5 Keys to the Game for Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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5 Keys to the Game for Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
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You are the Houston Texans. In your first game, you won the turnover battle 4-0, held the Miami Dolphins to 79 yards rushing, and beat them by 20 points. Can’t help but feel pretty good, right? 

Then you realize the running game, which is the core of your offense, was inadequate because neither flank of the offensive line blocked very well.  The Dolphins ran the ball a little too effectively in the first half. Thankfully, the four takeaways your defense created in seven minutes of the second quarter changed the entire direction of the contest. 

In Week 2, you face the Jacksonville Jaguars, the most banged up team in the league. They started off the season with nine players on injured reserve. Plus, guard Eben Britton and right tackle Cameron Bradfield have spent this week in walking boots. Starting linebacker Daryl Smith and cornerback Derek Cox were out in Week 1, and Pro Bowl cornerback Rashean Mathis only saw spot duty against the Minnesota Vikings.

To avoid looking ahead to Denver and dropping a winnable game, what must Houston do to come back home with the "W?" Here are five key areas that will lead the Texans to a 2-0 start.

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