Sunday, December 28th, 1:00 p.m.
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Kickoff temperature: Dome
Line: Texans by 10
The Jaguars wrapped up their home schedule with a victory over the Titans last Thursday and they’re looking to finish the season strong with their first road win. Houston needs a victory and a few upsets to find their way to the playoffs.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 30th Overall (30th passing, 23rd rushing); 32nd scoring- 15.5 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 27th overall (20th passing, 27th rushing); 27th scoring- 25.9 ppg.
Texans offense- 17th overall (26th passing, 4th rushing); 14th scoring- 23.3 ppg.
Texans defense- 21st overall (24th passing, 11th rushing); 6th scoring- 19.3 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Stop Arian Foster. Foster is having a great season and he makes everything work for the Texans offense. With Case Keenum starting at quarterback, the Jaguars need to dedicate as many guys as possible to the line of scrimmage to stop the run and force the game on Keenum.
Block J.J. Watt. It seems easy, but it’s not. Watt is the greatest defensive player of the last 20 years and he’s a game-changer. A few weeks ago, the Jaguars let Watt go unblocked and ran away from him and that simply didn’t work. He must be accounted for.
Make them go outside. Case Keenum has a weak arm and the Jaguars must exploit that by forcing him to throw outside the numbers.
Take some shots. Houston is better at stopping the run than they are at stopping the pass. The Jaguars have a real deep threat in Marqise Lee and they need to max protect and take multiple shots.
Lots of Toby/Blake read option So what if the offense looks like a college offense. Any way the Jaguars can move the football is good and if they can break a few nice runs it will help in what should be a low scoring game.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
They need to get better on the offensive line. The Jaguars are outmatched on the line in this game. The Texans sacked Blake Bortles four times when they played last and it’s likely that it could be even worse on Sunday.
Marqise Lee led the team. Lee is the Jaguars best receiver and he will be targeted as such.
J.J. Watt will score. Watt plays some offense in goal line situations and can score on defense as well.
Blake Bortles will play well. Bortles is a gamer and he has some added confidence from last week’s victory. Bortles will not be the reason that the Jaguars lose.
They were shut out on the road. The Jaguars will score, but they won’t score enough points to beat a pretty good Texans team on the road. Jacksonville would like to win the game but Houston needs to win the game, and they’re better.