Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars - 11/8/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) vs Houston Texans (1-6)
Game Info: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm (TIAA Bank Field)
Betting Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars +4 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Texans will travel to TIAA Bank Field to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Houston Texans are coming off their bye week and are looking to get things on track after falling to 1-6 on the season after being defeated by the Green Bay Packers, 35-20, on October 25th. Houston struggled offensively agianst the packers defense and could not fight back after going into the 4th quarter trailing by a 28-7 margin. Houston was outgained by Green Bay by a 379-365 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Texans was QB Deshaun Watson who completed 29 of 39 passes for 309 yards & 2 TD.
On the season, Houston is averaging 23.7 ppg on 384.1 total yards per game (299.3 passing yds/g; 84.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston has been led by QB Deshaun Watson who has completed 69.5% of his passes for 2,095 yards (320.3 passing yds/g), 15 TD, and 5 INT. Watson is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Texans as he has 147 yards & 1 TD on 30 carries. The leading targets for the Texans have been Will Fuller V (31 rec, 490 yards, 5 TD), Brandin Cooks (34 rec, 427 yards, 2 TD), Randall Cobb (30 rec, 372 yards, 2 TD), and Darren Fells (14 rec, 205 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Houston backfield has been David Johnson who has 392 yards & 3 TD’s on 101 carries.
Defensively, Houston is allowing their opponents to average 31.0 ppg on 431.9 total yards per game (266.0 passing yds/g; 165.9 rushing yds/g).
The Jacksonville Jaguars is also coming off their bye week and also are looking to rebound after a tough start to their season as the Jaguars dropped to 1-6 on the season after being defeated by the Los Angeles Chargers, 39-29, on October 25th. Jacksonville led Los Angeles by a 29-22 margin late in the 3rd quarter, however, the defense struggled the rest of the way and allowed the Chargers to get the victory after Los Angeles finished the game scoring 17 unanswered points. Jacksonville outgained Los Angeles by a 484-294 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was James Robinson who had 119 rushing yards & 1 TD on 22 carries while also adding a receiving TD.
On the season, Jacksonville is averaging 22.0 ppg on 361.6 total yards per game (265.0 passing yds/g; 96.6 rushing yds/g). On the season, Jacksonville has been led by QB Gardner Minshew II who has completed 65.9% of his passes for 1,855 yards, 13 TD, & 5 INT. Minshew II is currently doubtful for this game after suffering an injuring to his throwing hand. As of right now, Mike Glennon and Jake Luton will compete for the starting QB role this week. The top receivers for the Jaguars have been Keelan Cole Sr. (28 rec, 374 yards, 3 TD), Laviska Shenault Jr. (29 rec, 324 yards, TD), and DJ Chark Jr. (26 rec, 291 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Jaguars backfield has been James Robinson who has 481 yards & 4 TD’s on the ground while also adding 27 receptions for 225 yards & 2 TD in the passing game.
Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing their opponents to average 31.4 ppg on 427.6 total yards per game (285.0 passing yds/g; 142.6 rushing yds/g).
The Texans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games, however, are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Jacksonville. The Jaguars are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
Jacksonville was able to start off their season with a shocking win against Indianapolis, however, reality has set in as the Jaguars are looking like one of the worst teams in the NFL and could be in more trouble without Gardner Minshew II available this week. Houston has had a disappointing season, but there is not doubt that they are the more talented team in this one as I’m not concerned that their defense won’t be able to slow a Jaguars team that ranks 26th in scoring defense, I think Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense do enough to cover this home spread. Good Luck!
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Brett’s Pick Houston Texans 4
AUTHOR: Brett Nault
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