Thanks to a bunch of significant injuries to several of their best players, like former league MVP defensive end J.J. Watt and gifted rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, the huge NFL Spread underdog Houston Texans are nearly almost lifeless entering their Week 15 AFC South divisional matchup.
Making matters worse is the fact that the Texans must now take on a Jacksonville Jaguars team that is on fire and steamrolling toward what looks like their first playoff berth since way back in 2007. Will the Texans show up with some fight in this Week 15 division showdown or will the Jags stomp out what little life is left in their injury-ravaged division rivals?
Let’s find out the answer to that question right now.
Houston at Jacksonville Week 15 NFL Spread & Game Preview
“He’s been there before.”#Texans QB T.J. Yates is ready for Sunday.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) 14 de diciembre de 2017
- When: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
- TV: CBS
- Radio: 610 AM (Houston) / 99.9 FM (Jacksonville)
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Spread: Jacksonville Jaguars -11 (Over/Under at 39)
- Partly Cloudy: 23°C/73°F
- Humidity: 57%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 52%
- Wind: 7 mph SE
- Stadium Type: Open
- All: Texans 4-9 / Jaguars 9-4
- Home: Texans 3-4 / Jaguars 5-2
- Away: Texans 1-5 / Jaguars 4-2
- ATS: Texans 7-6 / Jaguars 8-5
- Over/Under: Texans 6-6-1 / Jaguars 6-7
Why Bet on the Houston Texans Odds at +11?
Why bet on the Texans in this contest? Well, because they’re getting 11 points – and they may be better under T.J. Yates than they ever were under Tom Savage.
The 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 bad news is that Houston will take on a red-hot Jacksonville team that is playing extremely well right now and routinely shutting down their opponents. The Jaguars racked up franchise-record 10 sacks in their 29-7 Week 1 home win over Houston.
With Savage out with a concussion he suffered last week, Houston coach Bill O’Brien will hand the keys to the car to veteran T.J. Yates, but that may not be such a bad thing as Yates completed 14 of 26 passes for 175 yards and two TD passes to DeAndre Hopkins in last week’s loss.
“We know what type of defense we’re going up against and how talented they are up front and in the backend, so we have to be sharp,” Yates said. “Definitely the ball has to come out quick.”
Defensively, Houston will turn to now, reliable veteran outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney to help stop a Jacksonville offense that has gotten better as the season has gone along. The fourth-year veteran and former No. 1 overall pick has nine sacks and ranks second in the NFL in tackles for loss with 20.
“He can take over a game,” Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said. “He really can. He’s an outstanding football player.”
Why Bet on the Jacksonville Jaguars Odds at -11?
Why bet on Jacksonville? Well, for one, because the jags have a lot to play for! Jacksonville is one game ahead of Marcus Mariota and a Tennessee Titans team that has looked wobbly in recent weeks, in the race for first place in the AFC South.
Jacksonville is also simply a better team in all three phases, just like the NFL Spread indicates.
The Jags have won two straight and six of seven and recorded an impressive 30-24 win over Seattle on Sunday to cover the chalk as a 3-point home. Jacksonville is ranked a stellar sixth in scoring (25.3 ppg) and an astonishing first in points allowed (15.5 ppg). Quarterback Blake Bortles and powerful rookie running back Leonard Fournette (923 yards, 9 Tds) are leading the charge for a playoff berth offensively.
Bortles completed 18-of-27 passes against Seattle for 268 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while Fournette rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. Bortles was asked Wednesday if it was the best performance of his career.
“I think it’s definitely up there,” Bortles said. “Offensively, we go out there and put up that kind of performance together, execute the way that we did, run game, pass game, against a good team, a good defense like that. We talked about the situation, doing it in December. I think it was a big game all-around.”
Latest NFL Betting Trends for Week 15
- Texans are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
- Texans are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
- Jaguars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
- Jaguars are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Jacksonville’s last 7 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Look, the pick here is quite simple NFL bettors!
The Jags have everything to play for as they sit in first place in the AFC South, while Houston has absolutely nothing left to play for except pride in what has turned into a nightmare campaign for them. While I do think the Texans will be better off offensively under Yates than they were under Savage, Houston still isn’t in the same caliber of teams right now as Jacksonville.
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 an uninspiring 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Jaguars are 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. Jacksonville wins and covers the NFL Spread people…it’s that simple!
Pick: Jacksonville -11