Houston Texans Opponent Profile: Jaguars Hope To Knock Texans From Top Of AFC South

The Houston Texans are coming off a needed bye week as their team prepares to try to defend their first place lead in the AFC South. However, while they were on bye, the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans moved within striking distance and the Jacksonville Jaguars remained entrenched in the basement. This week, Houston gets to play the Jags and hopes to avoid a breakdown against this up-and-down team. Here is a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars team profile.

Jacksonville Jaguars Season Record

The underdog pick for the 2016 NFL season was the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2015, the Jags finished with five wins, which was impressive for the struggling franchise. There were some people who felt this was the year that the Jacksonville Jaguars finally climbed back to .500 and started to contend. It hasn’t happened. The Jaguars started off the season with three straight losses and are now on another three-game losing streak, sitting at 2-6 on the year. Two more losses and the Jaguars will have yet another losing season.

Jacksonville Jaguars On Offense

In 2015, fantasy football players relied on Blake Bortles to win leagues as the unlikely fantasy hero provided a ton of great stats. However, those great stats only resulted in five wins for the Jags and this season is no different. Bortles is on pace for over 4,000 passing yards and has thrown 14 touchdowns on the season, but he also has 10 interceptions and can’t seem to pull through in the clutch. He has thrown a pick in all but two games.

Part of the problem is that Bortles has no clear cut star receiver. Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson have all caught between 30 and 40 passes on the season. Former star Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is a shell of his former self, with only 21 catches for 245 yards. The running game is the only spot where the Jags can compete. They have a two-headed monster in the form of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, who have combined for 489 yards and two touchdowns. To put that into perspective, 16 individual running backs have more rushing yards than these two men combined.

Jacksonville Jaguars On Defense

The only reason the Jaguars are competing at all is their improving defense. They rank 10th overall in total defense and sixth against the pass. That is great news when it comes to playing Houston, a team that has little to no running game. Lamar Miller is improving as the season wears on with 637 rushing yards, but he has not broken more than 62 yards in three of the last four games for Houston. If the Jags can stop Brock Osweiler in the passing game, they can possibly win this game.

Jacksonville Jaguars Players To Watch

Blake Bortles – While his stats look like Bortles can put up a lot of points, he just makes too many mistakes. If the Jags want a chance to beat the Texans this week, Bortles can’t make any mistakes and needs to just run this offense cleanly while working the clock. Bortles is the only player on offense who can win this game for Jacksonville.

Jalen Ramsey – Ramsey is a rookie cornerback who is quickly becoming one of the most exciting (and brash) players on the Jaguars team. If Jacksonville can force Brock Osweiler to make more mistakes than Blake Bortles, this is a game the Jags could pull off a win in. Ramsey is fourth in total tackles with 32, although he has yet to pull in his first NFL interception.

Outlook

This is a game the Houston Texans should be able to win. The Jacksonville Jaguars are not pushovers and proved that by beating the Indianapolis Colts back in the fourth game of the season. However, they also give up way too many points. The good news for Jacksonville is that Houston doesn’t put up a lot of points. The Texans defense should win this game for Houston, but Jacksonville will make it exciting.

Post Author: Shawn S. Lealos.

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