Our event of the day is the NFL clash between the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans at the NRG Stadium in Houston. The Texans are on an extraordinary run, who, after losing their first three games of the season, have won seven in a row to put themselves in the driving seat in the AFC South. The Titans, on the other hand, have struggled to find any form or consistency yet this season, leaving them with a record of 5-5. Houston have been boosted by the return of J.J. Watt this season, whose career has been ravaged by injury problems of late. The defensive end has returned to action with a bang and currently has 10 sacks this season. On the other side of the ball, DeAndre Hopkins has had a similarly impressive campaign thus far. The wide receiver, who has appeared at two Pro Bowls, has recorded 950 receiving yards so far, with eight touchdowns to boot.
Contrastingly, the Tennessee Titans have struggled immensely on the offensive side of the ball this year. Only two teams have accumulated fewer yards per game in the league this year than the Titans, as fourth-year quarterback Marcus Mariota has struggled to get his offence clicking. Head coach Mike Vrabel will be grateful for his industrious defence, who have given up just 189 points this season; only Baltimore have conceded fewer. Their most impressive win of the year came against Tom Brady and the Patriots, as the Titans overcame the 5 time Superbowl champions 34-10 a fortnight ago. These two sides have already met this season when they did battle in week 2 on Titans’ home soil. In that game, the home side took a first quarter 14-point lead from which the Texans could never recover, inflicting their second loss of the season. However, Houston have only lost one game since that fixture and are in much better shape to exact revenge on their divisional counterparts on Monday Night Football.
Honourable mentions around the globe go to the international cricket in Pakistan as the hosts face New Zealand on day 3 of the 2nd Test. The tourists won the first Test but are currently in bad shape, as they go into day 3 trailing Pakistan by 394 runs, following an impeccable display at the crease by the host’s batsmen. There is action in the Premier League tonight, as Newcastle United welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to St. James’ Park in a potential relegation six-pointer. The two sides currently both sit on nine points and are only separated by Newcastle’s superior goal difference. There is also a typically hectic schedule in the NBA today with Derrick Rose returning to his former stomping ground as the Minnesota Timberwolves face the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. Finally, there is a divisional clash in the NHL as the Boston Bruins travel to face the Toronto Maple Leafs, where a win for Boston would bring them level on points with today’s opponents.
Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!
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