The Houston Texans will travel to play the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 14th in a game that will set the tone for both their seasons. The Houston Texans have disappointed many prognosticators that picked them to win the AFC South this season. The Texans are not out of the race by any means but games against their AFC South opponents are must win games. Houston’s loss to the San Diego Chargers on their home field was a brutal blow to their hopes of making the NFL Playoffs and they cannot afford to lose this game to Jacksonville.
Houston Texans Defense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Offense
The Houston Texans defense has been struggling to keep up with most NFL offenses this season. They are giving up close to 300 yards a game through the air but they have been decent at stopping he run. The over 400 yards of total offense the Houston Texans have given up is the most in the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars offense have had their moments. Brian Cushing is not making the impact many hoped for when he returned from a four game suspension and the defense is still giving up big numbers.
David Garrard returns to the starting lineup for the Jacksonville Jaguars well rested after a bye week. Garrard is a serviceable quarterback that shows glimpses of greatness on occasion. His receivers at his disposal are steady with Marcedes Lewis and Mike Sims-Walker leading the way. Look for a spirited battle between AFC South foes in this one and plenty of scoring. The Jacksonville Jaguars offense has a slight edge over the Houston Texans defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense vs Houston Texans Offense
The Houston Texans passing game has taken a nose dive but the running game has been the one shining light on the offense. Arian Foster has continued to be the number one running back in the NFL and his back ups Steve Slaton and Derrick Ward have also produced when Foster has taken a breather. Look for the Houston Texans to attempt to get their passing game established early. If Andre Johnson is still hobbled by ankle issues it may curtail the offense a bit but they Matt Schaub still has plenty of targets.
The Jacksonville Jaguars defense has quietly gone about their business. They have been exposed by good rushing teams and the Houston Texans should be able to exploit that early in this game. Against the pass the Jacksonville Jaguars are middle of the pack giving up over 250 yards through the air per game. The Houston Texans offense has the edge over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Houston Texans -2 vs Jacksonville Jaguars: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has made the Houston Texans a two point favorite over the home team Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-2 on their home field and they are 4-4 against the spread. Meanwhile the Houston Texans are 3-5 against the spread and 2-1 against the spread on the road.
AFC South games are tough to predict but the Jacksonville Jaguars have beaten the Indianapolis Colts in their house and the San Diego Chargers. Take the Jacksonville Jaguars +2 points to cover the spread and beat the Houston Texans straight up.
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