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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/18/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore



JACKSONVILLE (1 - 8) at HOUSTON (8 - 1)
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Week 11 Sunday, 11/18/2012 1:00 PM
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JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-8-63-54-514.16.0263.6(4.7)1.627.312.9389.1(5.7)1.2
Road Games1-3-0.73-02-220.710.2309.5(4.9)0.723.210.2353.7(5.3)1.5
Last 3 Games0-3-21-21-213.05.0319.0(5.1)2.027.317.3343.7(5.4)1.0
Grass Games0-7-6.22-53-411.76.0240.6(4.4)1.929.013.6382.3(5.5)1.3
Division Games1-2-0.71-20-313.02.0262.3(5.4)1.323.716.0402.3(5.5)1.0
JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games20.710.216.231:3428-103(3.7)19-3554.6%206(5.8)63-309(4.9)(14.9)
Defense (All Games)27.312.923.033:3733-137(4.2)22-3562.4%252(7.1)68-389(5.7)(14.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.241221.231:1027-111(4)23-3762.0%250(6.8)64-361(5.6)(15.1)
Defense Road Games23.210.220.730:1027-95(3.5)22-3958.1%258(6.7)66-354(5.3)(15.2)
JACKSONVILLE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-642.5%1-080.0%2-61(26.1)3-21(7.2)8-58
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 14-538.7%1-057.7%2-53(22.2)22-2(9.4)6-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-639.0%0-00.0%4-106(26.4)3-14(4.7)7-61

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-1+6.37-24-427.816.6354.3(5.4)0.915.96.8282.0(5)2.0
Home Games4-1+2.34-13-231.216.8349.8(5.4)0.617.68.0302.2(5.2)2.0
Last 3 Games3-0+33-01-225.715.3336.3(5.2)
Grass Games7-1+5.37-14-428.416.5351.4(5.3)0.915.76.7281.5(5)2.0
Division Games2-0+22-01-132.515.5354.0(5)
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.816.620.934:4635-137(3.9)19-3162.5%218(7)66-354(5.4)(12.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.611.521.332:4029-121(4.2)22-3660.5%240(6.6)65-360(5.5)(15.3)
Offense Home Games31.216.821.234:1833-113(3.5)21-3264.6%236(7.3)65-350(5.4)(11.2)
Defense (All Games)15.96.815.825:1421-86(4.1)19-3554.5%196(5.5)56-282(5)(17.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.210.81929:5926-107(4.1)21-3461.1%222(6.5)60-330(5.5)(14.2)
Defense Home Games17.68.017.225:4221-94(4.4)21-3659.1%208(5.8)58-302(5.2)(17.2)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.71.914-539.1%1-160.7%2-59(23.9)19-2(8.5)7-56
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-325.2%1-036.4%4-109(24.4)3-26(10.3)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 13-538.2%1-049.1%3-73(25.3)23-2(11)6-56
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-327.4%1-028.6%5-120(24)3-29(11.2)5-55
Average power rating of opponents played: JACKSONVILLE 20.8,  HOUSTON 19.9
JACKSONVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/23/2012@ INDIANAPOLIS22-17W3W42U32-18510-21-148029-12422-46-3131
10/21/2012@ OAKLAND23-26L6W44.5O26-5417-32-155126-6926-46-2823
10/28/2012@ GREEN BAY15-24L15.5W45U20-6227-49-279126-6622-36-1721
11/18/2012@ HOUSTON            
12/2/2012@ BUFFALO            
12/9/2012NY JETS            
12/16/2012@ MIAMI            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/23/2012@ DENVER31-25W-1.5W43O34-15217-30-284221-5926-52-3161
10/8/2012@ NY JETS23-17W-9.5L40P35-16914-28-209123-6914-32-2172
10/14/2012GREEN BAY24-42L-4L46.5O28-9022-38-231331-9924-37-3280
11/11/2012@ CHICAGO13-6W1W37U35-12714-26-88223-11518-33-1344
11/22/2012@ DETROIT            
12/2/2012@ TENNESSEE            
12/10/2012@ NEW ENGLAND            
JACKSONVILLE: There doesn't figure to be a lot of change to the Jaguars' running game. New head coach Mike Mularkey has always piloted run-heavy offenses, and he retained veteran offensive line coach Andy Heck. They'll continue to use a zone-blocking scheme and run a lot of stretch plays with Maurice Jones-Drew. Mularkey has always used a one-back system, so Jones-Drew should continue to carry a huge workload with Rashad Jennings picking up the scraps. Mularkey always skewed run-heavy in the red zone, and it makes sense with this personnel. It will be almost all Jones-Drew in the red zone. With Blaine Gabbert, Mularkey will be trying to build his confidence with high-percentage throws. Gabbert has a poor sense of the pocket, but he was especially uncomfortable turning his back in play-action situations, something he won't do as much of this season. He'll also have simplified reads and quicker throws. Rookie Justin Blackmon is a perfect fit in this offense as a catch-and-run guy who had a similar role at Oklahoma State. He and Laurent Robinson should be 1 and 1A in targets. Mularkey, like departed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, uses tight ends frequently in the passing game, which is good news for Marcedes Lewis. Mularkey has never run a lot of screen passes, but they'll find a way to utilize Jones-Drew. When they do throw in the red zone, Lewis and Blackmon are expected to be the usual targets. The Jags saw an uptick in every category on the defensive end last season, as the defense was by far the team's strongest unit. DL Jeremy Mincey was paid handsomely (4 years, $27.2M) after having nearly signed with Chicago. He has racked up an impressive 12 sacks and 81 total tackles in 24 games as a starter. LB Paul Posluszny posted big tackle numbers in his first season with the Jags, the question is whether he can remain healthy enough to string together two straight 16-game seasons for the first time in his career. LB Daryl Smith played primarily strong side for the first time in 2011 and was his typically solid self. Safety Dawan Landry doesn't provide much in terms of pass coverage, but he's a strong tackler.
HOUSTON: The Texans run the league's premier zone-blocking scheme, and they utilize it early and often. Last year, only the Tim Tebow Broncos were more run-heavy than Houston, who kept it on the ground even when quarterback Matt Schaub was healthy. When he's under center, Arian Foster still takes about 70 percent of the reps despite the emergence of Ben Tate. The Texans keep it run-heavy in the red zone, but they're much more likely to spell Foster with Tate in red zone situations. The Texans use a West Coast passing game that doesn't take a lot of chances downfield. Andre Johnson is the focal point, and they'll play him at numerous spots and are especially effective putting him in motion and creating mismatches. Owen Daniels should be healthier in his second year back from a torn ACL and is essentially the No. 2 receiver in this offense. Foster is used frequently in the screen game. Jacoby Jones had been used as a deep threat, but that role could go to rookie DeVier Posey following Jones' departure. When the Texans throw in the red zone, there is no clear-cut top option. Johnson usually draws a lot of attention, and Daniels led the team in red zone targets and catches. They'll go with two tight ends often near the goal line, and the second tight end (possibly Garrett Graham) will be targeted on the occasional play-action. Wade Phillips made dramatic improvements to this defense last year, but he also had better personnel to work with, especially in the secondary with newcomers Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning. Youngsters J.J. Watt and Connor Barwin are relentless pass rushers who create turnovers, and the team really didn't miss Mario Williams after he went down with a season-ending injury in October. Brian Cushing had a big year after moving inside in Phillips' 3-4 defense. With the amount of blitzing Houston does, he'll continue to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
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*Jaguars-Texans Preview* ========================


