Week 3: Texans V. Jaguars: The Early Prediction

Trey Huguley@TwitlessbanterContributor ISeptember 22, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the NFL game at LP Field on September 20, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Texans won 34-31.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Houston Texans once again will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in what has become a two time a year heated rivalry. It should be another home win to keep the Texans on their uplifting path, but it will be just as hard fought as last weeks. It'll be a strong chance for Matt Schaub and Company to give die-hard fans like myself something to cheer loudly for as well as be a chance to win back the "bandwagoners" who litter the crowd at Reliant and streets of Greater Houston. 

The Jags are the only team in the AFC South whom the Texans have shown to have "consistency" over and I don't see that changing this week...especially on Battle Red Day. 

Jags Quarterback David Gerrard has always been a little over-rated and Coach Jack Del Rio may be a little too desperate to make some big things happen for his ball club this year. With these two factors and virtually no talent other than geriatric old fellers and coke heads at receiver, the Jaguars shouldn't get much of a passing game off.

Maurice Jones-Drew scares the pants off me and if our run Defense doesn't come prepared, he'll smack them in the mouth just like Chris Johnson did against the Titans last week. However, I have hope and believe that Cush and Demeco will handle business. Vik Vij, Texans Featured columnist, has the feeling that Connor Barwin and Mario Williams should have huge games against two Rookie Tackles. I have to say that I agree fully. We should finally see some big-plays from our Defensive line. 

On Offense, the Schaub-Johnson show will continue this week with the passing game firing on all cylinders. Expect Owen Daniels to get his catches and if Kevin Walter makes a return, he too should have a big game. Coach Gary Kubiak has already stated on his Monday appearance on CBS Houston Sports Radio, SportsRadio610, that Chris Brown should see a few more touches this week in light of Steve Slaton's recent troubles. Brown is a hard nosed runner who when healthy has the ability to break through for 4-5 yards per carry. He just lacks a little of the break-away speed and talent that Slaton showed us last year.

Let's just hope Slaton pulls out of his funk this week. His fumbling has been discouraging and although it hasn't really been a recurring issue for him in the past, it better not start now. A sophomore slump isn't uncommon and usually ends about half-way into their 2nd year. If he doesn't make some strides toward the positive this week, he'll be back against the Raiders. I'll stamp it with my guarantee.

All in all...I think the roof will be rocking at Reliant and the Texans will pull off a 28-13 victory.

What do you think?