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
*Keys to the game: Texans QB Matt Schaub has gorged on the Tennessee pass defense in his career, mostly as the beneficiary of play-action. Houston is committed to splitting the workload between Arian Foster and Ben Tate in the backfield. The passing game added a new dimension in rookie No. 2 receiver DeAndre Hopkins, a big-play threat who, along with Andre Johnson can deflate a scheme relying on bump coverage while overplaying to stop the run. The Titans went conservative last week to slow down the Steelers' pass rush and are likely to use a similar game plan behind their beefed-up blocking. OGs Chance Warmack and Andy Levitre were added in the offseason in part to contend with All-Pro DE J.J. Watt. RB Chris Johnson, who averages 89.3 rushing yards in his career against Houston, led the Titans' run-heavy attack at Pittsburgh. Don't expect a 2:1 run-pass ratio to fly at Houston. QB Jake Locker can still play at safe, looking to TE Delanie Walker and FB Collin Mooney on quick-hitters to loosen the Texans' coverage.
*Matchup to watch - Texans TE Owen Daniels vs. Titans LB Zach Brown: Brown is a do-it-all weak-side linebacker, posted two sacks last week but better known for his coverage skills. The Titans have a poor history defending tight ends, including Daniels, who caught two touchdowns Monday at San Diego.
*Player spotlight - Titans SS Bernard Pollard: He spent two seasons playing for coach Gary Kubiak (2009, 2010) and, more recently with the Ravens, he saw plenty of Foster and the Texans. Against a zone-blocking scheme, it's on Pollard to fill cutback lanes and cut off angles to limit Foster's damage.
*Fast facts: Schaub has 17 touchdowns and one interception in his past eight games in the series. ... Andre Johnson's career average of 82 receiving yards per game is the best all-time NFL mark.
WHO WILL WIN AND WHY
Houston turns up the heat on QB Jake Locker and spreads the wealth on their evolving offense to pull away from the pesky Titans.
*Our pick: Texans 27-17