Titans vs. Texans predictions: NFL experts make Week 17 picks

Mike Moraitis
·4 min read

The Tennessee Titans will head to NRG Stadium in Week 17 to take on their division rival, the Houston Texans, in a game that has playoff implications for the Titans.

With a win, the Titans will clinch their first AFC South crown since the 2008 season, but the Texans have an opportunity to play spoilers, as a win could not only stop Tennessee from securing the division, but also making the playoffs altogether.

This is the second meeting between these two teams this season. In the first contest, the Titans needed a touchdown late in regulation to send the game to overtime where they eventually sealed the win, 42-36.

As you’d expect, the 10-5 Titans (-7.5) are sizable road favorites over the 4-11 Texans for this game, but are NFL experts from different media outlets rolling mostly with Tennessee or Houston?

Find out now as we compile picks to see where they stand for this Week 17 showdown.

USA TODAY's Week 17 picks

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We start off with the picks from the experts of USA TODAY:

Expert

Pick

Score

Jarrett Bell

Titans

30-21

Nate Davis

Titans

31-13

Jori Epstein

Titans

24-21

Mike Jones

Titans

27-22

Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz

Titans

35-24

Lorenzo Reyes

Titans

30-20

Tom Schad

Titans

34-28

 

ESPN's Week 17 picks

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The picks from the folks over at ESPN are as follows:

Expert

Pick

Matt Bowen

Titans

Mike Clay

Titans

Dan Graziano

Texans

Mina Kimes

Titans

Jason Reid

Titans

Laura Rutledge

Titans

Kevin Seifert

Titans

Sam Wickersham

Titans

Damien Woody

Titans

 

CBS Sports' Week 17 picks

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Now, we take a look at the expert picks from CBS Sports:

Expert

Pick

Pete Prisco

Titans (31-27)

Jason La Canfora

Texans

Will Brinson

Titans

Jared Dubin

Titans

Ryan Wilson

Titans

John Breech

Titans

Dave Richard

Titans

Jamey Eisenberg

Titans

Pete Prisco, who has the Titans winning 31-27, had this to say about the game between Tennessee and Houston:

If the Titans win, they win the AFC South. Pretty simple. But this is a second straight road game, and the defense is awful. But the good news is the Texans defense is just as bad. Look for Derrick Henry to run his team into the postseason but Deshaun Watson will keep the Texans around.

MMQB's Week 17 picks

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Here's where the experts over at Sports Illustrated's MMQB stand:

Expert

Pick

Albert Breer

Titans

Andrew Brandt

Titans

Conor Orr

Titans

Gary Gramling

Titans

Jenny Vrentas

Titans

Mitch Goldich

Titans

 

Sporting News' Week 17 picks

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Vinnie Iyer - Titans 27, Texans 20:

The Titans will rebound from getting ripped in Green Bay but it won't be easy with Deshaun Watson determined to play. The Texans' defense is terrible all-around (see the Vikings, Lions and Jaguars) and that will help Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill get back on track big-time. But Watson, David Johnson and Brandin Cooks will bring it again and the defense will respond to J.J. Watt's call to save some face.

Bill Bender - Titans 31, Texans 23:

The Titans still control their playoff destiny, and they will need a win against the rival Texans to get there. Houston ranks 31st in run defense, and Derrick Henry needs 223 yards to get to 2,000 rushing yards for the season. It's not impossible.

Gregg Rosenthal's Week 17 pick

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Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com - Titans 44, Texans 30:

The Titans have consumed fortyburgers on four occasions this season, including a Week 6 overtime win over the Texans. This should be good eating, with the AFC South on the line and the Texans' defense making Mitchell Trubisky and Brandon Allen look like Hall of Famers recently.

Final expert tally: Titans 31, Texans 2

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Of the 33 expert picks we compiled here, 31 of them are going with the Titans, while just two are rolling with the Texans. Tennessee and Houston will kickoff at 3:25 p.m. CT on Sunday.