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NFL Betting Preview for November 14, 2010: Texans vs. Jaguars (-1)

Written by Gaby Varji   
Monday, 08 November 2010 21:36

NFL Preview for November 14, 2010: Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-1)Overview:

The betting action on the Houston Texans (4-4) has taken a noticeable turn downwards. After two consecutive losses, the NFL betting experts are starting to wonder if the Texans have what it takes to stay in the playoff hunt in the AFC.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) posted one of the more impressive NFL scores from week eight as they beat the Dallas Cowboys 35-17. But the preseason NFL predictions had the Texans making the playoffs and not the Jaguars, and a win over the hapless Cowboys is not going to be enough to get the Las Vegas betting experts to jump on the Jacksonville bandwagon.

Offense:

On offense, running back Maurice Jones-Drew is holding the Jacksonville Jaguars together. While quarterback David Garrard struggles with the 27th ranked passing game in the league, Jones-Drew is heading up the eighth ranked running game in the NFL. While Jones-Drew has only scored one touchdown rushing this season, his 645 rushing yards have gone a long way in putting Garrard in position to throw his 13 touchdown passes so far this season. The problem for the Jaguars is that they will need a balanced attack to beat the Texans, and Jacksonville is just not balanced on offense.

The Texans offense is a powerhouse. Quarterback Matt Schaub already has 2,006 passing yards with 635 of those yards going to receiver Andre Johnson. On the ground, running back Arian Foster has put up 864 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. The Texans have the sixth ranked offense in the NFL, and they are averaging 24 points per game. The offense in Houston is more than capable of putting up points to take a lead, the difficulty in Houston is having the defense hold on to that lead.

Defense:

The Houston Texans have the 32nd ranked defense in the league giving up an average of 400 total yards per game. Their biggest weakness is in the passing game where they are ranked 32nd giving up an average of 298 yards per game. The saving grace for Houston is that they are ranked 11th against the run, and the run is the strong suit for the Jaguars. While Houston is having its problems on defense, it may be adequately equipped to handle the Jacksonville attack.

Jacksonville’s defense is consistently bad on both sides of the ball. They are ranked 28th overall giving up an average of 386 yards per game, ranked 28th against the pass giving up an average of 267 yards per game and 22nd against the run giving up an average of 119 yards per game. The Jaguars defense is also giving up an average of 28 points per game. Even if the Jaguars found a way to shut down Arian Foster, they do not have the coverage to keep Matt Schaub off the scoreboard.

The Bottom Line:

The Jaguars played a weak Dallas team and beat them soundly. The Texans have a better coach, a better offense and a better defense than the Cowboys. If the Jaguars are not able to shut down the run and the pass, then the Texans may run up the score on them.

BSN Sports Pick: Houston Texans

Last Updated on Monday, 08 November 2010 21:46
 
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