Sunday, December 7th, 1:00 p.m.
Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Kickoff temperature: 61 degrees, 20 percent chance of precipitation
Line: Texans by 6
Houston has their eyes on the playoffs and this is a must-win game for them. The Jaguars used some opportunistic defense to get their best win of the season and as always, they’re playing with house money.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 31st Overall (28th passing, 23rd rushing); 31st scoring- 15.5 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 28th overall (24th passing, 26th rushing); 28th scoring- 27.4 ppg.
Texans offense- 14th overall (23rd passing, 4th rushing); 13th scoring- 23.9 ppg.
Texans defense- 27th overall (30th passing, 16th rushing); T10th scoring- 20.6 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Win the turnover battle. The Jaguars can’t really beat many teams in the NFL straight up so they need to force and capitalize upon their opponents mistakes while making very few themselves. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a guy who will throw into traffic.
Throw on early downs. Run, run, pass is not the formula to beat the Texans as they have a very good pass rush. Blake Bortles needs to get going early with some safe throws in non-passing situations.
Triple Watt. This was not a great time for the Jaguars to lose their starting right tackle, Austin Pasztor. Josh Wells or Sam Young or both will have their hands full with the NFL’s best defensive player and the team needs to keep him away from Blake Bortles.
Stop the run. If Arian Foster has it going then the Texans offense looks pretty efficient. If the game is put on the right arm of Ryan Fitzpatrick, anything can happen. The Jaguars want to take their chances with Fitzpatrick.
Stop Hopkins DeAndre Hopkins has taken over No. 1 wide receiver duties from Andre Johnson and he’s a game changer. The Jaguars need to limit the big plays and they’ll be okay defensively.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
J.J. Watt is fantastic. Although Watt is not a real MVP candidate (that’s reserved for quarterbacks), he is a force of nature. The Jaguars have no answers whatsoever for Watt.
Marqise Lee led the team. Blake Bortles seems to be finding some comfort in throwing to Marqise Lee and the two will hook up again on Sunday for some big plays.
Arian Foster goes over 100. Arian Foster is still an elite running back when healthy and he will play in this game. The Jaguars will have a tough time stopping the former undrafted free agent from Tennessee.
Blake Bortles will end his turnover-less streak. Bortles hasn’t turned the football over in...two weeks. That streak will end against an opportunistic Texans defense.
They didn’t have enough The Jaguars simply aren’t as good of a team as the Houston Texans. Jacksonville beat them twice last season and that was more of an aberration of a team that had already quit than anything.