Seriously, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the road again to take on the Houston Texans. Unlike the Jaguars, the Texans won last week while on the road against the Tennessee Titans. Frankly, I'm not confident that the Jaguars will do the same this week.
If the Jaguars are to win, they will have to move the ball on a rather porous Texans defense. To do so will keep the Texans offense off the field, and maybe Andre Johnson can catch hoagies instead of footballs.
The first area of focus is the Jaguars OL against the Texans DL. Mario Williams is arguably one of the best in the game at DE, and surely he'll eat Eugene Monroe's lunch. Tra Thomas better be ready to give Monroe some rest because its going to be a long afternoon.
Then there is Andre Johnson. He may be able to eat a hoagie during the game depending on how Mel Tucker decides to have him covered. Surely he will be double and possibly triple-teamed, but regardless he will get his catches and yards. Unless Derrick Harvey or Atiyyah Ellison puts pressure on Matt Schaub, the Jaguars may see another disaster, defensively this Sunday.
The Jaguars game plan will be simple; enter Maurice Jones-Drew and a minimum of 20 carries to eat game clock. Fortunately, the Texans run defense has played poorly giving up 215 yards per game, so we may see the Jaguars run game open up this week. It better because the Jaguars cannot afford to have the Texans on the field more than 30 minutes.
If the Texans turn the game into an aerial shootout, the Jaguars will be pressed to improve on their WR play. Torry Holt has shown glimpses of his past performances, and Mike Sims-Walker showed why the Jaguars coaching staff has been hopeful about his potential.
The Jaguars passing game has been abysmal. David Garrard has had more fumbles than TD passes, and he only has two TDs so far this season. If Dirk Koetter doesn't find a way to open up the passing game and stretch the defense, we may see the Texans improve their run stopping abilities.
The Jaguars will keep it close, but I'm afraid the Texans will win this one by a field goal. I hope that the Jaguars at least show up and play with passion and determination. Jacksonville cannot afford another lackluster effort this week.
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