In a matchup of polar opposite teams, the Houston Texans will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Blue Steel Sunday today at Reliant Stadium. It’s been a two very different seasons for the Texans and Jags. Houston is tied for the league’s best record at 8-1, while the Jaguars are tied for the league’s worst record at 1-8. These AFC South division rivals met in week two, a Texans 27-7 win in Jacksonville. Today could (and should) be more of the same for the Texans as they continue their march to the AFC’s top seed.
Play With Intensity
One of the potential worries today is that the Texans could be in store for a letdown against a far inferior team. With their next three games on the road against quality opponents, it would be easy for the Texans to overlook the Jags in preparation for the remaining stretch of their schedule. The Jags are going to come out fighting and if the Texans don’t do the same, this could become a much closer game than it should be.
Keep It Simple
Since the Jags are so bad, the Texans should be able to stick to their basic game day play calling strategy and still dominate. Nothing tricky or fancy needed, just simple zone-runs, play-action passes, and base 3-4 defense. This gives them a chance to sure up any inconsistencies they may have with their bread and butter and gives their future opponents less to study on tape.
This isn’t so much a game planning strategy as it’s just something the coaches need to keep their eye on. The Texans have some minor injuries to guys who plan on playing today, and some more serious ones like that of TE Owen Daniels. The Texans’ coaches need to keep on eye on their banged up players and if this game gets out of hand early, they should rest some of their walking wounded.
BIG GAME ALERT
RB Arian Foster
Look for the Texans to keep the ball on the ground early and often today. With backup running back Ben Tate missing his third straight game, Foster will once again carry the load. Foster is only averaging 3.9 yards per carry this season, a career low, but that could change today against one of the league’s worst run defenses. Look for Foster to record another 100-yard rushing day and at least one touchdown.
The Texans have insisted all week that they would not have a letdown in today’s game. It would take a tremendous team effort to lose this one against a Jaguars team that is barely in the same league with the Texans. Fans should expect a game like the week two contest that resulted in a 20 point Texans victory.
TEXANS 31, JAGUARS 10Tags: Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Football, Houston, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL, Owen Daniels