Game Snapshot: Texans at Jaguars

A game snapshot for the Houston Texans visit to challenge the Jacksonville Jaguars.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 9/28/08
TV: CBS (Dick Enberg, Randy Cross)
SERIES: 13th meeting. Texans lead series, 7-5. The Texans have only been swept by the Jaguars once (2005) in the series history. The Texans lost in Jacksonville last season, 37-17.

PREDICTION: Jaguars 17-16

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Texans have two main areas of focus - cutting down on turnovers and improving in the red zone, where they scored just 12 points in six trips last weekend. With rookie RB Steve Slaton proving he can be a big-play threat, Houston has a solid ground presence. That should help the pass protection for QB Matt Schaub, who needs to improve his decision making and stop having receivers drop catchable balls. ... The Texans are allowing 4.5 yards per carry, but they aren't as undersized as the Colts defense that allowed the Jaguars to rush for 236 yards last weekend. Jacksonville is still plagued by injuries to the interior of its offensive line, which is where the Texans have experimented with rushing DE Mario Williams at times. Jaguars QB David Garrard already has four interceptions to surpass his 2007 total of three, but this could be the week he finally gets WR Jerry Porter back into the mix.

KEY INJURIES: Texans: RB Ahman Green (ankle) will back up Slaton if he plays; DT Travis Johnson (ankle/knee) could return after missing a game. Jaguars: FS Reggie Nelson (knee) is uncertain; Porter (hamstring) could be a game-time decision.

FAST FACTS: Texans WR Andre Johnson is averaging 88.7 receiving yards in his past four games against Jacksonville. ... Since turning 30 on Jan. 24, 2006, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is third in the NFL with 73 carries of at least 10 yards.

--RB Ahman Green (ankle) took part in more of practice Thursday. He even took a few hits. The coaches are waiting to see how his ankle reacts to the practice to decide if he will dress for Sunday's game.

--DT Travis Johnson (ankle, knee) is still day-to-day. He participated in portions of practice Thursday, and the coaches will watch film of Friday practice to see if he might contribute.

--TE Mark Bruener (hamstring) participated in a limited number of snaps in practice Thursday. It seems unlikely he will play this week.

--S Brandon Harrison (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday and is not expected to play Friday.

--LS Bryan Pittman is under pressure these days. Coach Gary Kubiak said he has not snapped well for a month, and that it is critical he gets back on track. He will be scrutinized throughout the game Sunday and there is a threat he will lose his job.

--WR Jerry Porter practiced Thursday on a full-scale basis, but it's still uncertain if he'll play for the first time Sunday.

--LB Justin Durant (groin) didn't practice Thursday and will probably miss the game.

--RB Maurice Drew (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, but the Jaguars think he'll play Sunday against Houston.

--FS Reggie Nelson (knee) didn't practice Thursday and his status is uncertain for the Texans game.

--RB Fred Taylor (hand) practiced on a limited basis Thursday, but the Jaguars think he'll be able to play.

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