"That's why we're not in the playoffs, because of our division losses", Mularkey said of going 1-4 in the AFC South.
The Texans have the possibility of facing the Raiders, Chiefs, or Dolphins in playoff wild card. - Heading into the final weekend of the season, the Titans sit in the the fifth and 16th spots in the first round - the first pick courtesy of last year's trade with Los Angeles and the second pick Tennessee's own. The Texans' defense has remained strong, but Ryan Fitzpatrick was his starting quarterback in 2014, and it was Brian Hoyer in 2015. Savage has struggled, but the Texans know what they have in Brock Osweiler.
Cassel, 34, makes his first start in place of the injured Marcus Mariota.
As for the Titans' second pick in the first round, a Tennessee loss on Sunday could put the Titans as high as No. 12 overall - once the tiebreakers are figured out.
"I think everyone was really energized and (upset) over what happened last week", defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said. Savage hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in the past two games, but he hasn't thrown an interception, something Osweiler was doing with frightening regularity.
STINGY RUN D: Not only do the Texans have the stingiest defence in the National Football League, nobody has been better stopping the run since Week 8.
On Monday he said that Savage would start in the regular-season finale against Tennessee, but didn't say anything about Houston's playoff game. Nick Novak added a 26-yard field goal for the Texans, which got 123 yards on seven receptions from DeAndre Hopkins. A win Sunday would tie the biggest one-year turnaround in franchise history, matching the six-win improvement of 1967 and 1974.