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The Houston Texans (8-1) went into Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday night and knocked Jay Cutler out of the game and beat the Bears (7-2) decisively. It was rainy and windy, but the offensive line of the Texans and legs of Arian Foster proved to be the difference.

This week they return to the clear weather inside Reliant Stadium in Houston for a bit of a trap game against divisional opponent Jacksonville. The Jaguars (1-8) are not doing very much at all right at this point in the season but could be primed for an unexpected upset after having a few extra days from their Thursday night matchup to prepare.

An upset is not likely but stranger things can and have happened in the NFL.



Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: N/A

Betting Line: Texans (-16), according to Covers

 

Jacksonville Injury Report via ESPN (as of 11/13/2012) and CBS Sports (as of 11/8/2012)

PLAYER 

INJURY 

CB Rashean Mathis

Groin

FB Greg Kones

Hip

DB Dwight Lowery

Ankle

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

Foot

QB Blaine Gabbert

Shoulder

C Brad Meester

Foot

RB Montell Owens

Shoulder

CB Derek Cox

Back

 

Houston Injury Report via CBS Sports (as of 11/13/2012)

PLAYER 

INJURY 

LB Bryan Braman

Neck

RB James Casey

Illness

NT Shaun Cody

Ribs

TE Owen Daniels

Back

S Quintin Demps

Thumb, forearm

WR Lestar Jean

Knee

CB Johnathan Joseph

Quariceps

S Shiloh Keo

Back

CB Brice McCain

Knee

NT Earl Mitchell

Ankle

LB Jesse Nading

Foot, neck

DE Antonio Smith

Ankle

G Wade Smith

Knee

RB Ben Tate

Hamstring

WR Kevin Walter

Groin

QB TJ Yates

Right elbow

 

What's At Stake?

The Houston Texans are in no real danger of being caught by the Indianapolis Colts for the division lead. There’s even less of a threat of the 1-8 Jaguars catching them. Jacksonville is playing solely for pride and development of their young players for the rest of the season.

 

Fantasy Plays

Jacksonville WR Cecil Shorts

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With Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined Shorts has emerged as the lone fantasy option in Jacksonville. He’s currently averaging 8.2 points per game and has the potential to catch the stout Texans defense sleeping on any play due to his quickness and ability to turn short gains into big plays as a result.

Shorts is leading the Jags with four touchdowns and over 500 yards receiving on the season. If you’re looking for an option this week, he could put together a decent performance. However, I wouldn’t recommend anyone from Jacksonville unless you’re desperate.

 

Houston RB Arian Foster

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Foster is continuing to satisfy fantasy GMs who drafted him with the first overall pick. He’s averaging nearly 18 points per game. That’s good enough for second among running backs. Even against the stout Chicago Bears defense last week, Foster found a way to get some yards in both the rushing and passing game and got into the end zone for the 11th consecutive game. Although it took him nearly 30 carries, the steady back also broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the fifth time this season.

This matchup against Jacksonville is going to be a good one for fantasy owners. It’ll be the type of game that really stands out and defines Foster as the top back in the league. The Jags are third worst in the league in giving up fantasy points to running backs and are allowing nearly 140 yards per game on the ground. It’ll be easy pickings for the Texans’ star back on Sunday.

 

What They Are Saying

After knocking off the 7-2 Bears last week the Texans got some national attention by climbing back atop ESPN’s Week 11 NFL power rankings. Conversely, the Jaguars are 31st, not quite but so close to being the polar opposite of Houston.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union suggested that the Jags may try to implement their no-huddle offense this week earlier in the game in order to try to spark some momentum. He noted that it has had mixed results this season but that the 1-8 team could use a curveball like that to get an edge on the big challenge the Texans defense poses.

Pat Fitzmaurice of Pro Football Weekly ranked the Texans’ defense No. 1 this week due to their matchup against the Jaguars’ offense.

Rapper Chamillionaire gave his props to the Texans after a big Sunday night win in Chicago (via Twitter):

 

Key Matchup: Arian Foster and Houston’s offensive line vs. Jaguars front seven

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As noted in the fantasy section above, the Jaguars defense isn’t up to par with some of the fronts Foster and his O-line have gotten the best of this season.

The zone blocking scheme of the Texans offensive line will likely present problems for a defensive front that has struggled to defend straight-ahead schemes this season. By getting the Jags’ D moving along the line of scrimmage, Foster will be able to find creases and cutback lanes as he does best and run at will on Sunday afternoon.

If Jacksonville has any hopes of competing they’re going to have to win the battle against the Texans’ offensive line at the point of attack. If they let Houston get them moving laterally along the line they’ve already lost.

 

Prediction

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You’d like to think that the Jaguars will come to Houston and be competitive but they just haven’t shown the capacity to do that since Jones-Drew went down. There’s a chance they could make things a little closer than this, but the smart bet is on an easy Sunday afternoon for the Texans as they improve to 9-1 in front of their hometown crowd.

Texans 31, Jaguars 10

 

Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: 

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