The Jaguars (2-12) head on the road this week to face the Houston Texans in NRG Stadium Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. A win has not been discussed on the First Coast since the Jags took down the Chicago Bears nearly two months ago on Oct. 17. The Texans (7-6) are in a three-way race for the AFC South, and they can distance themselves from the Titans.
Five of the Jags’ last six losses have been by nine or fewer. It doesn’t help to ease the suffering, but it shows the pattern of what we have come to expect each week.
The Jaguars will face the Texans for the 30th time on Sunday. Houston has won back-to-back games in the series. The Jags are 11-18 all-time, and the Texans won the last meeting 24-21 on Nov. 13. It could be very similar Sunday to what we saw in Week 10.
Humble-brag to Texans fans:
Our quarterback is better at scoring.?.!
We liked saying Reliant Stadium. NRG is odd, right?
Allen Robinson (9/107 with TD) was better in the first matchup from Week 10. DeAndre Hopkins (5 for 48 yards) was just okay.
Need to See:
Myles Jack played 12 snaps last week. Come on. Add to the list of why this coaching staff should have gotten the boot much earlier.
He has stayed healthy, and WR Marqise Lee has 50 receiving yards in six of his last nine games. This might be the most unexpected positive for the Jaguars in 2016. At 728 now, can Lee reach 1,000 receiving yards?
MLB Paul Posluszny is two tackles away from 100. That will give him eight consecutive seasons with 100-plus tackles. But do more teammates call him out for getting beat in the middle of the field?
What to Watch:
Everyone is beginning to say the Jaguars could play spoiler these last few weeks. How logical is that?
It’s been awhile since the Jaguars looked like they were playing from the grave. Are those deathly performances gone from this season?
The Jags and Texans are the two lowest-scoring teams in the division. Are they able to combine for more than 40 points?
Trying to Figure Out:
Can your fantasy football team continue its good play?
Is this game truly a must-win for the Texans? Tennessee has to play at Kansas City (10-3) on Sunday. Talk about an overused word.
The Texans and Titans are 7-6 coming into this week. Will one begin to separate from the other? Most likely, it comes down to their meeting on Jan. 1.
About the Opponent:
The Houston Texans are 7-6, with a 5-1 mark at home and 4-0 against the AFC South. Those latter two records are far and away the best in the division. They went winless over their toughest stretch of the season – Raiders, Chargers and at the Colts – which ended two weeks ago. A nice 22-17 victory over Indy last week, and Houston has good playoff chances.
Oh, and which Texan will have a pick-six off Bortles? On Wednesday, the Jaguars quarterback said he has to be a better tackler. That actually happened.
Texans RB Lamar Miller was limited Wednesday due to ribs/ankle. He has run for 100-yard games twice in the past four games. Last week, Miller went over the 1,000-yard mark for this season. He has been a much better free agent signing than the Jags’ Chris Ivory, and it is not close.
This Equals a Win:
The Jaguars still haven’t learned how to win. Losing eight straight games does not come easy. They can snag a victory before the season ends; it’s just a matter of which one. We wouldn’t be shocked if this is the one. Although the Colts in the season finale is everyone’s pick.
How to Listen:
Frank Frangie, Tony Boselli and Jeff Lageman will provide the call on 1010XL and 92.5 FM with Rick Ballou working the sidelines. The Sawyer Gas Kickoff Show begins at 10 a.m. The simulcast will be on WGNE 99.9 FM.
Where to Watch:
Another CBS game and that means Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein for a Sunday AFC South showdown. Poor guys. They’ve really been forced to earn their paychecks.