On paper, the game between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars appears to be a giant mismatch. The game on the field should play out that way as well. The Houston Texans enter this contest with a new quarterback while the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to assess whether or not they have their quarterback of the future in rookie Blaine Gabbert.
The Houston Texans lost QB Matt Schaub for the season to a lis franc injury he sustained in their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Leinart will be under center for the remainder of the season for the Texans. Leinart comes with questions, but he now gets the team’s best receiver back this week and simply needs to manage the game for Houston. The Texans have the best one-two running back tandem in the NFL with Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
Houston’s offseason addition of Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator has been a significant hiring for Houston. Defense has always been an issue in Houston but Phillips has the Texans defense humming right now.
Jacksonville has been a dysfunctional team from the start of the season when they released QB David Garrard just days before the season started. The Jaguars handed the starting duties to journeyman QB Luke McCown, an experiment which last just a few weeks before rookie QB Blaine Gabbert was handed the starting job.
Jacksonville is 32nd in the league throwing the football, averaging just 129 yards per game through the air. Gabbert has thrown just six touchdowns this season. In the Jaguars first meeting against the Houston Texans, Gabbert completed just 10 passes for 97 yards and posted a passer rating of just 26.7.
Houston Texans -6.5 O/U 37
Expect a heavy dose of Arian Foster and Ben Tate in this game. Take Houston, give the points and the under.
Houston Texans 23 Jacksonville Jaguars 6