Week 2: Houston Texans At Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars v Carolina Panthers
Winner Matt Schaub made a successful return from the fractured foot that knocked him out last season. He wasn’t overly impressive in Week One against the Dolphins, but the Texans demonstrated their faith in him by giving him a contract extension.
Don’t blame Blaine Gabbert for the Jaguars’ Week One overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He led the offense to what appeared to be a game-winning drive in the final minute only to see the Vikings pull off the miracle and tie the game up.
Winner Few teams in the NFL can approach the balance the Texans have on offense. Andre Johnson is one of the most explosive receivers in the game and Arian Foster is probably the best all-around running back in football.
Maurice Jones-Drew ended his holdout and should be in peak form for this game. He has agility and quick-strike ability. Keep your eye on wideout Laurent Robinson, who caught five passes in the opener and was targeted nine times.
Winner The Texans depended on their defense to erase any thoughts the Dolphins had of recording an upset. Wade Phillips’ defense is noted for its speed and defensive end J.J. Watt is a superb pass rusher (1.5 sacks vs. Dolphins) while Brian Cushing is rapidly becoming one of the best linebackers in the game.
The Jaguars are likely to become one of the better tackling teams in the league, thanks to the solid fundamental play of hard hitting linebacker Paul Posluszny. Free safety Dawan Landry is a nasty tackler as well.
Special Teams
Winner Donnie Jones averaged 43.6 yards on his five punts against the Dolphins. Shayne Graham is a decent field goal kicker but not a star.
Winner The Jaguars need to take Jones-Drew off special teams after averaging just 2.0 yards on his punt returns. Punter Bryan Anger gets great height and distance on his kicks.

The Winner Is

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans
Winner Texans
4 out of 4

The Texans are one of the most complete teams in the league and they should not be bothered by going on the road. The Jaguars are almost always overlooked and quite physical, but they don’t have enough talent to stay with Houston this season.


  1. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans drops back to pass during the first quarter of the game on October 9, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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  3. FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots prepares to receive a snap during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during warm ups before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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