Each week, Texans101.com analyzes the Houston Texans upcoming opponent and in this article identifies a specific matchup the Texans must win in order to come away from the game victorious. However, this week’s opponent is the Texans’ division rival Jacksonville Jaguars, a team currently 1-8 and riding a six game losing streak as they prepare to travel to Houston Sunday.
There isn’t much to brag about these days in Jacksonville. The team has been abysmal, and there are constant rumors of the team relocating to Los Angeles or London (both farfetched if you ask me). To make matters worse, the only real star on this team, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, has been sidelined the past three weeks with a foot injury and doesn’t appear to be ready to retake the field for several more weeks. That’s why, this week’s key matchup for the Houston Texans is … themselves.
There is not a single facet of the game in which the Jags are even comparable to the Texans right now. The Jags cant run the ball, can’t pass the ball, and defensively cannot stop either the run or pass. The offense is particularly bad, last in the NFL in yardage and points per game. The Jaguars average a 27.3 to 14.1 loss every week. They AVERAGE a thirteen-point loss. If this isn’t what a train-wreck of an NFL team looks like, I have no idea what is.
For the Texans, this Sunday’s game has the possibility of being a trap game. Now I know, a trap game usually involves an under the radar team that isn’t as bad as their record indicates, but given this is an AFC South contest, I expect the Jaguars to at least show up and give the Texans their best fight. All the Texans really need to do Sunday is not overlook the Jags. The Texans are coming off a huge Sunday Night Football win over the Chicago Bears on the road and have three straight road games against the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, and New England Patriots following this Sunday’s game. Over the course of the next month, the Jags are just a blip on the Texans’ radar. This is typically the recipe for an upset victory by an underdog on the road.
At the end of the day, the Texans only need to do a little more than put on their pads and simply take the field in order to beat the Jags. But if they were to come out flat and lackadaisical, that always opens a door for even the worst of NFL teams. The Texans need to get excited for this one as if it’s against the Bears and take care of business from the onset. The only thing stopping the Texans from walking away victors on Sunday is themselves.
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