Tied for the NFL's best record, the Houston Texans continue to inch closer to a second straight AFC South crown.

A matchup against the division's worst team seems unlikely to slow them down.

The Texans aim for a fifth consecutive victory over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, who try to avoid matching their longest losing streak in franchise history Sunday.

Houston (8-1) made quite a statement last Sunday night, pulling out a gritty 13-6 win at Chicago to remain two games ahead of second-place Indianapolis in the division. While the Texans were limited to a season-low 215 yards, their stifling defensive unit came up huge again with a season best-tying four turnovers.

"The more ways you find to win in this league, you get more confidence," coach Gary Kubiak said. "Things like that give you a chance to be a great team. There will be nothing false about what we are when we get there at the end because we've been in some tough situations. And the more we handle them, the better we get."

Giving up averages of 281.6 yards and 15.9 points to rank second and third in the league, the Texans made things especially difficult on the Jaguars (1-8) during a 27-7 road win Sept. 16, holding them to a franchise-low 117 yards.

While Houston has outscored Jacksonville by an average of 13.5 points during its run in this series, Kubiak isn't overlooking Sunday's matchup.

"We've got to get ready for a division opponent real quick," he said after last weekend's win. "It's just part of the maturing process if you want to be good enough to someday put yourself in the position to win a championship. I think we're growing up from that standpoint."

Tied with Kansas City for the league's worst record, the Jaguars are averaging 12.5 points during a six-game losing streak. Jacksonville, which suffered seven consecutive defeats during its inaugural 1995 season, saw its woes continue last Thursday with a 27-10 loss to the Colts.

"I don't think any of us thought that we would be in this position," coach Mike Mularkey said. "I know our team didn't feel like we'd be in this position. ... We're not looking back. We're moving forward. We're going to try to continue to gain progress in what we're doing. It's disappointing because none of us felt like we would be here by any means."

Maurice Jones-Drew's continued absence surely hasn't helped the Jaguars, who won't have their All-Pro running back for the fourth consecutive game. Starting in place of Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings has compiled 131 yards on 40 carries over the last three weeks.

Blaine Gabbert completed 18 of 31 passes for 209 yards with an interception last Thursday before aggravating an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. While Chad Henne was much more efficient in his place, Gabbert, whose 76.9 passer rating ranks sixth-lowest in the NFL, will continue to start.

"I don't think it's one guy," Mularkey said. "You always go to that guy. Not in here. Everybody is held accountable for why the offense is not functioning at a high level consistently, and I think that goes for everybody. That's including the coaches."

In addition to getting a better performance from Gabbert, the Jaguars will likely need to step up their efforts against the run Sunday. Jacksonville is allowing an average of 137.4 rushing yards and has surrendered 14 TDs on the ground, the second-most in the league.

The Jaguars' struggles could lead to another big day for Arian Foster, who ran for 102 yards and scored his NFL-best 12th TD from scrimmage against the Bears.

"I would say that was about the toughest 102 yards a man could get," Kubiak said. "Everybody and their brother knew who was getting the ball and he still found a way to keep us on track."

Foster, who's rushed for 523 yards and six scores in five starts against the Jaguars, may not need to shoulder all of the load Sunday with Ben Tate possibly returning following a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury.

Nose tackle Shaun Cody and tight end Owen Daniels, who leads the Texans with five touchdown receptions, could also play after sitting out last weekend.

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