Brock Osweiler v. Blake Bortles! Get your beer, wings and remote… for a different game!
The Houston Texans are in control of their playoff destiny and a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars this week will go a long way to fulfilling that destiny. The Week 15 NFL Texas Vs Jags betting spread favors Houston by 6-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 18th at 1:00 PM ET on CBS from the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Houston Texans Vs Jacksonville Jaguars Spread & ATS Pick
What: Houston Texans (7-6) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Houston, TX
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Texans -6
Moneyline: Jacksonville +215 vs Houston -255
Game Total: 39
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Houston vs Jacksonville
Why Bet The Houston Texans To Beat The Jaguars
The Houston Texans earned an important 22-15 win over their division rival Colts last week. They are 7-6 SU and 6-7 ATS this season. They average 17.6 points per game (28th) and give up 21.1 points per game (13th).
The Texans average 190.0 passing yards per game (30th). QB Brock Osweiler (2656 yards, 14 TDs & 14 INTs) and his lackluster play is making Broncos GM John Elway decision to let the QB walk a smart one. Last week, Osweiler completed 14 of 24 passes for 147 yards for one interception.
"Going 1-for-5 in the red zone offensively is unacceptable. Period. It’s just unacceptable," Osweiler said. "We had an opportunity to give our team a little bit of cushion."
WR DeAndre Hopkins (60 rec, 701 yards, 4 TDs) averages 11.7 yards per reception. Houston averages 126.1 rushing yards per game (5th). RB Lamar Miller (246 car, 1010 yards, 4 TDs) reached the 1000-yard mark in a season for the second time in his career.
Houston has the 6th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 213.0 passing yards per game (5th) and 105.8 rushing yards (18th). Benardrick McKinney leads the team with 114 tackles, and Whitney Mercilus has 5.5 sacks.
Why Bet The Jacksonville Jaguars To Beat The Texans
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been atrocious this season going 2-11 SU record and 6-7 ATS. Their 25-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week was their 8th in a row. They average 18.5 points per game (27th) and allow 26.0 points per game (27th).
The Jags average 232.8 passing yards per game (21st). Last week, QB Blake Bortles (3187 yards, 21 TDs & 15 INTs) had zero turnovers for the fourth time this season. WR Marqise Lee (54 rec, 728 yards, 2 TDs) has been the bright spot in this anemic offense. He’s coming off of his best performance of the season with five catches for 113 yards.
"They’re all competing, but he’s really standing out," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said of Lee. "I like where he’s at right now, and I think he’s playing with great competitive spirt, and he’s competing in his routes, he’s competing in catching, he’s competing in blocking."
Jacksonville averages 99.8 rushing yards per game (21st). RB T.J. Yeldon (120 car, 432 yards, 1 TD) has been unimpressive this season. He recorded 59 yards on 17 carries last week against Minnesota.
Jacksonville has the 5th best total defense in the NFL. The Jaguars allow 203.0 passing yards per game (4th) and 113.2 rushing yards per game (23rd). Paul Posluszny has 107 tackles and Yannick Ngakoue 6.0 has sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Jacksonville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Jacksonville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- Jacksonville is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- Jacksonville is 2-21 SU in its last 23 games on the road
- Houston is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
- Houston is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Texans Vs Jaguars ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Texans aren’t a particularly good team, but they keep finding ways to beat their divisional opponents, and that will be enough to beat the Jags but not cover the betting spread.
My final score prediction is Houston 23, Jacksonville 20.