The Houston Texans hit the road after winning their home opener and set their sights on the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday Sept 16th. Houston beat Miami 30-10, while Jacksonville lost in overtime to Minnesota 23-26. The Texans have won three straight over the Jaguars, all as favorites. Sportsbooks have the Week 2 NFL Predictions on the Jaguars listed as +7.5 point homedogs against the Texans with the over/under set at 41.5 points. We recommend you compare NFL Betting Odds on the Texans vs Jaguars Spread.
Houston won their home opener over the Dolphins 30-10, and even though they won by 20 points they focused on the negative rather than the positive. Their running game was null and void. The Texans rushed for only 83 yards against Miami. It’s almost inconceivable that the NFL’s second-ranked running game could produce an average per carry of only 2.4 yards.
“The biggest thing I was disappointed in offensively was how we ran the ball, which wasn’t very good,” Kubiak said. If not for Arian Foster’s two touchdowns rushing, the running game would have been an abomination.
Quarterback Matt Schaub completed 20 of 31 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown, while Arian Foster made eight catches for 119 yards with one touchdown. The Texans defense pulled in three interceptions.
Jacksonville will attempt to bounce back from their 26-23 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings. But with the amount of injuries they have piled up, they aren’t looking to good this week. Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey knows injuries are always a part life in the NFL, but he conceded that he’s never seen the rash of foot and ankle injuries he’s dealing with right now.
They opened the season with 10 players on the injured-reserve list and didn’t dress two defensive starters. Three offensive linemen, Cameron Bradfield, Eben Britton and Uche Nwaneri, were injured in the game, as well as running back Rashad Jennings, who went out with a knee injury.
As the Jaguars regroup for the Texans game, Mularkey said, “It is what it is. There’s nothing we can do about it. “We have to play with who we have. We will adjust by game plan for who’s in there and scheme to try to get them in a position to be successful. When it gets hairy is when you get three linemen [injured]. I can’t remember that happening ever when three guys early in the game went down.” Another priority for Mularkey is getting his team to learn how to win close games. “I think it’s experience,” he said. “If we can get over the hump and make some of those plays, we will win more games.”
NFL Week 2 Predictions & Betting Trends:
Favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Texans are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 meetings.
Under is 4-1 in Jaguars last 5 games in September.
Jaguars are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 2.
Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars
When: Sunday Sept 16th@1:00 PM ET
Pick: Texans -7.5
The Bottom Line: The Jaguars are too busted up and will be starting inexperienced players.
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