TEXANS VS JAGUARS WEEK 7
Last Meeting (Week 15: December `7, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida Jags def. Texans 45-7)
To be honest, I am at a crossroads with this prediction.
If I were making this article two weeks ago about this game, I would’ve told you that the Texans were on their way to a legalized execution against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Right now, I am not sure that is the case. I could be a delusional Texans fan, but I actually believe that they have a slight chance in Jacksonville this Sunday. (Note, I said a SLIGHT chance.)
Let me take you back to September 23rd, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Jaguars have absolutely dominated the Patriots and sent a message to the entire NFL. At that time, I thought that the Jaguars were the best team in the NFL. The Texans would be lucky to hold their jock straps, nonetheless beat them.
Fortunately, that feeling didn’t last for long. Ever since that victory, the Jaguars have lost 3 of their last 4 games. Two of those losses were blowouts, including a shocking 40-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys who were recently beaten up on by the Texans the week prior.
In reality, this game can go two ways. I’ll start off with the way that I, along with many fans, would hardly be surprised if it were to happen.
Number one: The Texans face their death sentence in Jacksonville.
The Texans have many things to overcome on Sunday. On paper, the Jaguars appears to be more of a talented team than the Texans. They completely embarrassed the Texans last season, sweeping them in both a 29-7 and 45-7 blowout.
Let’s also take into the fact that the Jaguars should be pissed off and motivated after getting their asses handed to them in back to back weeks. I don’t think there is no team that wants to play Jacksonville in this type of situation.
The strongest strength versus the weakest weakness.
If there is one thing that the Jaguars are good at, it’s their pass rush. If there’s one thing that the Texans are bad at, it’s their offensive line, particularly pass protection.
The Texans have been historically awful this season in regards of protecting the QB. Through 6 games, they have allowed 25 sacks (shockingly Cleveland is the only team that has allowed more), and a total of 70 QB hits.
It has now been reported that RG Zach Fulton will be out for the game on Sunday. Zach has been the Texan’s best offensive lineman this season, and now the worst offensive line in the NFL will be without their best offensive lineman. Christ.
If the Texans cannot protect Deshaun Watson on Sunday, the Texans cannot and will not win. Not only will it be a loss, not only will it be a blowout, but it would be a chance that Watson may not even make it out the game alive. He’s already coming into the game beat up and injured as it is, so hopefully Bill O’Brien will be smart enough to pull Watson out of the game if the game gets ugly.
Number two:The Texans somehow survive in another dogfight.
As I stated, I believe that the Texans have a shot of winning this Sunday. Most of it depends on two factors, the offensive line and the defense.
The biggest reason why the Texans have a shot at winning in Jacksonville is their defense. After a slow start, the defense is finally hitting their stride. JJ Watt is back to his old dominant ways, Kareem Jackson is looking like a top defender, and the rest of the defense is playing well. Jacksonville has scored 21 points in the last 2 games, and Blake Bortles is beginning to look like the Blake of old. If the defense can create turnovers as well as score points off turnovers, the Texans will go from having a slight chance of winning to a great chance of winning.
If the offensive line can offer some sort of protection for Deshaun Watson, I believe the Texans can score enough points to win this game. The Texans have many weapons at their disposal on offense, but the offensive line has held them back from their full potential. With the previous struggles of the Jaguars defense, I believe the Texans can score points on Jacksonville. But that’ll only happen if the offensive line decides to block for Deshaun.
This is a tough game to call. With the Texans hitting their stride with their 3 game win streak, and the Jaguars struggling on a 2 game losing streak, anything can happen. Can the Texans win 4 in a row? I believe they can, and I believe they will win in Jacksonville Sunday. This game will be a dogfight and full of defense, but the Texans will once again luck out and find a way to get this win in Jacksonville.
FINAL SCORE: Texans 23, Jaguars 17