8:25 PM ET, December 5, 2013
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Hopes weren’t high with Houston Texans after a recent home defeat versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now that the Texans have fallen into last place after winning the last two AFC South titles, it might be Jacksonville who could feel ashamed by not sweeping the season series.
Hoping to impress YouWager experts and come out victorious three straight for the first time in three football seasons, the Jaguars would like to end a franchise-worst, seven-game home losing streak and hand Houston an 11th consecutive loss Thursday night.
A few weeks ago when these teams met in Houston (2-10), Jacksonville entered with the NFL’s worst record but emerged with a 13-6 win over the two-time reigning division champions.
As the Jaguars (3-9) snapped a five-game skid in the series, Houston’s receiver Andre Johnson called it the “lowest point” of his 11-year career with the league. Teammate Ben Tate said he respected Jacksonville but felt “very embarrassed and bad for the city (of Houston).”
The Jags also had to deal with similarly disparaging comments from at least one Tennessee Titans player after ending their 0-8 start with a 29-27 victory versus the Titans on Nov. 10.
Houston managed to match a season high for points Sunday, but blew a 10-point halftime lead en route to a 34-31 home defeat versus the New England Patriots.
The Texans have been outscored 151-49 after the first half during the franchise-worst 10-game skid.
Tate was held to one yard on seven carries against the Jaguars, then rushed for a season-high 102 and three touchdowns on 22 attempts Sunday. Even so, Case Keenum went 15 of 30 for 272 yards with an interception and no TDs.
In six starts, the 25 year-old is completing 54.2 percent of his passes — second-worst in the NFL since Oct. 15. Keenum has thrown two picks and no touchdowns in the last two, which included a season-low 169-yard passing effort versus Jacksonville.
The Texans allow 303.9 yards per game to rank third in the football league but give up an average of 26.9 points to rank 27th.
According to the NFL live wagering lines, the texans were last swept by Jacksonville in 2009 and were held to a season-low 218 total yards during the first meeting.