The Jacksonville Jaguars are on fire and streaking toward what looks like a sure-fire playoff appearance. The Houston Texans are not only almost lifeless entering their Week 15 AFC South divisional matchup, but as banged-up as any team in the league at this point.
Houston Texans Vs Jacksonville Jaguars Spread Betting Tips
Houston (4-9) at Jacksonville (9-4)
When: Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
NFL Odds: Jacksonville -11
The Houston Texans have lost three straight and six of their last seven games including their 26-16 Week 14 loss to San Francisco last weekend while failing to cover the spread as a slight one-point home favorite in the process. The Texans have lost several starters for the season including star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and superstar defensive end J.J. Watt.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have won two straight and six of seven and picked up a seriously impressive 30-24 win over Seattle on Sunday to cover the spread as a 3-point home favorite despite my pick otherwise. The Jags are ranked a shocking sixth in scoring (25.3 ppg) and spectacular first in points allowed (15.5 ppg) and are now getting some eye-opening play from quarterback Blake Bortles and powerful rookie running back Leonard Fournette (923 yards, 9 TDs).
The Jags have everything to play for as they sit in first place in the AFC South, one game ahead of Marcus Mariota and the suddenly struggling Tennessee Titans while Houston has absolutely nothing left to play for except pride in what has turned into a nightmare campaign for them.
The Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against their AFC South division rivals and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning home record.
Jacksonville is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December, a near-perfect 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against their AFC South division rivals and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Jaguars already beat the Texans 29-7 back in Houston in Week 1 Sept. 10th. While that Texans team did have Watt, the starting QB was Tom Savage.
Pick: Jacksonville -11