If You Think Beating Jacksonville Is Easy, You’re Not Paying Attention
Sure the Jags are challenged at quarterback but they do have the second best running back in the NFL in Maurice Jones-Drew who has enjoyed a 5-1 record against Houston is six starts with three 100+ yard games.
Jacksonville also has a playoff caliber defense. So the recipe for a Jaguar win is simple: run the ball, let the rookie passer make some key throws and make some big stops with Jack Del Rio’s 4-3 defense.
Do I need to remind you of 2009 when Jacksonville came to Reliant Stadium with a ‘rebuilding’ team that sent the Texans to a miserable 1-2 at the time?
For the Texans to fail they will have to help the Jags out with mistakes. Gary Kubiak cannot tolerate penalties, turnovers and missed opportunities. Especially if Jacksonville plays clean football.
But aren’t we passed all this? Aren’t these the ‘New’ Texans who will take control of this game by half time and continue to pour on the pressure in the 3rd and 4th quarters?
We’ve said it before, but for the Texans to win consistently, they’ll have to deal with success. They’ll have to stand up and take an underdog’s best shot and reject them.
And this is no ordinary underdog. Say what you want about the Titans being the Texans biggest rival. Jacksonville popped up on the radar as a rival from day one as Houston plucked some former Jags in the 2002 expansion draft and beat them in the first ever meeting in North Florida.
The series is deadlocked at 9-9 and the Jaguars know that a win puts them just one game behind Houston with another meeting coming up in the Sunshine State after Thanksgiving. This is no gimme two-foot-putt. Sure the Texans should prevail but don’t expect the Jaguars to go down easy. They seldom do.