Week 15 NFL Free Picks: Jacksonville At Houston

Posted by Henry Watkins on Friday,December 16, 2016 4:01, EDT in

With just 3 weeks left in the regular season, there are several really great races going on in the NFL. There are few races as tight as the one going on in the AFC South right now, as there are 3 of the 4 teams who could still legitimately win it. Making things even more exciting is the fact that given the records of the three teams involved, it is probably only going to be the division winner that makes it into the playoffs. The Houston Texans have the same 7-6 record as the Tennessee Titans atop the division, but hold the tiebreaker that would give them the playoff berth if the season were to end right now. They will not want to rely on that to get in, though, so they will be looking to finish the season strong, which is a goal they should be able to get started on this weekend when they face a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has been a massive disappointment this season. The Texans have been installed as a 5-point betting odds favorite for this one.

In Depth Analysis On The Week 15 NFL Free Picks: Jaguars At Texans

When: Sunday December 18 at 1 PM EST
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
TV: CBS
Radio: WJXL and KILT
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
NFL Odds: TBA

 

 

Why bet on the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have a number of problems to deal with heading into this game, starting with the fact that they have now lost 8 in a row. Another issue has been their poor play on the road, where they are currently just 1-5. Oddly enough, they have struggled offensively this season, but have still racked up more points than the Texans. Part of the problem has been their inability to protect the football combined with the defense not really being able to create any sort of havoc. Jacksonville Jaguars are just 4-8 ATS this season, but have been a better bet on the road, where they are currently 3-3 ATS.

Why bet on the Houston Texans

The Texans have put themselves in a bit of a tough position in recent weeks, losing 3 in a row before finally picking up a crucial division win over the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. Like the Jaguars, Houston has had problems offensively, and it’s fair to say that the money that they invested in QB Brock Osweiler has yet to be repaid in any meaningful way. This is unfortunate, because the Texans are once again a team that are solid on the defensive side of the football. Houston has had dome real success versus the Jaguars in recent seasons, winning the last 5 meetings, and going 4-1 ATS in those match-ups.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The meeting between these two earlier in the season was a close one, with the Texans picking up a 24-21 win on the road in Jacksonville. I think this one will be a little more comfortable, and that Houston will cover the spread quite handily.

Jacksonville Jaguars 14 Houston Texans 24