Brien Straw: 5 Things To Watch For As Texans Face Jags
Fresh off an impressive 13-6 victory over the Bears, the Texans will host the Jaguars this Sunday at Reliant sporting the best record in the AFC. This match-up could easily be declared a “battle [?]” of the best team in the NFL against the worst, and the only concern for the Texans being complacency. (Let’s be honest, that’s truly the case) However, here are some match-ups to watch for Sunday:
- Jags LT Eugene Monroe vs. Antonio Smith: Monroe is clearly Jacksonville’s best lineman and outplayed Smith (perhaps slightly-but it’s Jacksonville so we’re reaching!) in the week 2 meeting.
- Rashad Jennings vs. Texans run defense: Texans are third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (85.6), and held the Jags to 65 yards in their 27-7 week two win. Jennings didn’t play in that game, so he at least has some element of surprise…
- Texans special teams vs. Jaguars: The seasons’ lone sore spot will have an opportunity to show improvement against Jacksonville coverage and return units that also rank in the bottom half of the NFL.
- Texans WR’s vs. Jaguars secondary: Jags are in the bottom third in the NFL in pass coverage, which should allow ample opportunity for guys like Keshawn Martin, Lestar Jean and perhaps even Deviar Posey to make a contribution to the stat sheet. I still feel the Texans passing game lacks a deep threat, and maybe this game allows one of the younger players the opening to prove they are that much needed deep threat.
- Hangover & Complacency: Truth is, this game does pit the league’s best team – Texans, against one of the worst – Jags. The only way the Texans lose this game is by sleeping through it, and looking both behind to the Bears game, and ahead to the Lions game on Thanksgiving. The most critical match-up for the Texans Sunday is their mental preparation versus overconfidence.