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After an up and down first half of the season, the Jaguars still have plenty to hang their hats upon. Find out what they're so confident about, why Marcedes Lewis is so good and why you shouldn't give up on Maurice Jones-Drew for your fantasy team.



Eyes on First Place

After the Jaguars 42-20 loss at Kansas City on October 24th, the last thing most Jaguars fans were thinking about was an AFC South title. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the Jaguars find themselves just one game out as the team evened its record to .500 with a blowout victory over Dallas.

"We've put ourselves in a position where we're afloat right now," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said. "We're not happy where we are but it could be a whole lot worse. We have the potential to do a lot of great things but we have to not talk about it, we have to go out and do it."

As the Jaguars enjoyed their bye week, the team witnessed losses by both Indianapolis and Houston. With a victory over the Texans this Sunday and a little help, the Jaguars could find themselves with a share of first place in the AFC South.

Lewis is Looking to Finish Strong

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is hoping that the second half of his season will be something like the first half. The fifth-year veteran from UCLA set a team record for first-half touchdown receptions as he has seven in eight games. The seven scores tie him for fourth in the NFL.

"Marcedes has been great when we've gotten into the red zone, he's made a lot of plays for us," said Garrard, who has thrown more than half of his touchdowns to Lewis.

Keep the Points Rolling

There's a good opportunity for the Jaguars offense to stay hot this week against Houston as they'll be facing the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL. The Texans have allowed nearly 400 yards per game this season and are tied for 30th in the league in points allowed (28.2 ppg), with Jacksonville.

"We're playing four times in our division," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio stated. "We're going to play Houston twice starting with the game coming out of this break here and we'll get an opportunity to be better."

When preparing for Houston in recent years, teams always had to concern themselves about the Texans explosive passing game. Houston is much more balanced this year as they have the league's leading rusher in Arian Foster. The former undrafted rookie has run for 864 yards while averaging 5.5 yards per carry with nine touchdowns. He's also caught 32 passes for 315 yards with one touchdown.

The Texans, losers of two straight find themselves with an identical 4-4 record as the Jaguars, and Houston head coach Gary Kubiak's primary focus is on their trip to Jacksonville.

"Our football team is worried about Jacksonville (this week). I'm not worried about the sweep of the AFC South. We've got to play the next game. We've got to figure out a way to win our fifth game," the Houston head coach explained.

A Pro Bowl Decoy

Maurice Jones-Drew is having somewhat of disappointing season for fantasy owners as he's only found the end zone three times.

"It's not about that, I just want to win," Jones-Drew explained when asked about getting the ball more. "At the end of the day, I care less about the stats, people are like what's wrong with you but I just want to win. So if that means me not running the ball, if we win we win. I could care less."

Jones-Drew hasn't completely fell off the map, as the 5'7" dynamo is still on pace for nearly a 1,300 yard season. Most of Jones-Drew's red zone touches have gone to his college teammate, tight end Marcedes Lewis as teams have keyed in on the diminutive back.

"We know Maurice can make plays and do great things too, it just seems like we've been able to capitalize a little further out instead of having to pound Maurice in there," Garrard explained. "We know we still have that option if we need it, but it's good that we're versatile there."


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