Behind Enemy Lines: Texans at Jaguars

Scout.com AFC South Expert Charlie Bernstein answers the fans questions about this weeks' game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.

1. Mojo's ankle. How close to 100% will he be? If he can't go, will Greg Jones split carries with Taylor or will Fred carry the load?

Jones-Drew's ankle is good to go. When he sat out Wednesday's and Thursday's practices, it was mostly precautionary.

2. Will Jerry Porter play this week and how effective can he be?

That's the million dollar question (actually the $10 million question). Porter practiced all week and is considered probable for the game for the first time this season. As to what type of impact he will make, nobody can do much better than guess. Porter was supposed to be the answer to the Jaguars lack of star power at wide receiver, but he hasn't done anything in a teal uniform yet, so the jury is definitely still out. Even if he's at 100%, who's to say the team will even throw the ball 15 yards past the line of scrimmage? I don't expect much from Porter on Sunday, as he still has to build timing and some cohesion with Jaguars quarterback David Garrard.

3. Has Matt Jones woke from his four-year nap or was last week just a fluke? I always thought with his combo of size, speed, and jumping ability that Jones should be a clone to Plaxico Burress. He just seems disinterested to this point in his career.

Jones has been the Jaguars best receiver this season, and he has seemed to rededicate himself to the game of football. He's running his routes hard, and he's not afraid to go over the middle. As to any comparisons to Plaxico Burress, I don't really see that. Burress has legitimate deep speed, and Jones' speed doesn't really translate to the football field. Jones is strictly a possession receiver.

4. Do you think the Jaguars offensive line can neutralize their defensive line, particularly Mario Williams and create holes for the run game?

There's a reason why the Texans are 27th in the league in stopping the run, the stats simply don't lie. Houston is not making enough plays in the opponents backfield, so I would say definitively that if the Jaguars make a commitment to run the football for four quarters, they will find success against the great Mario Williams and the Texans defensive line.

5. Will the Jags utilize more of the passing game on Sunday, or will the makeshift O-Line be able to prove itself against a legit run defense?

I believe the Jaguars will be a little more balanced offensively than they were a week ago, mainly because they won't be able to push around a bigger, stronger defensive line quite as easily as they did Indianapolis' undersized line. That said, the numbers don't lie and the Texans are 27th against the run, look for the Jaguars to be able to run the football and mix in some more play action.

6. Will the Jags be able to rattle Matt Schaub much like other teams have? Do Harvey and Groves get sacks?

What you're basically asking is if the Jaguars will be able to get pressure on the passer. The Texans offensive line isn't the Texans offensive line of the David Carr days, and they are much more effective with right tackle Eric Winston, who's very solid, and rookie Duane Brown, who has been a pleasant surprise. I believe the Jaguars will be able to get pressure from the interior, and look for Derek Landri and Rob Meier to have solid games. Still, look for Schaub to have his best game of this young season as his job is clearly on the line. As for the two rookies, I say sack for Groves, not Harvey.


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