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Titans Host Texans in Final Home Game of 2010

Tennessee Titans (5-8) vs. Houston Texans (5-8)
Sunday, December 19th, 2010 • Noon CST • LP Field • Nashville, TN • TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (5-8) host the Houston Texans (5-8) this week in the team’s final regular season home game of 2010.

Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, December 19th.

The Broadcast

This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play duties, while Solomon Wilcots will provide analysis.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.

The game can be heard locally on 1400 AM, WJZM.

Quick Rematch

Tennessee TitansSunday’s game is the second meeting between the Titans and Texans in a four-week span. They squared off at Reliant Stadium on November 28th, when the Texans produced a 20-0 shutout victory. In that game, Titans rookie Rusty Smith made his first career start at quarterback, and the Texans took advantage with three interceptions—all by cornerback Glover Quin. Texans running back Arian Foster accounted for 218 total yards, including 143 on the ground and 75 as as receiver.

Despite the most recent loss and the Texans winning three out of the last four games in the series, the Titans own an all-time record against the Texans of 12-5.

Following their home game against the Texans, the Titans will finish the season with two road games. They travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on December 26th and then to Indianapolis on January 2nd.

The Texans

The TexansPrior to visiting Tennessee, the Texans  hosted the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium on Monday night, December 13th. The Texans enter the contest having lost five of their most recent six games. Their lone win in that span was against the Titans.

Entering their Monday night game, the Texans own one of the NFL’s top offenses. Their average of 373.0 net yards per game ranks sixth in the NFL, and they have players at or near the top of several statistical categories. Running back Arian Foster, a product of the University of Tennessee, ranks second in the league with 1,230 rushing yards. Quarterback Matt Schaub is ninth in the league with a 93.2 passer rating, and his primary target, wide receiver Andre Johnson, is fourth with 1,018 receiving yards.

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

Prior to the game, the Titans will host their annual shoe drive to benefit Nashville-based shoe charity Soles4Souls. Fans are asked to bring “gently worn” shoes to the game and drop them in one of seven locations outside of LP Field. Soles4Souls has distributed millions of pairs of shoes around the world to victims of natural disasters and those living in poverty.

Titans-Texans Series At A Glance

  • Overall series (regular & postseason): Titans lead 12-5
  • Regular Season Series: Titans lead 12-5
  • Postseason Series: None
  • Current streak: One win by Texans
  • Titans at home vs. Texans: 6-2
  • Titans on the road vs. Texans: 6-3
  • Last Time at LP Field: Texans 34 at Titans 31 (9/20/09)
  • Last Time at Reliant Stadium: Titans 0 at Texans 20 (11/28/10)
  • First Time: Texans 10 at Titans 17 (11/10/02)
  • Jeff Fisher’s Record vs. Texans: 12-5
  • Gary Kubiak’s Record vs. Titans: 3-6
  • Jeff Fisher’s Record vs. Gary Kubiak: 6-3

What To Look For This Week

  • Jeff Fisher (270 career games) will break a tie with former New York Giants head coach Steve Owen for eighth place on the NFL’s all-time list of games by a head coach with one team.
  • K Rob Bironas can extend his streak of 17 consecutive field goals without a miss. The streak currently ranks fifth in franchise history, three behind the record shared by Bironas (20 in 2007-08) and Al Del Greco (20 in 1998-99). One field goal without a miss this week would tie Bironas for fourth place all-time (18 by Del Greco, 1995-96), and two field goals would tie for third (19 by Bironas in 2007).
  • With seven points, K Rob Bironas (93 points in 2010) will become the second player in franchise history to record 100 or more points in four consecutive seasons (Al Del Greco, 1995-00).
  • QB Kerry Collins (39,669 career passing yards) needs 331 passing yards to become the 12th player in NFL history to reach 40,000 passing yards.
  • WR Justin Gage (199 career receptions for 2,957 career receiving yards) needs needs 43 receiving yards to reach 3,000 career receiving yards.
  • RB Chris Johnson will attempt to record the 24th 100-yard rushing game of his career and eighth of 2010.
  • WR Randy Moss is scheduled to play in his 200th career regular season game.
  • WR Randy Moss (14,840 career receiving yards) needs 95 receiving yards to pass Tim Brown (14,934) for fourth in NFL history.

Titans-Texans Series History

The Titans-Texans rivalry is in its ninth year since the expansion Texans began play and the AFC South was formed in 2002. In 17 games, the Titans are 12-5 against the Texans, including a 6-2 mark at LP Field and 6-3 record at Reliant Stadium. The teams have split the series in the last two seasons.

On November 28th, Reliant Stadium hosted the most recent Titans-Texans matchup. The Texans won by a score of 20-0. Texans cornerback Glover Quin recorded three interceptions off passes by rookie quarterback Rusty Smith, who was making his first NFL start. Arian Foster rushed for 143 yards, and Matt Schaub completed two touchdown passes for the Texans in the win.

The last time the clubs played at LP Field was September 20th, 2009 and resulted in a 34-31 victory by the Texans. Despite the loss, Johnson accumulated 284 scrimmage yards (197 rushing, 87 receiving), the second-highest total in team history. He also became the first player in NFL history to record a 90-plus yard rushing touchdown (91), another 50-plus yard rushing touchdown (57) and a 60-plus yard receiving touchdown (69) in the same game.

The Titans have separate winning streaks of four games and seven games in the series, the latter of which was ended at Reliant Stadium on December 14th, 2008.

The Titans franchise has a rich and storied history with the city of Houston. Under owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr., the Titans existed as the Houston Oilers from 1960-96. In Houston, the Oilers won the first two American Football League Championships and made a total of 15 playoff appearances. Eight players that wore a Houston Oilers uniform are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including most recently former quarterback Warren Moon and former offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Matthews is now an offensive assistant coach for the Texans.

The team moved to Tennessee in 1997 and in 1999 adopted the “Titans” moniker. Adams still makes his home in Houston.

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