Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 195 ViewsOn 11/18/2013 04:39 PM in NFL
The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the National Football League, but it could be argued that the Houston Texans are just as bad. We will find out this week when both teams battle on the field for what could be a very high draft pick at the end of the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game opened up with the Texans listed as double digit favorites. The current (-10) point spread us attracting action on the road team. This is a strong indication of just how bad the Texans have become as over 58 percent of the early wagering is on the pathetic Jaguars. This line could change leading up to kickoff so check your latest top rated online sportsbooks for the current point spread.
The Jaguars have been struggling this season and one of their problems is the running game. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew continues to struggle. He ran for 41 yards on 21 carries in last week's game against Tennessee and had 23 yards on 14 carries against Arizona. Part of the issue is the offensive line, which is starting its Nos. 3 and 4 offensive tackles and hasn't had starting left guard Will Rackley since the San Francisco game on Oct. 27. However, the line hasn't played well when it was completely healthy, either. Jones-Drew, who missed the final 10 games last season with a Lisfranc injury and has battled ankle and knee issues this season, looks a half-step slow and doesn't seem to have the burst he did throughout his career. They will need a solid running game to move the ball against an angry Texans team.
It is unclear who will be the quarterback for this team or who will win this Sunday.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal some interesting betting angles. Jacksonville is 1-6 straight up in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston and the total has gone over in 4 of Jacksonville's last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston. Jacksonville is 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last 8 games on the road and 1-10 straight up in its last 11 games on the road, not to mention1-13-1 straight up in its last 15 games. Houston is 0-4-1 straight up in its last 5 games and 1-3-1 straight up in its last 5 games at home.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.