(SportsRadio 610) -- The Texans take their 1-4 record to face the AFC South leading Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The Titans are 4-0 going into Sunday’s matchup, most recently beating the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night. The Texans picked up their first win of the season by beating the Jaguars on Sunday.
Here are former NFL quarterback Clint Stoerner’s keys to a Texans victory against the Titans.
Stop the inside run
P.J. Hall, Brandon Dunn and J.J. Watt have to hold the line of scrimmage inside.
Derrick Henry is a downhill runner. If his offensive line is able to get a consistent push, the Texans have no chance to stop him.
Get the offense off the field or win the game.
On the flip side, if you force Henry to stop his feet at the line of scrimmage and change direction, he becomes a very average back.
The Titans become one dimensional and very beatable. This would be a great week for second-round pick Ross Blacklock to chip in as well.
Know where Jonnu Smith is at all times
Titans TE Jonnu Smith leads the team in targets and has five touchdowns in four games.
Smith fits the Titans’ play-action game, misdirection game, gadget game, etc. He is a matchup nightmare and they use him efficiently.
The No. 1 priority in the alignment-assignment game for the Texans defense is, where is No. 81?
Guard/Center/Guard dealing with Clowney/Simmons
The Texans have struggled in pass protection this season, particularly inside at both guard positions.
This week, the Titans will dial up inside pressure as talented as anyone they’ll face all year.
Former Texan LB Jadeveon Clowney does his best work, and is as disruptive as any LB in the NFL, when he lines up at linebacker depth inside and brings pressure over either guard or center.
Couple Clowney with defensive lineman Jeffrey Simmons, who returns off the reserve COVID list this week, and the Texans will have their hands full inside.
Expand the run game
The Texans have struggled to establish a run game this season. They are ranked 30th in the NFL going into week 6.
There are several reasons why this ranking exists: David Johnson, simple scheme, predictability, etc.
It would be very simple to add a couple different outside run schemes to attack the edge.
We saw a couple late in the Jax game. They’re on the play sheet and both Johnsons, Watson, Cooks and Fuller are all players that are more comfortable running outside than inside.
Get your speed to the edge.