Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Tennessee Titans-Houston Texans Week 4 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Tennessee Titans (1-2) vs. (-6.5) Houston Texans (2-1), 1 p.m.
Mike: Texans. Even without J.J. Watt, it’s hard to imagine the Texans allowing much to a Titans team that hasn’t scored more than 16 points in a game this season.
Ricky: Texans. I almost wanted to find a reason to take the Titans, given how poorly the Texans played last week against the Patriots. But Houston is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games against Tennessee. And more importantly, the Titans can’t win or cover against AFC opponents. They’re 1-19 straight up and 2-17-1 against the spread in their last 20 games versus teams from their own conference.
Andre: Texans. Marcus Mariota hasn’t fared well against teams with elite pass rushes in his young career. Last year, the Dolphins crushed him, the Panthers mutilated him and the Jets smacked him (1 TD, 4 INT combined; 0-3 record). He didn’t do well against the Vikings’ elite D either this year (INT and fumble returned for touchdowns).
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