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Jacksonville Jaguars Have a Major Problem as They Get Set for 2017 Regular Season Opener at Houston Texans
The Jacksonville Jaguars got a lot right by changing their entire regime, starting in the front office by naming former head coach Tom Coughlin as the Executive Vice President of football operations. While Coughlin hired a new head coach in Doug Marrone and drafted a punishing running back with the fourth overall pick in the draft, the Jags have one major problem as they get set for the upcoming 2017 campaign. Now, let’s find out exactly what that problem is as they get set for their Week 1 regular season opener against AFC South division rival Houston.
The NFL Week 1 odds favor Houston by 5.5-points to beat Jacksonville. Kick-off is scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET, live from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with this game airing live on CBS.
Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Odds & Pick
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Stream: CBS Sports
NFL Week 1 Odds: Houston -5.5
Why Bet The Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Week 1 Odds At +5.5
Jacksonville went a surprising 2-2 in the preseason by beating New England and Atlanta in Weeks 2 and 4 and losing to Tampa Bay and Carolina in Weeks 2 and 3. The Jaguars were limited to a pitiful three wins in 2016 in the final year of the Gus Bradley era in 2016, so clearly, they have nowhere to go but up as the proverbial saying goes. The Jags ranked an uninspiring 25th in scoring last season by averaging just 19.9 points per game while finishing an identical 25th in points allowed (25.0 ppg).
To address their needs, Jacksonville drafted powerful running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick in the draft while signing veteran defensive tackle Calais Campbell and safety Barry Church in free agency while adding tackle Cam Robinson with their second round pick.
Unfortunately, the Jags forgot to address their quarterback situation where incumbent starter Blake Bortles and veteran backup Chad Henne have both looked completely awful in the preseason. The only thing you need to know about Bortles is that, since being drafted third overall in 2014, the former central Florida star has 11 career wins – and 11 pick-six interceptions. Henne has proven to be mediocre at best ever since Miami drafted him in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft. While Bortles won the starting job for the regular season, it mostly came by default as he was the lesser of two evils.
Why Bet The Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Odds At -5.5
The Houston Texans have gone 9-7 in each of the last three seasons but that was without any competent play at quarterback. Now, with veteran Tom Savage taking over and first round draft pick Deshaun Watson waiting in the wings, the Texans look like they’re good to go at quarterback for quite some time.
The Texans went 1-2 in the preseason after canceling their finale against Dallas because of Hurricane Harvey and beating New England in Week 2 while falling to Carolina and New Orleans in Weeks 1and 3 respectively. Houston struggled to score the ball last season by ranking 28th in points per game (17.4 ppg) but they were phenomenal in ranking first in total defense and 11th in points allowed (20.5 ppg).
To address their needs on both sides of the ball, the Texans drafted Watson in the first round while adding linebacker Zach Cunningham in the second round and running back D’Onta Foreman in the third round.
Savage also has plenty of talent at the skill positions in running back Lamar Miller and wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Wes Fuller and Braxton Miller. The Texans will also be bolstered by the return of Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt after he missed almost the entire 2016 season.
Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Free Pick
The Texans are the ‘super easy’ pick in this Week 1 AFC South divisional battle as they are, by far, the better team on both sides of the ball.
Jacksonville is 0-4 ATS in their last four regular season openers while Houston has gone 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games against their AFC South division rivals and an encouraging 5-2 ATS in their last 7 regular season openers. Again, the Texans are the easy pick to get it done people!
Pick: Texans -5.5 Points