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4 Stats That Prove the Texans Are Better Than the Titans

David Kaestle
Deshaun Watson throws a pass against the New England Patriots
Deshaun Watson throws a pass against the New England Patriots / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans are in the midst of an intense battle for supremacy in the AFC South.

With both sitting at 8-5 on the year, it might give off the impression that these two teams are on equal footing, but when you take a closer look at the numbers, it can paint a different picture. Let's explore four stats that prove the Texans are better than the Titans.

1. Yards Per Game

DeAndre Hopkins catches a pass against the Denver Broncos.
DeAndre Hopkins catches a pass against the Denver Broncos. / Bob Levey/Getty Images

While totals are certainly important, efficiency in the NFL is arguably more important. And when it comes to offense, the Texans operate more efficiently on a per game basis. With explosive weapons at receiver like DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller and an electrifying, game-changing quarterback in Deshaun Watson, the Texans' offense has the firepower to put up some massive point totals. Houston ranks No. 9 in the NFL in yards per game (376.0). Tennessee, on the other hand, ranks No. 18 in the NFL (346.8).

2. Passing Yards Per Game

Deshaun Watson prepares to throw a pass against the Denver Broncos.
Deshaun Watson prepares to throw a pass against the Denver Broncos. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

As the NFL has shifted to a more pass-heavy approach over the past four or five years, we've seen the importance of both the quarterback and passing offense as a whole rise. Having Watson at quarterback is a big advantage for the Texans and it shows in the numbers. Although Titans' quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been incredible since taking on the starting role in Week 7, Houston still holds the lead in this crucial category on the season. The Texans rank No. 10 in the NFL in passing yards per game (245.8), while the Titans rank No. 21 (218.7).

3. Opponent Average Time of Possession

Zach Cunningham celebrates during a game against the Carolina Panthers.
Zach Cunningham celebrates during a game against the Carolina Panthers. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

It's pretty difficult to score in the NFL when your team isn't possessing the football. Even the best defenses only record a handful of touchdowns in a season. This is an area where the Texans have a substantial lead over the Titans. While Houston isn't a top team in this category, ranking No. 16 in the NFL, the Titans are one of the league's worst, ranking No. 28.

4. First Downs

Carlos Hyde runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts.
Carlos Hyde runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Moving the chains is the name of the game in the NFL. If you're not getting first downs, you're probably not scoring and if you're not scoring, you're not winning. The Texans hold a massive lead in this category over the Titans. Houston has 288 first downs so far this year, ranking No. 5 in the NFL, while Tennessee has 251, ranking No. 20 in the NFL. Houston's ability to sustain drives and move the ball downfield could give the Texans an edge when these two square off in Week 15.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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