Houston Texans Picked To Beat Jacksonville Jaguars With Addition of Jason Allen

Denise CharlesContributor IIINovember 12, 2010

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Arian Foster #23 scores against the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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In Texas, one will always sense an awkward tension between Dallas and Houston football fans. 

Since the Houston Texans became a franchise, Dallas has always had the upper hand.  However, with Dallas losing its quarterback due to injuries and getting a new head coach— and most importantly, due to a current record of 1-7—Dallas has lost all bragging rights in Texas. 

Many have begun to cheer for the Houston Texans.  The Texans are currently 4-4, but their game performances have been breath-taking and nail-biting because of the never-before-seen talent. 

Houston is currently third in the league with 10 rushes of 20 yards or more, seven of which are Arian Foster's.

The Texans have allowed a league-high 15 passes of 30 yards or more, but only four rushes of 20 yards or more.

Despite their accomplishments though, Houston is still tied for the third position in the AFC South with the Jacksonville Jaguars

They play Jacksonville on Sunday, a game in which the Texans are the game favorite because of their offense.  Houston can put points on the board and run the ball. 

Yes, the Texans are on a losing streak following a strong start to the season (including a win against Indianapolis), but they won’t let their past affect them.  And although both teams lost to the San Diego Chargers, and both won against Indianapolis, one thing is for sure: It will be a close game. 

The Texans have been criticized for what was judged as a roster flaw: not having a capable veteran corner.

They made a waiver claim to remedy that recently, They were awarded former Dolphin Jason Allen.

He could plug in quickly on special teams, where safety Dominique Barber—who suffered a knee injury on Wednesday—played a big role. Allen won’t be seen as any sort of savior, but at least he’s a guy with experience who might be a serviceable alternative and might do justice for this Houston team.

Everything is falling into place. There is much critical acclaim from the media, after comparing their season-opening performance to the recent upsetting losses recently.  Will the Texans revive themselves this weekend against Jacksonville?  Can they make it to the top of the AFC South?