Houston Texans (1-4) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
Sunday, October 18th, 1:00 PM EST
Kickoff Temperature: 70 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Pick 'em
The Houston Texans travel to Jacksonville trying to turn things around and salvage their season under new, old starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Houston has been one of the league's biggest disappointments in 2015. Meanwhile the Jaguars have seemingly invented new ways to lose each week and are playing for Gus Bradley's job. Find out what the Jaguars need to do to get a win on Sunday.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory:
1. Play smart. It sounds easy, but the Jaguars need to avoid making the crucial mistakes that have become commonplace. No untimely fumbles, bad penalties with mistakes lining up and overall carelesss play. The team isn't good enough to overcome those against any NFL opponent.
2. Win the line of scrimmage. The Jaguars defensive line was blown off the ball last week against the Buccaneers and that can't happen when facing a team that has Arian Foster in the backfield. Offensively, the Jaguars must open up holes for the running game and by all means protect Blake Bortles.
3. Run to the edges. The Texans have been caught overpursuing all year long and the Jaguars need to keep testing the edges, even if T.J. Yeldon doesn't play.
4. Neutralize Watt (if he plays). It's far from an easy task, but someone has to do it. The quick passing game will limit J.J. Watt's effectiveness and get him frustrated.
5. Take your shots. The Jaguars have taken more deep shots than any team in the NFL and they need to continue that against a pair of bad Houston safeties. Allen Robinson should be targeted deep at least one time per quarter.
What To Look For:
1. Another solid game from the Allen's. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are ahead of schedule regarding their development as NFL players. They are showing an ability to get open and catch the ball and there's no reason that can't continue on Sunday.
2. Arian Foster goes over 100. Foster seemingly always plays well against the Jaguars and despite the team knowing that they have to neutralize him, he's one of the very best and will find some big gains.
3. A few big plays by Denard Robinson. Denard Robinson is back from injury and has plenty to prove. Even if Yeldon plays, Robinson should still have a nice contribution on third down.
4. Brian Hoyer plays well. Hoyer is a better quarterback than he gets credit for and he will play a solid game on Sunday.
5. The Jaguars dominate, then lose. That's been the script a lot this year. The Jaguars outplay their opponents and then make some mind-scratching mistakes to pull out defeat from the jaws of victory. Why should Sunday be any different?