Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 2
Sunday is proving time for both Houston and Jacksonville. Not only is this a division game but Houston is being touted as one of the top teams to watch this year while Jacksonville will need this win to prove they can compete for the AFC South. Game time is 1pm ET on CBS in Jacksonville.
The high point for Houston this week is that their defense is ranked far ahead of Jacksonville’s and that is important because Jacksonville’s offense has the superior ranking. Looking at who each team played in Week One it is hard to draw strong comparisons for this week, but that is also what makes this game so exciting. Houston beat Miami 30-10 which is a sound win but not a huge win considering Miami is assumed to finish near the bottom of the league this season. Jacksonville, on the other hand, lost a competitive game to Minnesota 26-23 in overtime. Houston has won the last two meetings between these teams; the last game was in Jacksonville.
In Week One, Matt Schaub of Houston and Blaine Gabbert of Jacksonville had comparable games. Schaub was 266 yards, 1TD and no interceptions; Gabbert went 260 yards, 2 TDs and no interceptions. Jacksonville had a notably better rushing game in the first week with 113 yards while Houston had only 83 yards. Jacksonville’s defense gave up more yards but that does not mean much considering they played into overtime and played a tougher opponent.
The over/under for this game is 41.5 points. Traditionally this match-up has gone over 41.5 but the last two games have not. Given Jacksonville’s defense’s ranking match up with Houston’s offense it makes sense to think the score will not go over 41.5. However, Houston, as the favorite, is given an 8 point spread for this game.
Injuries on Houston’s side give pause to those thinking the spread on this game is low. Sunday’s game against Miami left three Houston linebackers injured, two are probable but Tim Dobbins (LB) went to the hospital with a neck injury and is listed as questionable. Also some of Houston’s offensive skill players got banged up in Miami but they are listed as probable. Jacksonville suffered very few and only minor injuries against Minnesota.
If Houston is going to beat the spread it will be up to Schaub to connect with Andre Johnson who was the fourth best receiver in the league last week with 8 receptions for 119 yards. Houston also has a good group of receivers to move the ball around. Also, if Houston can keep the game close, edge to the Texans because Schaub has more experience and composure. In overtime this past weekend Gabbert had the chance to win the game if he could march his team to a touchdown, however, he faltered on fourth down and that ended the game. Both teams need to have a great game.
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